By Richard Sheaf, with additional material by John Freeman
As someone with an interest in comics produced by Fleetway, in all its incarnations, rather than DC Thomson titles, I thought I’d share some details of the six issue Zig and Zag’s Zogazine Fleetway Editions published in late 1994 / early 1995.
Created by Ciaran Morrison and Mick O’Hara and first appearing on RTÉ in September 1987 on Dempsey’s Den, puppet duo Zig and Zag (a pair of furry extraterrestrial twins from the planet Zog) should need no introduction to many downthetubes readers, many who will perhaps know them best for their antics on the Channel 4 breakfast show The Big Breakfast, debuting in 1992.
More recently of course the award-winning Zig and Zag have starred in an animated show jointly commissioned by RTÉ and the BBC, buoyed by the success on shows such as Big Brother’s Little Brother, interviewing past contestants, and fronting RTÉ shows such as Zig and Zag’s Superbloopers.
All this recent media success hasn’t, as yet, led to a new licensed comic, which is a bit of a shame as the short run 1990s title was actually quite fun, with a lot more comic strip in it than the feature-led polybagged magazines aimed at kids of today.
There’s even a one page Judge Dredd crossover in one issue, which is great fun!
With scripts from Pat Kelleher and Kev Sutherland, most strips were pencilled by Dave Windett and inked by John Moore, and most, if not all, lettered by Elitta Fell.
“I think my favourite was Robo Zig vs Judge Zag,” recalls Dave Windett.
David Hunt, better known perhaps as the editor of Battle, and Mike Butcher, also once editor of the Red Dwarf Smegazine, co-edited the title as freelance contributors.
“We were both big fans of Channel 4’s Big Breakfast,” David recalls, so it was a delight to get the Zogazine project which would hopefully kick-start our freelance venture together. We had remarkable creative help from Kev Sutherland, John Moore and others and I recall that every page had to be approved by the Irish lads themselves.
“It was great fun to do but, unfortunately, sales never reached their targets and the company ditched the project after just six issues. We also produced (I think) a very good Zig and Zag Annual that year as well.”
Here’s details of each issue, and some of their scurrilous content…
Zig and Zag’s Zogazine – Issue #1 (Fleetway Editions Ltd), October 1994
The first issue included a spoof guide to other comics, Zig and Zag standee gifts – and the alien duo met up with Judge Dredd!
Zig and Zag’s Zogazine – Issue #2 (Fleetway Editions Ltd), November 1994
Zig and Zag’s Zogazine – Issue #3 (Fleetway Editions Ltd), December 1994
Zig and Zag’s Zogazine – Issue #4 (Fleetway Editions Ltd), January 1995
Zig and Zag’s Zogazine – Issue #5 (Fleetway Editions Ltd), February 1995
Zig and Zag’s Zogazine – Issue #6 (Fleetway Editions Ltd), March 1995
Zig and Zag: The Killer Official Annual from Outer Space! (Grandreams, 1994)
There’s a copy of this currently on sale here on eBay
Thanks to Ciarán Morrison & Mick O’Hara for updates to this item!
Richard Sheaf is a longtime contributor to downthetubes and has written for numerous magazines about British comics.