Stan Lee was the first comic-book creator whose name I knew. I was about six and a half years old when I was given my very first superhero comic... this one: That's The Mighty World of Marvel issue #5, dated November 4, 1972. So a little over forty-six years ago. By some miracle, my copy … Continue reading Stan Lee, 1922 – 2018
The British Science Fiction anthology comic 2000AD has, as of this week, reached issue 2104, which means it has overtaken War Picture Library (Amalgamated Press / Fleetway / IPC, from 1 Sep 1958 to 3 Dec 1984) in the number-of-issues stakes and thus moved into tenth place in the longevity charts. (I've decided to keep … Continue reading The British Comics Top-10 Longevity Chart!
Countdown Publisher: Polystyle Publications First issue: 20 February 1971 Last issue: 25 August 1973 Issues: 132 Absorbed into: TV Comic In the beginning Countdown was, arguably, a science fiction comic, and as such it predated the seminal 2000AD by six whole years (and six days), but it's not often recognised as such because almost all … Continue reading Pocket-Money Comics: Countdown
Captain America Publisher: Marvel UK Issues: 59 First issue: 25 February 1981 Last issue: 7 April 1982 Absorbed: Marvel Action, Marvel Super Adventure By February 1981, Marvel UK had been running for nine years and had published over thirty different titles, to varying degrees of success (for example, the 1975 weekly edition of The Savage … Continue reading Pocket-Money Comics: Captain America
“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