“The Art of The Avengers and Other Heroes” exhibition opens in New York

New York’s Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators is currently presenting an exhibition of original artwork showcasing characters from the Marvel Universe, including the Avengers and other heroes. Legendary artists featured include John Buscema, John Cassaday, Don Heck, Joe Jusko, Jack Kirby, George Pérez, John Romita, Marie Severin, Walt Simonson, Barry Windsor Smith,Continue reading “The Art of The Avengers and Other Heroes” exhibition opens in New York

Were Communists air brushed out of British comics in the 1950s?

Here’s an interesting item about comics as propaganda from the 1950s – with Captain America a possible victim of British publisher (and government) manipulation that some downthetubes readers may be able to shed further light on. “Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist party?” In the 1950s, thousands ofContinue reading Were Communists air brushed out of British comics in the 1950s?

Charley's War original front cover artwork (1984) by Joe Colquhoun for Battle 484, cover dated 11th August 1984. Dated "October 2nd 1918", Corporal Charley Bourne has escaped from a POW camp to join the British attack on the St Quentin canal. Under heavy enemy fire the British swam the canal with the aid of lifebelts, ropes and rafts in what has been regarded as the most daring action of the Great War.

“Charley’s War” and Space:1999 art, rare 1950 promotional Eagle offered in latest ComPal comics auction

The latest ComPal comic auction catalogue and features “Charley’s War” art, a promotional Eagle rarity and much more among some 385 lots in total, including US comics. The last ComPal auction back in May achieved some record prices with £5600 for the fourth Beano Book (1943), a record price for a non-Number One annual andContinue reading “Charley’s War” and Space:1999 art, rare 1950 promotional Eagle offered in latest ComPal comics auction

True Believers: Kirby 100th – Avengers: Captain America Lives Again! #1

DC, Marvel announce Jack Kirby centenary publications, but what’s missing?

US comic publishers DC Comics and Marvel have both announced their plans to mark Jack “King” Kirby’s centenary in August. Kirby, born 29th August 1917, who died in 1994, was an American comic book artist, writer, and editor, and is widely regarded as one of the medium’s major innovators and one of its most prolificContinue reading DC, Marvel announce Jack Kirby centenary publications, but what’s missing?

Jason Dittmer

Captain America and Donald Trump cross swords (or shields) – in Oxford, courtesy of TORCH

Oxford’s TORCH Comics and Graphic Novels: The Politics of Form network are hosting an event on ‘Trump in the Age of Captain America/ Captain America in the Age of Trump‘ with Jason Dittmer from the University College London tomorrow night. Jason Dittmer is the author of Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero, and will trace the outlines of Trump’sContinue reading Captain America and Donald Trump cross swords (or shields) – in Oxford, courtesy of TORCH