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In Memoriam: Beano and Buster artist James “Jimmy” Hansen

We were very saddened to hear the news recently that British comic artist James (Jimmy) Hansen, perhaps best known for his work on the Beano’s “Dennis the Menace” strip, passed away last month, on Tuesday 19th June. (News broke of his passing while I was on a short break, followed by a very busy catchContinue reading In Memoriam: Beano and Buster artist James “Jimmy” Hansen

Eagle - The Eagulation of British Adventure Comics - graphic by Michael Carrol

How so many British Adventure Comics became just one – Eagle – in the 1990s

Over on his brilliant Rusty Staples site, 2000AD writer Michael Carroll has begun a series of articles tracing the history of British comics, creating a series of “family trees” showing various mergers and more down the years. It’s something Alan Notton has done in the past over on ComicsUK (his work sadly the victim ofContinue reading How so many British Adventure Comics became just one – Eagle – in the 1990s

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Who’s Who in Rebellion’s “The Vigilant” classic comic character revival – and who created the characters

Rebellion Publishing, owners of 2000AD, announced an all-new 48-page special title The Vigilant earlier this week, the lead strip written by Simon Furman, with art by Simon Coleby coloured by Len O’Grady. Breathing new life into Fleetway characters acquired  in 2016, the project is a further building block for the evolving “Rebellion-verse”, an interconnected worldContinue reading Who’s Who in Rebellion’s “The Vigilant” classic comic character revival – and who created the characters

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Buster’s bonkers adventure tale “Von Hoffman’s Invasion” collected

Mad scientists, giant monsters, and courageous saboteurs! That’s the one line “pitch” with which 2000AD publishers Rebellion are promoting their Treasury of British Comics collection of the Jet and Buster strip “Von Hoffman’s Invasion” – and it sums this crazy strip up perfectly. Perhaps taking a leaf from the TV success of Irwin Allen’s LandContinue reading Buster’s bonkers adventure tale “Von Hoffman’s Invasion” collected

The dummy cover of Cheeky Weekly Issue One

Cheeky comic “Dummy” unearthed on eBay: but what changed in the planning before print?

As time has gone by, I have become more and more interested in how British comics were pitched, created and got to that crucial first issue where I, as a kid, would go “Ooh!” and fork out my hard earned pennies. So you can imagine my delight at finding – and buying – a dummyContinue reading Cheeky comic “Dummy” unearthed on eBay: but what changed in the planning before print?