New DC Thomson Books From Waverley

The Very Best Of Black BobWaverley Books are the Scottish publisher of DC Thomson tie-in books with many Maw Broon cookery titles under their belt as well as the magnificent History Of Beano and they will be adding to these titles over the rest of 2010.

First, and perhaps most interestingly, 3 June 2010 will see the release of The Very Best of Black BobThe Very Best of Black Bob. This £9.99 hardback will reprint stories of “The Dandy Wonder Dog” who first appeared in the comic in November 1944 and remained with it into the 1980s. It will be presented in the same landscape format as the very rare 1950s Black Bob annuals and include an introduction from DC Thomson archivist and former Dandy editor Morris Heggie as well as a Black Bob story listing from comics historian Ray Moore, an expert on DC Thomson.

September will see the Broons titles added to, with Maw Broon’s Kitchen Notebook which will be a small hardback including some recipes and kitchen tips from the previous cookbooks as well as including blank pages for the owner to add their own.

At the same time Waverley will be expanding into jigsaws with The Broons Grandpaw’s Shed Jigsaw Puzzle. This will turn Broon’s artist Peter Davidson’s colour endpaper from The Broon’s Book O’ Gairdenin’ Wisdoms into a 400 piece jigsaw in the style of the two Broon’s jigsaws The Living Room, released in 1943, and The Seaside, released in 1944.

Finally, on 23 September 2010 they will be taking more than a leaf out of Conn Iggulden’s Dangerous Books For Boys series with a book from DC Thomson’s own dangerous wee boy, Oor Wullie’s Dungarees Books For Boys.

After the success of the first Maw Broon’s Cookbook, this has the potential to be big seller for them in the run up to Christmas as Wullie divulges such things as secrets on how to build a go-kart, secret codes, pages purloined from PC Murdoch’s notebook as well as some of his adventures from The Sunday Post ‘cut out and stuck in’. Of course this being Oor Wullie there will also be a section on “things tae dae wi’ a bucket”.

• Waverley Books’ new website is currently under construction but in the meantime they are on Facebook.


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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