Swift Morgan and the Flying Saucers - SNIP

British Comic Heroes: Swift Morgan – The First Brit in Space? – and artist Denis McLoughlin

He was Britain’s first genuine picture-strip SF hero, his adventures launched in far-off 1948, visualised by the legendary Denis McLoughlin. Now, Andrew Darlington explores the full, complex, and fascinating history of Swift Morgan… ‘FAST ACTION IN THE WORLDS OF THE FUTURE’ “Chin Up Silver! We’ve Got Out Of Other Tough Spots…!” The roundly-solid blue spaceshipContinue reading British Comic Heroes: Swift Morgan – The First Brit in Space? – and artist Denis McLoughlin

SCOOPS - The Newspaper Comic Logo

Lost British Comic Projects: SCOOPS, a Newspaper Comic

In January’s initial downthetubes tribute to the late Ron Smith, pages of original artwork – that had earlier appeared on eBay – were presumed to have been for the artist’s own speculative adventure comic project. This confusion arose from the related paperwork, involving Ron Holland, who – rather than the renowned 2000AD illustrator – wasContinue reading Lost British Comic Projects: SCOOPS, a Newspaper Comic

"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

Captain Scarlet art by Frank Bellamy for TV 21 Issue 192.

Britain’s first science fiction weekly, Captain Scarlet art under the hammer

The Winter 2013 auction at Compalcomics is open, with 290 lots in the auction including 115 British comic-related items – among them, a further 64 issues of Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday from the 1890s and the complete 20 issue run of Scoops, Britain’s first sci-fi weekly magazine from 1934. And, while this site is devotedContinue reading Britain’s first science fiction weekly, Captain Scarlet art under the hammer