Celebrating “ABC Film Review”, Boys Adventure Blog spotlights the Dan Dare and other comic strips the magazine published

ABC Film Review - 1950 Cover

 

When news that the last ever ABC cinema has closed reached the ears of downthetubes writer Richard Sheaf, he began a series of features on its inhouse magazine, ABC Film Review, over on the Boys Adventure Blog, spotlighting some of the comic strips that ran in the monthly magazine.

BBC News reported earlier this month how the Odeon-owned ABC cinema on Westover Road, Bournemouth – the last to bear the ABC brand – has been sold and is due to be redeveloped into flats. ABC – Associated British Cinemas – began in 1928, with the brand name gradually disappearing following its takeover by Odeon in 2000.

First published in 1950, ABC Film Review was launched in 1950, originally a 20-page a publicity medium for the films that the chain was showing. Copies were only sold in ABC cinemas and between 1952 and 1953 the magazine featured numerous one-page stories featuring characters from the weekly comics Eagle, Girl and Swift.

The strips were created by the same teams who worked on the series in the comics, including Frank Hampson, Charles Chilton, John Ryan and others.

The October 1952 edition of the the ABC Film Review featured this "Dan Dare" strip by his co-creator, Frank Hampson
The October 1952 edition of the the ABC Film Review featured this “Dan Dare” strip by his co-creator, Frank Hampson

The magazine continued to be published into the 1990s, going through many changes (and publishers), the title finally available on the news stand in the 1990s (albeit without the “ABC” part of the name since 1972). It survived until 2008; the last edition, published by Visual Imagination Ltd. (who had also published Starburst), was Issue 701, published in November and cover dated December 2008.

ABC Film Review featured several genre covers, including this one of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. team, cover dated March 1966
ABC Film Review featured several genre covers, including this one of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. team, cover dated March 1966

ABC Film Review - July 1969

By then the title had grown from its humble beginnings to a 148-page title, priced at £3.99 – a far cry from its original 3d cover price and extent!

View all the Boys Adventure Blog ABC Film Review features via this link

Chesterfield-based “Tilleys” has numerous copies of Film Review for sale

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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