Apollo 11 Illustration from the Daily Mirror by Frank Bellamy, published 11th July 1969. Via the Frank Bellamy Checklist

Apollo 11 at 50: The First Moon Landing, illustrated by Frank Bellamy

Americans would have us believe that Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the Moon on 20 July 1969 because they saw it happen in their late evening. However, 50 years ago today, British audiences saw it happen in the early hours of 21st July 1969. 10 years ago on downthetubes, Jeremy Briggs wrote aContinue reading Apollo 11 at 50: The First Moon Landing, illustrated by Frank Bellamy

Phil Comics offers TV21, Tornado and “Curly Wee” rarities in latest eBay auction

There’s another astonishing array of comics and comic-related items on offer in the latest eBay auction from Phil Comics this month: hundreds of vintage comics, annuals, free gifts, holiday specials and more, in 550 odd listings, including some very rare and often much sought after Curly Wee annualsContinue reading Phil Comics offers TV21, Tornado and “Curly Wee” rarities in latest eBay auction

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Apollo 11 at 50: The Eagle Has Landed

50 years ago today, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin boarded the Lunar Module, Eagle, and undocked from the Command Service Module, Columbia. Leaving Mike Collins alone in the CSM in lunar orbit, they descended towards the Moon’s surface where Eagle safely touched down in the Sea of Tranquility at 8:17pm GMT. 10 years ago onContinue reading Apollo 11 at 50: The Eagle Has Landed

Rare, classic BEM #1 zine added to British Comic Zines digital archive

Comics artist and archivist David Hathaway-Price has just added BEM #1, a rare item of 1970’s British comics fandom to his fantastic digital archive, Classic UK Comic ZinesContinue reading Rare, classic BEM #1 zine added to British Comic Zines digital archive

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Marvel UK Mysteries: Who Remembers “Blood-Cede” and “Graviton”?

Discussion of comics copyright and trademarks of classic British comics spurred by Rebellion’s established ownership of the TV21 brand led me to investigate which titles Marvel Comics registered in Britain. Or, largely, Marvel UK – who were keen to put their very firm property stamp on various projects down the decades. My investigations turned up some interesting “Might Have Been” titles from the 1990s.Continue reading Marvel UK Mysteries: Who Remembers “Blood-Cede” and “Graviton”?