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?”
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!
PLEASE NOTE: This chart is now OUT OF DATE!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!
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
“My guy’s mad at me,” sang Tracey Ullman in her gender-swapped version of the classic 1979 hit “My Girl” by Madness. I’m guessing, however, that no matter how mad Tracey’s guy was at her, I’m even madder at My Guy. That’s My Guy the magazine, of course. But why am I mad at it, I … Continue reading Can You Help Me Track Down My Guy?
Debbie Publisher: DC Thomson Issues: 518 First issue: 17 February 1973 Last issue: 15 January 1983 Merged into: Mandy Absorbed: Spellbound As mentioned before on this blog, the first rule of British girls' comics was that the title had to be a girl's name (the only exceptions I can think of at the moment are … Continue reading Pocket-Money Comics: Debbie
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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
(Note: This was originally published on the always excellent but sadly-missed 2000AD and Beyond blog) For a few years now I’ve been steadily compiling a list of all the comics (and story-papers) ever published in the UK. The list is nowhere near complete (it currently contains 1,559 different titles: I’m guessing that I’ve passed the … Continue reading Bea: The Rarest Marvel UK Comic?
Girls’ comics are often sorely neglected on the web… It seems to me that this is most likely not because girls didn’t buy comics - they very much did - but because the issues didn’t survive. They weren’t collected as obsessively as boys’ comics, which is a real shame because some of the British comic … Continue reading UK Girls’ Comics and Annuals