"Crimson Comet" - Wizard, 1946

Looking Back: Exploring The World of Tomorrow in DC Thomson’s “Big Five” boys comics

Notoriously secretive DC Thomson still publish Beano and Commando, but their past comics included The Dandy and weekly anthology titles aimed at boys such as Hotspur and Adventure.  These specialised in sports, school and war stories, but also, occasionally, there was SF too, as Andrew Darlington reports… “SUPERSPEED EXCITEMENT WITH THE MEN OF THE PLANETContinue reading Looking Back: Exploring The World of Tomorrow in DC Thomson’s “Big Five” boys comics

Jeff Bevan's first Commando cover for Issue 734 was reprinted for Issue 1932 - "Born To Be Brave"

Comic Creator Spotlight: The Art of Jeff Bevan

When our beloved editor John Freeman (or if you prefer, He Who Must Be Obeyed) mentioned that comic artist Jeff Bevan, perhaps best known for his cover work on Commando, has had little love on the internet, I was a bit stunned. Jeff’s work – both his many covers and comic strip work for aContinue reading Comic Creator Spotlight: The Art of Jeff Bevan

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

Jim Watson True War snip

Comic Creator Spotlight: Comic Artist Jim Watson

There are many comic artists that I have still to identify whose work I’ve enjoyed down the years. Others that I have identified and see that others also share my enjoyment of their work. But there are many more who are unsung heroes and I have been fortunate enough to have been able to identifyContinue reading Comic Creator Spotlight: Comic Artist Jim Watson

Bunty, Topper, Hotspur revived with “Best of” Annuals

  (with thanks to Lew Stringer and the ComicsUK Forum): Along with a range of annuals and calendars based on their current titles such as The Beano, “The Broons” and Jacqueline Wilson Magazine, now on general sale, DC Thomson have revived some of their classic comic titles with a “Best Of” Annual line, currently onlyContinue reading Bunty, Topper, Hotspur revived with “Best of” Annuals