“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?
Buster was a monster. Buster the comic, that is, not Buster the character, who was a nice kid. His father, on the other hand, was the monster: the alcoholic, gambling-addicted, spouse-abusing Andy Capp from the same-titled cartoon strip that's been running in the British tabloid newspapers The Mirror and The Sunday Mirror since 1957. Buster … Continue reading Eaglution of British Comics, part 2
Jet Publisher: IPC Issues: 22 First issue: 1 May 1971 Last issue: 25 September 1971 Merged into: Buster Absorbed: None Jet was one of those IPC comics with a life so brief that it almost didn't exist at all. Its first issue was cover-dated 1 May 1971 and its last was a mere twenty-two weeks … Continue reading Pocket Money Comics: Jet
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
Checking back over this site yesterday I spotted an error... I'd long believed that the British humour comic Buster had lasted 2080 issues: the same number of issues that the science fiction anthology comic 2000AD reaches today (9 May 2018). So I was all prepared to update my British Comics Longevity Chart. But it turns … Continue reading The British Comics Top-11 Longevity Chart!
(Update April 17, 2018: David Butler directed me to a tweet from DoubleZCreative -- who are certainly in a position to know -- dated 1 November 2017 that states the artist in question was John Moore.) Original post: August 1, 2017: Zig and Zag meet Judge Dredd in the first issue of Zig and Zag's … Continue reading Altered Images: Zig & Zag meet Judge Dredd!
Merry & Bright was launched on 22 October 1910, an 8-page weekly published by Amalgamated Press. Black-and-white, approximately 27.5cm by 36cm (10.8" by 14.2"). It was effectively cancelled on 31 March 1917 (issue #337), but was reborn on 7 May 1917 merged with The Favourite Comic (21 January 1911 to 31 March 1917, 324 issues). … Continue reading Merry & Bright, 22 March 1919