Amazingly, it turns out that comics aren't just for boys! No one saw that coming, right? Except, of course, for the countless millions of readers of non-boy-exclusive comics whose voices are still frequently being either ignored or silenced. Younger readers might find it hard to believe, but back in the day (that day being roughly … Continue reading Eaglution of British Comics, part 3
As I mentioned before (in Deciphering the Logo), in 1969 the legendary British comic Eagle ended its nineteen-year run when it was absorbed into Lion, which was then absorbed into Valiant in 1974, which was in turn gobbled up by Battle in 1976, and then in 1988 it all came full-circle when Battle was consumed … Continue reading Eaglution of British Comics, part 1
A good few visitors to this blog have told me they've been attempting to identify the comics from which the letters of the blog's logo were taken. If you're also playing that game, then read no further because I'm about to reveal all the answers... First, the rules: I decided that each letter had to … Continue reading Deciphering the Logo
Free with issue #7 of the relaunched Eagle (8th May, 1982, right), this oddly washed-out poster of Dan Dare's arch-nemesis The Mekon. Subsequent issues provided colour "Cut-Out-And-Collect-And-Ruin-Your-Comic" pictures of Dan Dare and supporting characters to fill the gaps. Usually Fleetway/IPC comics of the era had free gifts with the first three issues, and then the … Continue reading Master of Menace!
Issue #23 of the free on-line fanzine takes a look at Britain's legendary science fiction hero Dan Dare, with Michael Carroll co-editing! It's a massive issue that looks at the Colonel in print and everywhere! Featuring words from James Bacon, Richard Bruton, Jim Burns, Chris Garcia, James Shields, Bryan Talbot and many, many more! Download … Continue reading Journey Planet #23: Dan Dare
As we all know, there’s a standard size for comics, which is approximately 15.5cm x 24cm (6” x 9.5” for those poor souls who don’t understand the metric system). But that’s only American comics, of course. And only current American comics, at that. When I was growing up in the 1970s and 80s, the most … Continue reading Little Comics
Some will disagree (and they have every right to do so, even if they’re wrong) but it seems to me that the first mass-market comic that really understood its readers without patronising them was Eagle. First published in on April 14, 1950, at a price of three pence (equivalent to about US$192.72 in modern money, … Continue reading The Parent of Modern Comics?