Long before The Young Ones deigned to (dis)grace the TV airwaves, and longer before I'd even heard of Monty Python's Flying Circus, my comedy heroes were Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor, AKA The Goodies. They were silly, inventive, childish, slightly subversive, much more accessible to younger people like myself, and above all they … Continue reading Oddities: Goody Goody comic
So, remember those X-Men coasters I featured last year? Well, guess what? That's right, you guessed correctly, even though there's a pretty big clue in this post's title... Today we're looking at Superman coasters! But these are no fantasy, no careless product of wild imagination, no beermat-like cardboard discs churned out as a cheap promotional … Continue reading Oddities: Superman coasters
Marvel's mysterious martial artist Danny Rand -- AKA The Immortal Iron Fist -- premiered in Marvel Premiere #15 (May 1974)... The cover was pencilled by Gil Kane and inked by Dick Giordano (with alterations by John Romita). It's a great image and a fantastic way to introduce a new character. Later that same year, this … Continue reading Oddities: Daniel Rand IS Shang-Chi: Master of Kung-Fu!
Last week, as I was preparing the August 2020 Hatch, Match and Dispatch feature, I was paging through my (sadly incomplete) collection of Marvel UK's Indiana Jones comics when I encountered a mystery that I'd spotted back when the comics were new but about which I'd subsequently forgotten... Indiana Jones Publisher: Marvel UK From: Oct … Continue reading Oddities: Indiana Jones vs. the V.S.W.K!
Beneath a Steel Sky is a highly regarded 1994 computer game developed by Revolution Software and released on the MS-DOS, Amiga and iOS platforms. I bought it a couple of years after it was published but I never managed to get it to install properly, even though my PC at the time was a top-of-the-range … Continue reading Oddities: Beneath a Steel Sky
Mrs Rusty and I have been lucky enough to attend the famous San Diego Comic Con on three separate occasions -- in 2008, 2011 and 2014 -- and it's always been a great holiday, but mostly that's because one of my oldest friends lives just outside San Diego and getting to catch up with himself … Continue reading Oddities: Captain America fans
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