[Updated 20180907! Scroll all the way down to the end to see the update notes!] After three family trees focussing on IPC/Fleetway comics, it's time to take a look at their main rival, the noble Scottish house of DC Thomson, not to be confused with DC Comics (or even DC Thompson with a P as … Continue reading DC Thomson Comics Timeline
“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
As I mentioned before (in Deciphering the Logo), in 1969 the legendary British comic Eagle ended its nineteen-year run when it was absorbed into Lion, which was then absorbed into Valiant in 1974, which was in turn gobbled up by Battle in 1976, and then in 1988 it all came full-circle when Battle was consumed … Continue reading Eaglution of British Comics, part 1
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!
A good few visitors to this blog have told me they've been attempting to identify the comics from which the letters of the blog's logo were taken. If you're also playing that game, then read no further because I'm about to reveal all the answers... First, the rules: I decided that each letter had to … Continue reading Deciphering the Logo
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