One of my all-time favourite comic characters, Mike Mignola's Hellboy, has only been around for twenty-five years old. He's such an iconic and influential character that to me it feels like he's been part of the comics scene for much longer than that. He first appeared in the four-part series "Seed of Destruction," published by … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Hellboy!
The home of Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog and countless other great characters and stories is now forty-two years old -- and it's just as good as ever!
The 1995 Judge Dredd movie -- the one starring Sylvester Stallone -- is generally not highly regarded among Judge Dredd fans. While there are some who do really like it, they're outnumbered by those who dismiss it, or even despise it. And there are those who see it more as a misfire than anything else. … Continue reading Noncomics: Judge Dredd Beginners’ Books
A few weeks ago we looked at the Mighty World of Marvel and Spider-Man Comics Weekly family trees, so here's a timeline of the remaining Marvel UK comics of the 70s and 80s. Why only the 70s & 80s? Why, that's simple! Beyond the 80s it's a scary nightmarish quagmire, that's why. Marvel UK was … Continue reading Marvel UK 70s & 80s Leftovers Timeline
When the Fantastic Four's creators Jack Kirby and Stan Lee were on top form -- specifically around the middle of their 102-issue run as a team -- the comic truly was spectacular stuff, with scenes and storylines that have rarely been surpassed since. Not that the rest of their time together was ever less than … Continue reading Noncomics: Marvel Chillers – The Frightful Four
Due to the huge moderate success of the first part of this series -- in which I explored the appearances of Star Wars-related material in the legendary British science fiction anthology comic 2000AD -- I decided that I would, after all, finish compiling my carefully-researched and luckily-stumbled-upon material into a second, and probably final, part. … Continue reading Star Wars in 2000AD, part 2
Solar Salutations, fellow humans! It's time once again to splice the hatches and batten down the mainbrace and settle in for a long meander down retrospect river, because Unky Rusty has wrangled his trained pedantosaur out of its pen (actually, it's more of a paddock than a pen) and taken it foraging for juicy and … Continue reading Star Wars in 2000AD, part 1