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

In Memoriam: IPC Managing Editor Gil Page

We’re sorry to report the passing of Gil Page, an editorial stalwart of Amalgamated Press, Fleetway, IPC and latterly Egmont, as that company’s Managing Editor. He passed away peacefully in his sleep earlier in the week, aged 79. “Gil was extremely professional in everything he did, but this likeable man never forgot his roots,” formerContinue reading In Memoriam: IPC Managing Editor Gil Page

TV Century 21 Number 3, published in 1965, with a near complete free gift - a cut-out and build Fireball XL5.

Latest Compalcomics auction offers rare Beanos, Number Ones with free gifts… and more Dalek Swapits!

The Compalcomics August/September auction catalogue has just launched on the-saleroom.com and includes a number of early Beanos and plenty of Number One issues of various comics complete with with free gifts, including The Hornet from 1963, the girls comic Romeo, a rare early TV Century 21 with free gift and many more. Offered in this auctionContinue reading Latest Compalcomics auction offers rare Beanos, Number Ones with free gifts… and more Dalek Swapits!