Oddities: Goody Goody comic

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

Oddities: Superman coasters

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

Oddities: Daniel Rand IS Shang-Chi: Master of Kung-Fu!

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!

Oddities: Indiana Jones vs. the V.S.W.K!

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!

Oddities: James Whale’s Frankenstein – the photonovel

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

Oddities: The Bank Street Book of Science Fiction

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