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In Memoriam: TV Century 21 and Battle Comic Artist Jim Watson

We’re sorry to report the recent passing of comic artist British comic artist Jim Watson, perhaps best known for his work on TV Century 21 during the 1960s and his strips for DC Thomson’s Commando and Warlord, and the Fleetway title, Battle Picture Weekly. Born in the 1930s, Jim, who lived in, Scotland, had been illContinue reading In Memoriam: TV Century 21 and Battle Comic Artist Jim Watson

The display board at the "Boom Town" featuring Victoria Cross winner Jack White and Victor 1358

Mentioned in Dispatches: How “Victor” documented the story of World War One Victoria Cross winner Jack White

Running at the Lancaster City Museum, Lancaster, until Sunday 12th November 2017 is “Boom Town“, combining the story of the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment in action on the Western Front, Salonika and Mesopotamia in 1917, and tragic events on the home front in Lancaster and Morecambe. The King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment aspect ofContinue reading Mentioned in Dispatches: How “Victor” documented the story of World War One Victoria Cross winner Jack White

"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

Tony Harding and Barrie Mitchell at London-based Link Studios, sometime in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Picture courtesy Antony Harding.

“Does Your Dad Draw for Roy of the Rovers?”

Antony Harding pays tribute to his father, Tony Harding, artist on “Roy of the Rovers”, “Twisty”, “Look Out for Lefty” and many more classic British football strips…   During my school years, from time to time older kids would come up to me and ask me for my father’s autograph. On hearing this, my dadContinue reading “Does Your Dad Draw for Roy of the Rovers?”

In Review: Classics From The Comics 149

It has been out for a while but it is still worth giving the latest issue DC Thomson’s monthly reprint magazine Classics From The Comics a hearty pat on the back. Issue 149 includes two sections that are new to the title. As a black and white humour reprint magazine they normally cover the eightContinue reading In Review: Classics From The Comics 149