In the late 1970s, uncoincidentally around the time Star Wars was released and gave science fiction a massive boost in popularity, KP Snacks released Outer Spacers. Subtitled "Crispy Corn Snacks for Cosmonauts" these were cheap but tasty fried snacks -- sort of a sci-fi version of the more famous Monster Munch -- available in a … Continue reading Noncomics: KP Outer Spacers Free Space Posters
For a change, today's article isn't about something created by someone else... this is a vanity project! (In stark contrast to the pure altruism that drips from every other article on this blog...) If you're a regular reader of this blog you'll likely be aware of my interest in logos and symbols, particularly when it … Continue reading Noncomics: Making Superman’s Shield
In the first part of this highly-acclaimed-by-me series, we looked at how the Doctor Who Weekly comic evolved into the Doctor Who Magazine magazine. This time, it's the turn of another staple of the Marvel UK publishing group, Spider-Man Comics Weekly. A spin-off from The Mighty World of Marvel -- launched four months earlier -- Spider-Man … Continue reading Branding: Spider-Man Comics Weekly
Give me a new magazine and I'll spend as much time studying the design and layout as I will reading the content... In particular I find logos and branding to be fascinating. I'm aware that it's a niche interest, but we live in a market-driven world and branding is key to marketing. For a company … Continue reading Branding: Doctor Who Weekly/Monthly/Magazine
"The what timeline?" I imagine that I hear you ask. Wonder no more, chum: those four-letter words that look a bit like they might be the names of Welsh TV stations are the commonly-used shortcuts for The Mighty World of Marvel and Spider-Man Comics Weekly, the first two titles released by the British wing of … Continue reading The MWOM & SMCW Timeline
Rusty Staples was launched only about eight months ago as the fly crows, but already it's in the top 100% of the most popular comic blogs ever! Amazing, I know, but there you go: you wonderful people know awesomeness when you see it! Now, to welcome in the year 2019, I'd like to take you … Continue reading Most Popular Posts of 2018!
Hello, girls and boys! Are you sitting comfortably? Well, stop fidgeting, then. And stop picking at that or it'll never heal. I swear, if you don't all settle down right now I'm going to turn this internet around and we'll all go home! Is that what you want? Is it? No? I didn't think so. … Continue reading The Playhour Timeline