Tuesday, February 20, 2018

New GARTH story starts today

Reprints of Garth continue to appear in the Daily Mirror, and today sees the start of another adventure. The Fishermen originally appeared in the paper from March 16th to July 14th 1979, written by Jim Edgar and drawn by Martin Asbury. The reprint now has the addition of full colour for its new appearance thanks to the skills of Martin Baines.

The reprints give us two strips a day, meaning that the serials conclude in half the time that they originally did. The Fishermen should run until sometime in April.

Buy the Daily Mirror to see the strip continue, or follow it online for free at the Mirror's website:

Comic Turns

Every now and then you see an idea that's so brilliant you stop and think "I wish I'd thought of that!" One such concept is Comic Turns by comic artist/writer Karen Rubins. It's a card game where every card is a different panel of a comic strip that can be arranged in any order to tell a different story! Ingenious!

I first saw Karen's prototype of this years ago when it was called Hand of Fate and it's good to see it modified and improved. Karen's looking for backers for the project on Kickstarter and it's an idea that deserves to succeed so I hope you'll help to support it.  

Go to Karen Rubins' Kickstarter page which contains all the information about Comic Turns and what you'll receive for your pledges...

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Comic Oddities: WONDER (1968)

Here's a comic from the 1960s that wasn't on sale in any newsagents but still had national distribution. The reason being that Wonder Weekly was published by the Esso Petrolium Company Ltd, and sold at Esso garages.
Wonder was edited by Roberta Leigh, a multi-talented author, artist, composer, and tv producer who was responsible for the cult classic Space Patrol puppet series. She had also created the puppet show Wonder Boy and Tiger, and featured them as the cover stars of the new comic.

Wonder had 16 pages including 4 in full colour, and was printed web offset (like Jag and Cor!! but on slightly thicker paper). It sold for 6d, so it was a competitive price to other comics of the day, even though most others would have more pages. Most of the artwork was uncredited (typical of UK comics) but has a very European look so I imagine most of the artists were recruited through an agency. Here's a few pages. I've credited them where known...

Hovercraft Patrol, art by Luis Bermejo.

Nitwits art by Joseph Lee.

Bossy Boots art by Juan Rafart (signed as RAF).
Gulliver Travels art by Juan Rafart (signed 'Raf').
I only saw this comic once, in the summer of 1968, sold from a stall at the Royal Show when I was on a school trip. I didn't buy it then as it probably wouldn't have survived the journey with a bus full of kids wanting to borrow it, so I made a mental note to get it when I returned home. My family never had a car so as I never visited a garage I never saw the comic again, and it always puzzled me for years until I learned of its restriction to Esso outlets. I've since bought a few on eBay, but it remains a rare item to find, and no one seems certain of how many were produced. Denis Gifford's books say 52, and a year's contract would make sense, but I've never known of anyone to have issues beyond No.20. If you have any more info, please post a comment below (or just post a comment anyway if you have any thoughts on this comic).


In the shops this coming Wednesday is another packed issue of Judge Dredd Megazine. Here's the info and preview pages, thanks to Rebellion...

UK & DIGITAL: 21st February 2018 £5.99
NORTH AMERICA: 21st March 2018 $7.99

In this issue:
JUDGE DREDD: KRONG ISLAND by Arthur Wyatt (w) Jake Lynch (a) John Charles (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
LAWLESS: BREAKING BADROCK by Dan Abnett (w) Phil Winslade (a) Ellie DeVille (l) 
DEVLIN WAUGH: BLOOD DEBT by Rory McConville (w) Mike Dowling (a) Simon Bowland (l)
CURSED EARTH KOBURN by Rory McConville (w) Carlos Ezquerra (a) Simon Bowland (l)
DREDD: THE DEAD WORLD by Arthur Wyatt & Alex De Campi (w) Henry Flint (a) Chris Blythe (c) Annie Parkhouse(l)

Features: new 2000 AD talent, Jim Baikie obituary

Bagged reprint: Outlier by TC Eglington (w) Karl Richardson (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)

Available in print from: UK newsagents and all good comic book stores 
via Diamond 
Available in digital from: 2000 AD webshop, 2000 AD iPad app, 2000 AD Android app, 2000 AD Windows 10 app

Advance Preview: 2000AD Prog 2069

Here's an advance look at next week's 2000AD. Another packed issue with 30 pages of story plus a great cover by Clint Langley. Yours for just £2.75. A superb bargain compared to comics prices today!

UK & DIGITAL: 21st February 2018 £2.75
NORTH AMERICA: 21st March 2018 $7.99

In this issue:
JUDGE DREDD: LIVE EVIL by Ian Edginton (w) Dave Taylor (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)

BAD COMPANY: TERRORISTS by Peter Milligan (w) Rufus Dayglo (a) Dom Regan (c) Simon Bowland (l)

SAVAGE: THE THOUSAND YEAR STARE by Pat Mills (w) Patrick Goddard (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

BRASS SUN: ENGINE SUMMER by Ian Edginton (w) INJ Culbard (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

ABC WARRIORS: FALLOUT by Pat Mills (w) Clint Langley (a) Annie Parkhouse (l) 

Available in print from: UK newsagents and all good comic book stores via Diamond 
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