If you're a fan of British comics it possibly hasn't escaped your notice that 2000AD was launched this week(ish) in the year 1977. Forty-three years ago, that was: some of the photons that left our sun on the day the comic was launched have potentially now travelled all the way to the binary star system … Continue reading Dateline: 26 Feb 1977
1015 was a Saturday supplement to the British newspaper The Times that ran for several years in the mid-to-late 1990s. Possibly beyond, too, but info on it isn't easy to find. At a guess, it's called "1015" not because someone behind the scenes was up against a deadline to suggest a title and just happened … Continue reading Oddities #20200124
I'm happy to announce that Rusty Staples' sophomore year ("sophomore" is American high-school slang for "second") was even more successful than its first, even despite the four-month drought in the summer when I was too busy to post anything (due to a heavy workload, a week's holiday in London, the World Science Fiction Convention in … Continue reading Most Popular Posts of 2019!
It is a universally accepted truth in fiction that heroes need villains, and darkness needs light. And just like every rose has its dawn and every night has its thorn, one of the most persistent thorns in Judge Dredd's side is his long-time arch-nemesis Judge Death. Hailing from a dimension where it's been decided that … Continue reading Oddities #20191206
While writing about Before Watchmen last week I was reminded that occasionally comics are promised but they don't arrive. Sometimes this is because of economic or political factors, other times it's because the creators changed their minds, or were otherwise unable or unwilling to produce the work. Now and then it's because the comic was … Continue reading Comics That Never Were #1
Prepare yourself for a shock, comic fans: We are now further away from the last issue of Battle Picture Weekly than its first issue was from the end of World War II. Battle, to use its street name, is arguably one of the most important and influential British comics of all time. Of course, that's … Continue reading Branding: Battle Picture Weekly