When I was younger (which doesn't narrow things down much: until now I've always been younger) I used to draw -- or rather colour -- Superman's boots with a yellow stripe around the top, the same yellow as his belt and the blobs on his chest's S-symbol. The angle of the top of the boots … Continue reading Oddities: Superman’s Boots
James Whale's Frankenstein was published in 1974 by Picador in the UK as part of their Film Classics Library series. I've been wrestling with how to categorise this one for a while... Does it count as a noncomic or an oddity? Or is it neither? Or all three? I eventually concluded that it can't be … Continue reading Oddities: James Whale’s Frankenstein – the photonovel
Published in 1989 by Pocket Books in the USA, The Bank Street Book of Science Fiction -- edited by Howard Zimmerman, Seymour Reit and Barbara Brenner -- is a 184-paged book-sized anthology of black-and-white comic strips, most of which were adapted from existing science fiction stories. Back in the 1950s and 1960s -- an era … Continue reading Oddities: The Bank Street Book of Science Fiction
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
Dis-entombed from the archives comes this, the very first issue of The Jasper! "Ah, now, c'mon, Rusty!" I imagine that I hear you say. "What in the heckest of all blinkin' flips are you tryna pull here? Shirley this isn't a real comic?" Correct, it isn't! The cover is designed to resemble a comic -- … Continue reading Oddities #20200117
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
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!