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Bryan Talbot payes tribute to Leo Baxendale in final Grandville tale

Grandville Force Majeure - P24 Panel Leo

Artist Bryan Talbot has sent us this panel from his final Grandville story – a homage to the late Leo Baxendale, scripted five years ago, penciled and inked about 15 months ago and coloured in January. “I’m going to dedicate the book to his memory,” Bryan tells us. The book will be launched in October at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Grandville: Force ... Read More »

Leo Baxendale Remembered, by Beano artist Nigel Parkinson

Eagle Eye and Grimly Feendish from Wham!

The first name I recognised in comics was Leo Baxendale, who signed his name on the front cover of WHAM! In 1964. Until earlier this month, he was still my favourite living cartoonist. In the 1950s he gave us Little Plum, Minnie the Minx, The Bash Street Kids and The Banana Bunch, still amongst the very top drawer of comic creations, ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Leo Baxendale

A montage of Leo Baxendale's work, including part of his self portrait

Just days after posting an “In Praise of… Leo Baxendale” feature, focusing on his later, creator-owned material, we’re sorry to report his passing. I know this is a loss is going to hit a lot of my friends hard, especially those who know or worked with him, such as Tony Bennett at Knockabout, or Joe Gordon at Forbidden Planet International, with whom he ... Read More »

Splank! a New Comic, in the works

Some characters created for Peter Duncan by ace comics artist Duncan Scott, whose credits include The Dandy and more

Comics fan Peter Duncan began his British comics-oriented blog Splank! just over a year ago, on 1st April 2016,  starting with a post about Splank!, a totally imaginary Irish version of Pow!, one of a trio of unique and, by fans of a certain age, very fondly remembered comics of the 1960s. We covered this spoof here on downthetubes, but ... Read More »

In Praise of… Leo Baxendale

Willy the Kid meets the Loch Ness Monster by and © Leo Baxendale

Leo Baxendale is a British cartoonist who should need no introduction to downthetubes readers. Not only was the creator of the classic Beano strips “Little Plum”, “Minnie the Minx”, “The Bash Street Kids” and “The Three Bears”, but he was instrumental in the creation of the much-loved Wham! , published by Odhams Press, in  1964, and for creating Clever Dick (for ... Read More »

Frank Bellamy Thunderbirds Art Prints Released, and do check out “True Brit”!

Comics Unstripped True Brit Souvenir Booklet

Last month, we plugged the fantastic Comics Unstripped exhibition at Kettering Museum and Art Gallery (and Colin Noble reviewed it here). The exhibition, which runs until 20th August 2016, features work by Frank Bellamy – who lived in the town – Doug Braithwaite, John Byrne, Alan Davis, Glenn Fabry, Adi Granov, RM Guera, Esad Ribic, Alison Sampson, Bill Sienkiewicz and Barry Windsor Smith, as well ... Read More »

Ireland’s lost humour comic, Splank!

Splank! Cover

In 1964, British comic great Leo Baxendale was lured away from The Beano and Dandy publishers DC Thomson by their great rivals Odhams with the promise of greater freedom and editorial control on projects for them – one of which was to Wham!, the first of what became known later as the “Power Comics”, envisaged as a “Super Beano“-styled title. ... Read More »

Great British Comic Characters Reinvented: Grimly Feendish

Artist Rob Moran has sent us a very different looking Grimly Feendish to the fun-filled would-be ruler of the world from 1960s comics for our Great British Comic Characters Reinvented competition. We hope you like it! Created by Leo Baxendale, Grimly Feendish (alias The Rottenest Crook in the World) is a villainous character who first appeared in Wham! (in Issue 4, ... Read More »

“Eagle Daze” Part Three: WHAM!, the end of Girl, and Max Clifford’s World of Pop

"Office boy" Graham Marsh became the public face of "Pete's Page", a weekly feature for Girl that was probably in reality written by Sally Brompton. "I took a load of pix of Graham prior to the series starting where he was sitting, sprawled, lying down, etc, etc, on a park bench in Lincoln Inn Fields," Roger Perry recalls. "There was a point where the Park Keeper was not pleased with our antics and told us to “bugger off”! Graham appeared weekly as "Pete" for at least a year – if not longer – prior to Girl being amalgamated with Princess.

We are pleased to publish Part Three of the memories of Roger Perry – memories of now more than half-a-century ago – of his days at Fleetway Publications working on Girl and Eagle… 1964 Aahhh yes, 1964… It was during this unusual year that a good number of notable events had taken place. On a personal level, I’d found and ... Read More »

First issue feast, Odhams titles and girls comics among ComPal auction’s latest offerings

    ComPal has just announced the lots for its May/June comics auction, which features what are likely to be some sought after lots of British comic first editions, artwork from The Eagle, 2000AD and TV Century 21 – and plenty of girls comics bundles, including a large number of DC Thomson’s Bunty comic.     The auction’s British section runs ... Read More »

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