Over on Blimey! It’s Another Blog About Comics, Lew Stringer notes blog site cloud-109.blogspot.com is showcasing an impressive array of quality artwork including a serialisation of Ron Embleton’s Wulf the Briton from Express Weekly in 1959.
“This was simply one of the best adventure strips to have appeared in British comics and the hi-res scans have been cleaned up and presented large size for study,” notes Lew Stringer. “Artist Peter Richardson provides a commentary alongside the strips.”
According to Peter, Wulf the Briton is regarded as Ron Embleton’s comic masterpiece. He took over the strip which was a single page cover feature on Express Weekly in 1957, making it his own and certainly putting it on a par with Dan Dare, which was running in Eagle.
Embleton, who went on to draw strips for TV Century 21 and many other titles, was paid £200 a week for drawing, painting, and lettering the strip, at a time when the average weekly wage in the UK was £12.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.