Richard Sheaf and I recently investigated the way British war comics used to re-use cover art, and this article reveals how two British comic companies used the same art on different titles… For those of you familiar with my Nothing But a Fan blog, you may also have heard of Vic Whittle. Don’t worry ifContinue reading Collecting Comics: The Strange Case of the War Comic Cover “Twins”
As comic fans, it’s often easy to forget that publishing them is very much a business as far as companies such as DC Thomson, Rebellion and Titan Comics are concerned, and syndicating or re-using comics published is a major part of their operation. Even smaller companies such as Improper Books have achieved success in thisContinue reading Money Spinning: How many times can you re-publish a British war comic?
Artist and writer Keith Page shines a light on the work and impact of Corto Maltese creator Hugo Pratt, on his own work and that of others… Hugo Pratt (1927 – 1995) was a most unusual comics creator by British and American standards and little of his work is available in an English translation. HisContinue reading Comic Creator Spotlight – The Picasso of Comics, Hugo Pratt, by Keith Page
Illustrator Oliver “Oli” Frey is well known for his work in many fields – as a book and magazine cover artist, and as a comics artist. Although he started his comics career in the 1960s on Fleetway’s War Picture Library, he’s perhaps best known for his work on “The Rise and Fall of the TriganContinue reading In Praise of… Dan Dare and Trigan Empire Comic Artist and Illustrator Oliver Frey
The August – September catalogue for the latest Compalcomics auction is now live, offering 283 lots in the catalogue, including some great British items. The auction company’s June catalogue excelled with £5000 for The Dandy Monster Comic 1, £2550 for Number Two and a whopping £1920 for the 1948 issue with puppeteer Korky the Cat on the front cover.Continue reading Strontium Dog by Carlos Ezquerra, World War One comics, rare Beanos and more in latest Compalcomics auction