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!
It is a universally accepted truth in fiction that heroes need villains, and darkness needs light. And just like every rose has its dawn and every night has its thorn, one of the most persistent thorns in Judge Dredd's side is his long-time arch-nemesis Judge Death. Hailing from a dimension where it's been decided that … Continue reading Oddities #20191206
My first encounter with Scott Adams' comic-strip Dilbert -- for a long time one of my favourite newspaper strips -- was via this poster advertising Xhibition 94, a "corporate development conference" taking place in San Jose, California, in June 1994. A quarter of a century on, I don't remember acquiring the poster, but the bottom … Continue reading Oddities #20191129
Cerebus the Aardvark was an independent comic published, created and written Dave Sim, with art initially by Sim alone, then from issue #65 by Sim and Gerhard (one of those one-named stars, like Madonna or Bono or Elvis) that ran for three hundred mostly-monthly issues from December 1977 to March 2004. The lead character, Cerebus, … Continue reading Oddities #20191122