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

The Superheroes Monthly Issue Two - cover by Garry Leach

Batman comics in Britain – a brief guide, and an appeal for information

Batman has been named as the first inductee into San Diego Comic-Con Museum’s Character Hall of Fame, part of the celebrations surrounding the Caped Crusader’s 80th anniversary, also marked by the release of Detective Comics #1000 by DC Comics, prompting me to have a scurry through British comics history to find the Caped Crusader’s firstContinue reading Batman comics in Britain – a brief guide, and an appeal for information

The POWer Pack of Ken Reid

Crowdfunding campaign on the way to bring Ken Reid’s Frankie Stein, The Nervs and more back to print

After years of waiting, fans of the brilliant cartoonist Ken Reid will be delighted to hear that an official collection of his contributions to Odhams comics of the 1960s –Wham!, Smash!, and Pow! – look set to be collected in two handsome official hardback books. The project is the work of Irmantas Povilaika, the man behind the Kazoop! blog, which hasContinue reading Crowdfunding campaign on the way to bring Ken Reid’s Frankie Stein, The Nervs and more back to print

Eagle Eye and Grimly Feendish from Wham!

Leo Baxendale Remembered, by Beano artist Nigel Parkinson

The first name I recognised in comics was Leo Baxendale, who signed his name on the front cover of WHAM! In 1964. Until earlier this month, he was still my favourite living cartoonist. In the 1950s he gave us Little Plum, Minnie the Minx, The Bash Street Kids and The Banana Bunch, still amongst the veryContinue reading Leo Baxendale Remembered, by Beano artist Nigel Parkinson

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

In Memoriam: Leo Baxendale

Just days after posting an “In Praise of… Leo Baxendale” feature, focusing on his later, creator-owned material, we’re sorry to report his passing. I know this is a loss is going to hit a lot of my friends hard, especially those who know or worked with him, such as Tony Bennett at Knockabout, or Joe Gordon at ForbiddenContinue reading In Memoriam: Leo Baxendale