Thunderbirds original double-page artworkdrawn, painted and signed by Frank Bellamy for TV Century 21 No 131, 1967. From the Bob Monkhouse Archive. Fearing a rebel attack on the President super-ship Thunderbirds 1 keeps station but a rogue tanker is on collision course… (Bright Pelikan inks on board. 28 x 20 ins)

Compalcomics offers first issue Beano, Black Panther art and more in March auction

Compalcomics has launched its March auction catalogue of British and US comics, and a huge amount of great comic art, including Black Panther art for Marvel UK, Thunderbirds and Garth art by Frank Bellamy and some other rarities from the Bob Monkhouse Archive. The star item on offer has to be a copy The Beano No 1Continue reading Compalcomics offers first issue Beano, Black Panther art and more in March auction

Wildcat Preview Comic - Wildcat Centrespread SNIP

Wildcat, one of Fleetway’s last boy’s adventure comics, to be collected

Rebellion are to publish a collection of strips from Wildcat, Fleetway’s short-lived, last real attempt at a fortnightly boy’s adventure comic, launched in 1988. There’s also a mention on Amazon for another Jinty collection, Fran from the Floods. Published by Fleetway between October 1988 and March 1989 (with a free Wildcat mini-comic given away with 2000AD,Continue reading Wildcat, one of Fleetway’s last boy’s adventure comics, to be 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?

2000AD Prog 74 Pin-Up Art - Harlem Heroe Artie Gruber SNIP

Harlem Heroes 2000AD Prog 74 Pin-Up art by Massimo Belardinelli offered on eBay

We all know that 2000AD Prog 74, published in 1978, features a stunning Judge Dredd scene from the “Cursed Earth” saga featuring deadly dinosaur Satanus by Mike McMahon… but the back cover by Massimo Belardinelli is pretty impressive, too – and it’s up for sale on eBay. Featuring the Harlem Heroes cyborg Artie Gruber, it’sContinue reading Harlem Heroes 2000AD Prog 74 Pin-Up art by Massimo Belardinelli offered on eBay

LICAF 2017 Banner 2000AD editor and writer Steve MacManus

Lakes Festival Focus 2017: An interview with former 2000AD editor and writer Steve MacManus

The countdown has begun to this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October (13th – 15th). The downthetubes “Kendal Calling” interviews continue with a chat with former 2000AD editor and comics writer Steve MacManus. Steve began his career in 1973 as a sub-editor on the weekly comic Valiant, published by Fleetway Publications. He went onContinue reading Lakes Festival Focus 2017: An interview with former 2000AD editor and writer Steve MacManus