Derek Pierson in the Eagle in 1966

In Memoriam: Comics Letterer and Designer Derek Pierson

We’re sorry to report the passing of Derek Pierson, who once self deprecatingly described his comics career as “from Hulton’s to IPC Magazines with Fleetway, taking a chunk of the middle”. Aged 77, he had been ill for some time. A backroom staffer and letterer of immense talent, his description of his working life, from what hisContinue reading In Memoriam: Comics Letterer and Designer Derek Pierson

True War: Real-Life Action, All In Pictures

We tend to think that in the United Kingdom the widening out of the presentation of comics to a more mature audience started in the 1980s, initially with Warrior and then the run of various titles such as Deadline and Crisis that followed the ongoing sales success of Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns graphic novels. Yet there wereContinue reading True War: Real-Life Action, All In Pictures

Bob Batholomew, circa 1949, in his red Singer Le Mans sports car. Photo via Bear Alley.

In Memoriam: Eagle editor Bob Bartholomew

Bob Bartholomew, who died on 9th October at the age of ninety, became editor of Eagle in late 1962 and remained in charge until its demise in April 1969. He took over at a time of crisis, following Eagle’s dramatic fall in sales after a disastrous revamp in March 1962, after the takeover by theContinue reading In Memoriam: Eagle editor Bob Bartholomew

A panel of Episoe 3 of Star Struck Sister written by Jenny McDade, as Stella tries to track down a runaway in the streets of Rome. Art by Giorgio Giorgetti. Scan kindly provided by David Roach. Art © Rebellion

Creating Tammy: A True Story

Many years ago, British newsagents were awash with all sorts of comics: boys’ adventure, children’s titles, educational comics and more. But while humour comics reigned supreme in Britain, and still do, girls comics regularly outsold most of the more famous boys titles most fans remember today. Sadly their history and success often remains neglected today,Continue reading Creating Tammy: A True Story