Scraps Issue 2

Blasé Books celebrates British comics with new issue of “Scraps”

Scraps Issue 2
(Via Lew Stringer): Blasé Books, the company that sells British comic art from the IPC archives purchased by Peter Hansen some years back, have announced the imminent publication of Scraps, an irregular fanzine devoted to British comics.

Available from the Blasé Books table at London Comic Marts and the Golden Orbit comic fairs in Birmingham, this second 16-page full colour issue includes articles by comic creator Mike Higgs, including one on the ‘winged avenger’ superhero phase of Radio Fun‘s “The Falcon” strip, a look at some Gerald Swan original art and a homage to artist Ron Embleton by Peter Hansen.

Lew Stringer has the full details here on his Blimey! it’s Another Blog About Comics blog.


Steel Claw art
Steel Claw art by Jesus Blasco, published in 1973

Scraps is given away free to customers who buy original artwork from Blasé and right now they have some great items on their eBay shop, including “Steel Claw” art by Jesus Blasco, “Janus Stark” by Solano Lopez (and Adam Eterno by the same artist); and a number of girls comics pages, too, such as this bizarre spead from “Alice in Spaceland” by Mark Peppe and Dewar Ferguson (an updating of Lewis Carroll’s classic character), which was published in Princess.


“Alice in Spaceland”, published in Princess (published in 1966)

On another page of this strip posted on Comic Art Fans, Shaqui le Vesconte notes “Alice in Spaceland” was published in 1966. Mark Peppe – who has illustrated numerous books down the years, including titles such as How Would You Survive in the Middle Ages? and The Best Book of Mummies for Puffin Books, drew the various one-off text stories in Lady Penelope and Penelope.

• If you just want a copy of the new Scraps, include a £2 coin in your written request to cover the cost of post and packing and send it to Blasé Books, Hazelwood, Birchfield Road, Redditch B97 6PU.

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John Freeman

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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