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Promoting Wham! comic in the 1960s – a rare retailer-targeted poster

Back when British comics had sales in the hundreds of thousands every week, they had a promotional budget to match, extending to retail promotions like this Wham! poster, offered to newsagents in the 1960s by its publisher, Odhams PressContinue reading Promoting Wham! comic in the 1960s – a rare retailer-targeted poster

A montage of Leo Baxendale's work, including part of his self portrait

From the Archives: Last Words from Leo – An Interview with Leo Baxendale

First published in October 2017 on the inexplicably and ruthlessly pruned Forbidden Planet International blog, an act of cultural barbarism about which Forbidden Planet (Scotland) Ltd has yet to reverse, we are delighted to republish, as first published and with the permission of author Pádraig Ó Méalóid,  comic creator Leo Baxendale’s last-ever interview, discussing hisContinue reading From the Archives: Last Words from Leo – An Interview with Leo Baxendale

Smash comic #8 - 26 Mar 1966 ODHAMS PRESS REFERENCE COPY

eBay “SMASH Comic” item reveals rare insight into writers and artists working on British comics in the 1960s

Nestling among hundreds of comic lots currently on offer from online eBay auctioneer Phil Comics is a copy of SMASH Issue 8, cover dated 26th March 1966, that some collectors might turn their noses up, because each strip inside has been obscured in places by a sticker. But these are no ordinary stickers, because thisContinue reading eBay “SMASH Comic” item reveals rare insight into writers and artists working on British comics in the 1960s

Buster and Cor Special 2019 - Cover by Neil Googe SNIP

Who’s Who on the Cover of the Cor! & Buster Special

News of Rebellion’s Cor! & Buster Special (out 17th April) has gone down well with downthetubes readers and artist Neil Googe‘s cover brings the classic British comics humour characters bang up to date. But for those of you might be scratching your head as to who’s who on that cover, here’s a handy guide… MarthaContinue reading Who’s Who on the Cover of the Cor! & Buster Special

Death Wish Volume 1 - Best Wishes

Leo Baxendale’s Sweeny Toddler, Death Wish collections on way from Rebellion

We’ve previously reported on some of the Treasury of British Comics titles on their way to bookshops in 2019 from Rebellion, but now the 2000AD publisher has released more information – and covers – for three of them. Despite the huge number of classic British collections on their way next year (and not just fromContinue reading Leo Baxendale’s Sweeny Toddler, Death Wish collections on way from Rebellion