Clint: The Origin of Mark Millar’s new comic title

For those not already wondering, veteran publisher and editor Dez Skinn has just explained the origins of Mark Millar’s new comic title, CLINT, which Titan Magazines launch later this year.

If you’re easily offended by bad language, don’t read on.

“Back in the 1970s when IPC was rocking saleswise, there were two words you could never use in print in their holier-than-thou weekly comics: FLICK and CLINT,” Dez notes in a posting to his Quality Communications group on Yahoo.

“Because Gravesend’s letterpress printing was so blotchy the space between the capital letters L and I was virtually non-existent, so LI looked far more like a U.

“Hence the adage oft-heard in the corridors of Fleetway House…, FLICK OFF CLINT!

“It gives a whole new meaning to the old book/film/TV series My Friend Flicka,” he adds wryly.

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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