2000AD displaces another comic on the Top-Ten Issue-Count List, but... there's been an unexpected twist! Will things ever be the same again? Read on to find out!
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The officially unofficial guide to the most successful British Comics ever! (In terms of the number of issues, that is.)
Sun was one of those comics that never managed to settle down for very long. It was launched by J.B. Allen in the latter days of 1947 as Fitness and Sun, but with "Fitness and" in much, much, much (etc.) smaller letters than "Sun" -- so small that most readers probably never noticed it was … Continue reading Pocket-Money Comics: Sun
To save you literally whiles of searching through this blog, here are all of Rusty's reviews in one place! Updated: 3 July 2021 Comics: The Bank Street Book of Science Fiction -- 7 Feb 2020 Batman Monthly -- 26 Jun 2020 Battle Picture Weekly -- 2 Jun 2019 Bea -- 15 Aug 2017 Boy's Cinema … Continue reading Rusty’s Reviews Round-Up
The excellent Cartoon Museum in London has a huge collection of rare and vintage comics and cartoons, and regularly features exhibitions on specific themes, artists or publications. Not counting visits to family members, for me it's the #1 reason I'm itching to go back to London. The museum moved to a new, larger premises last … Continue reading Support the Cartoon Museum, London
Marilyn was a comic aimed at young women that ran for over ten years and presented its readers with comic-strips, prose fiction and articles all based around love and romance. The title, presumably, was chosen to imply an association with Marilyn Monroe: the comic was launched in 1955 shortly after Ms Monroe became massively famous. … Continue reading Pocket-Money Comics: Marilyn
OK, so Boy's Cinema wasn't actually a comic. It was a weekly story-paper that specialised in prose adaptations of then-current movies. It was very popular in its heyday, many decades before Netflix and Blockbuster and the movie novelisations from the 1970s and 80s, all of which were written by Alan Dean Foster. Boy's Cinema From: … Continue reading Pocket-Money Comics: Boy’s Cinema
I don't think there's an official name for the process of studying old British comics and story-papers, so I have decided that it shall henceforth be named in honour of one of my childhood favourites. (If you don't believe that Sparky was worthy of having an entire field of study named after it, then there … Continue reading Sparkyology 101
(Updated! See the notes below!) All right, chums, brace yourselves and each other because we're about to sail into waters that have been very sketchily charted... There could well be dragons. There will almost certainly be errors. For the past several years I've been attempting to compile a database of every British comic and story-paper … Continue reading Clogging the Newsagent’s Shelves Since 1867!