Whacko! Custom Comic (1970s) SNIP

Whacko!, The Comic That Never Was

I was saddened the other day to read of the death of British humour comics stalwart Terry Bave. As a lad, I read his work in my brother’s copy of Whizzer & Chips, but I probably became most interested in his work when I discovered some unique try-out strips he’d drawn for a “custom comic”Continue reading Whacko!, The Comic That Never Was

Roger Perry 2015

In Memoriam: Artist and Designer Roger Perry – A “Truculent Foot Soldier”

We’re very sorry to report the passing of artist, designer, photographer and downthetubes contributor Roger Perry, who died on Saturday 23rd July at his home in the Philippines – a day after celebrating his 78th birthday. His wife Rosa has been in touch to tell us that Roger, who had been ill for some time,Continue reading In Memoriam: Artist and Designer Roger Perry – A “Truculent Foot Soldier”

The Beezer Issue 52: Lone Wolfe - Rodeo Story

Comic Creator Spotlight: The Art of Ron Smith, Part One

As a comic fan of long standing, one of my real pleasures is identifying and applauding some of the artists that I feel never got the appreciation that they so richly deserved. But I have found that even with the artists who are well known, such as veteran comic artist Ron Smith, perhaps best knownContinue reading Comic Creator Spotlight: The Art of Ron Smith, Part One

Panels from "Sammy in Space" (from Swift, cover dated 7th February 1959)

Swift Comic’s Junior Dan Dare

The original Dan Dare series, now called Voyage To Venus, began in the first issue of Eagle comic 65 years ago this month. The strip ran weekly in Eagle until 1967 after which it went to reprint. The character has been revived many times over the years, in 2000AD (due to be reprinted by RebellionContinue reading Swift Comic’s Junior Dan Dare

Part-work magazines, 1930s style, on Bear Alley

Anyone buying one or more of the current US superheroes, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars or Judge Dredd part works might be interested in taking a look at what part-work magazines were like some eighty years ago. Artist L Ashwell Wood is best known for the 600+ cutaways that he produced for Eagle comicContinue reading Part-work magazines, 1930s style, on Bear Alley