It's long been a tradition for British comics aimed at girls to be given a girls' name (that is, a name we tend to commonly associate with female people), but -- not counting those whose title is the name of a character like Batman or Popeye -- how many comics can you list that have … Continue reading “Remind me again… What’s the publisher’s daughter’s name?”
Among the anniversaries for May we have a couple of UK Marvel titles, a British comic not in the English language, and the very noticeable effects of The Wartime Comics Purge: thanks to paper shortages during the Second World War, a lot of comics met their demise eighty years ago, in May of 1940... one … Continue reading Hatch, Match & Dispatch – May 2020
2000AD -- the legendary British Science Fiction anthology comic -- has now reached issue 2176, which means that it's time for me to fulfil the Ancient Prophecy I made in the last version of the issue-count chart and provide an updated edition. (You'll possibly have spotted that I've stopped describing these things as Longevity Charts … Continue reading British Comics Top-10 Issue-Count Chart – 2020 edition!
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
IPC's Buster comic waved good-bye on 4 January 2000, exactly twenty years ago. To commemorate the demise of that great comic, here's a revised edition of the Buster family tree that debuted in June 2018 on this very blog. Back then, I was more interested in the family tree aspect -- showing how the comics … Continue reading The Buster Timeline
If you've spent any time peeking at or poking into the history of British comics there's a very good chance you'll have come across mentions of The Wonder, or The Funny Wonder, or The Jolly Jester, or The Halfpenny Wonder, or Jester & Wonder, or some variation on those titles. You might even have thought … Continue reading The Mysteries of Wonder!
We're into 2020 now, which means that 1940 was a round number of years ago. This in turn means that this year we'll be acknowledging the anniversaries of the deaths of a lot of British comics thanks to the paper shortages of World War II. None for January, thankfully, but they're coming (spoiler: one of … Continue reading Hatch, Match & Dispatch – January 2020
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
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!
PLEASE NOTE: This chart is now OUT OF DATE! Click here for the latest version! The British Science Fiction anthology comic 2000AD has, as of this week, reached issue 2104, which means it has overtaken War Picture Library (Amalgamated Press / Fleetway / IPC, from 1 Sep 1958 to 3 Dec 1984) in the … Continue reading The British Comics Top-10 Longevity Chart!