Aimed at little kids, Zip was short-lived adventure comic from the late 1950s... But is there a dark, terrifying secret murkily lurking in its history? Or is this intro paragraph just... clickbait?
All the Rusty Staples British Comics Timelines in one place! How lucky are you?
My Guy magazine was famous for its romance-based photo-stories and helpful advice columns, but does its cheerful, optimistic facade hide a dark, dangerous past filled with treachery, murder and poison-tipped darts? (Well, no, it doesn't, but this is worth a read anyway, I promise!)
OK, so Dr. Who & The Daleks was a movie, not a TV show, but I first saw it on TV so that counts... The movie -- loosely based on the second story of the then-relatively-fresh smash-hit BBC science fiction show -- was released in 1965 and stared Peter Cushing as the title character... a … Continue reading Comics on TV: Dr. Who & The Daleks
To save you literally whiles of searching through this blog, here are all of Rusty's reviews in one place! Updated: 3 July 2021 Comics: The Bank Street Book of Science Fiction -- 7 Feb 2020 Batman Monthly -- 26 Jun 2020 Battle Picture Weekly -- 2 Jun 2019 Bea -- 15 Aug 2017 Boy's Cinema … Continue reading Rusty’s Reviews Round-Up
The Eagle Family Tree was one of the first major posts on this blog, back in May 2018, but it's always bothered me a little that I did it the lazy way, showing only the hierarchical relationships between the comics and not a proper time-line. Plus, unlike some of the later timelines on this blog … Continue reading The Eagle Timeline
Welcome back, folks, to the regular feature I like to think of as "The One That Seemed Like a Great Idea Until I Realised How Much Work it Would be for So Little Reward." (Did you know I don't even get paid to do this? In fact, just so that you don't have to wade … Continue reading Hatch, Match & Dispatch – April 2020
I don't know whether the Sunday papers still produce magazines (I'm not entirely sure that the Sunday papers still produce Sunday papers), but Eagle-eyed readers of the Telegraph Sunday Magazine, number 49, dated August 21 1977, will have spotted that that cover of that issue bears a remarkable resemblance to the cover of the first … Continue reading Oddities #20200110
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
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