Comic Creator Spotlight: Roland Davies and “Come On, Steve!”

Here’s a few examples of the wonderful “Come on, Steve” strip, and a tribute to the strip’s creator, Roland Davies. Davies drew for the strip for both the Sunday Express and the Sunday Dispatch and I loved reading the stories as a kid, which appeared in annuals owned, presumably, by my Mum as a child,Continue reading Comic Creator Spotlight: Roland Davies and “Come On, Steve!”

Skippy the Bush Kangaroo with actor Garry Pankhurst, who played Sonny

Who remembers Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, a TV – and TV Comic – favourite?

Skippy the Bush Kangaroo is one of Australia’s all-time most successful cultural exports. The TV show had a global audience in the early 1970s of more than 300 million – and the character was a star that rivalled Doctor Who and The Avengers in terms of popularity in Britain’s TV Comic for many years. WhileContinue reading Who remembers Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, a TV – and TV Comic – favourite?

Eagle Volume One Issue 52 - Skippy the Kangaroo. On reaching Europe, Skippy disappeared from the pages of Eagle, replaced by Tintin

Whatever Happened to Eagle’s “Skippy the Kangaroo”?

Not to be confused with the TV show of the 1960s (or its associated comics), “Skippy the Kangaroo” was an odd little humour strip that ran in the first volume of Eagle, and has been dismissed by some fans of the comic as something of a disappointment, its creators something of a mystery to comicContinue reading Whatever Happened to Eagle’s “Skippy the Kangaroo”?

Tim Quinn and Kend Dodd in 2016. Image: Made in Liverpool TV

In Memoriam: Comic Strip star and Comedian Sir Ken Dodd – Happiness and Tears

Writer, publisher, raconteur and fellow Liverpudlian Tim Quinn pays tribute to comedian Ken Dodd, who died yesterday aged 90, who was not only a star of TV and stage, but comics, too… “Ken Dodd was a true legend across Great Britain,” says Tim. “For me (and many others) he was the Funniest Man in theContinue reading In Memoriam: Comic Strip star and Comedian Sir Ken Dodd – Happiness and Tears

TV Comic Annual - 1968 SNIP

Mort Walker’s “Beetle Bailey” in Britain

The sad news of the passing of cartoonist Mort Walker, creator of “Beetle Bailey”, prompted discussion of the character’s British interpretation in TV Comic in the 1960s. Mort Walker died on Saturday at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. He was 94. Mort had the longest tenure of any cartoonist on an original creation, according toContinue reading Mort Walker’s “Beetle Bailey” in Britain