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by philcom55
04 Apr 2007, 20:25
Forum: General comics discussion
Topic: jellymen
Replies: 145
Views: 8198

Re: jellymen

Also I'm pretty sure I saw a new Jellymen story in one of the digests a couple of years ago. I was a huge fan of the original Beezer series as well. If anybody's interested I'll see if I can find a good example to post on the site. I've asked this already......go to the Beezer section...... Actually...
by philcom55
02 Apr 2007, 00:01
Forum: General comics discussion
Topic: Dr Who Adventures comic 1 year old
Replies: 9
Views: 973

Re: Dr Who Adventures comic 1 year old

I remember in the 1990s an editor telling me she'd just come from a meeting where management had decided that comics were no longer popular It's interesting to compare this situation with the history of Dr. Who on television. Despite years of relentlessly substandard scripts (and the fact that the ...
by philcom55
28 Mar 2007, 16:14
Forum: General comics discussion
Topic: D.C. Thomson: The curse of the REPRINT!
Replies: 71
Views: 5948

D.C. Thomson: The curse of the REPRINT!

In some ways I'm reluctant to be very critical of DCT's reprint policy as they've held the line on original material for far longer than any of their old competitors. To my mind this is the positive side of their reputation for old-fashioned paternalism; unfortunately their peremptory dismissal of l...
by philcom55
28 Mar 2007, 15:43
Forum: General comics discussion
Topic: Forgotten hero: The Purple Hood
Replies: 20
Views: 2318

Re: Forgotten hero: The Purple Hood

In the late 1960's we used to holiday at Butlins in Bognor Did you receive a Butlin Beaver Annual the following Christmas? We could never afford to go to Butlins but I did manage to get a copy of the Beaver Annual No.3 from 1964 which seemed to be published as a promotional device to make kids want...
by philcom55
28 Mar 2007, 01:23
Forum: General comics discussion
Topic: Fleetway War Libraries - bumper collections coming!
Replies: 15
Views: 1822

Fleetway War Libraries - bumper collections coming!

Another current title that easily gets forgotten is It's Hot! (possibly because it comes polybagged, which means you can't leaf through it in W H Smith's!). The amazing thing about this is that it's actually keeping alive the great British tradition of TV-related strips from their heyday in comics s...
by philcom55
27 Mar 2007, 19:26
Forum: General comics discussion
Topic: Forgotten hero: The Purple Hood
Replies: 20
Views: 2318

Forgotten hero: The Purple Hood

It's interesting that you picked up your copy of Purple Hood while on holiday in Blackpool Lew. From what I remember newsagents in seaside resorts tended to be something of a treasure trove for comic collectors throughout the 60s and 70s as a result of distributors using them to offload job-lots of ...
by philcom55
27 Mar 2007, 00:00
Forum: General comics discussion
Topic: Fleetway War Libraries - bumper collections coming!
Replies: 15
Views: 1822

Fleetway War Libraries - bumper collections coming!

I don't like to be a glass-half-empty type person, but while the remarkable success of these volumes is good news on one level I can't help but worry that, like Classic Comics and the yearly 'Best of Beano & Dandy' volumes it might have unfortunate repercussions for the surviving titles of DCT's com...
by philcom55
24 Mar 2007, 13:53
Forum: General comics discussion
Topic: D.C. Thomson: The curse of the REPRINT!
Replies: 71
Views: 5948

Re: D.C. Thomson: The curse of the REPRINT!

Things have changed a lot from the days when there'd be a pile of first issues on the counter. Too true! I remember when the first issue of TV Century 21 came out: my newsagent had to set up a trestle-table in front of the counter which groaned under the weight of all the copies he had for sale - a...
by philcom55
19 Mar 2007, 19:29
Forum: General comics discussion
Topic: When Fish Turn Bad!
Replies: 2
Views: 1316

When Fish Turn Bad!

Recent postings about possible antecedents for Action's not-so-pathetic shark Hookjaw reminded me of one of Tiger's most popular characters from the early 1960s. In keeping with that comic's predominant sporting theme (a concept which predated DCT's Warlord by several years) Louis Bernard was the ul...
by philcom55
19 Mar 2007, 18:13
Forum: General comics discussion
Topic: Comic Strip Cards
Replies: 30
Views: 3031

Comic Strip Cards

Anybody remember this series advertised in a 1967 issue of Tiger & Hurricane ? At the time I was quite frustrated by the fact that they were only available from Wall's vans - and we lived in a Mr Whippy zone! On the other hand I recall being a bit disappointed by the few cards I did acquire since th...
by philcom55
13 Mar 2007, 22:07
Forum: General comics discussion
Topic: Comic Strip Cards
Replies: 30
Views: 3031

Re: Comic Strip Cards

I also remember the American Civil War cards one that stuck in the mind (excuse the pun!) was of a soldier being pushed into a pit of spikes. Oh yes! Somehow I missed the Mars Attacks series the first time around but I can definitely remember those. Didn't they include Confederate banknotes in the ...
by philcom55
12 Mar 2007, 17:25
Forum: General comics discussion
Topic: Comic Strip Cards
Replies: 30
Views: 3031

Comic Strip Cards

Following on from recent discussions about Super DC I was reminded that there have been a number of interpretations of American comicbook characters produced in the UK for a British audience. Many of these are pretty well documented but I was intrigued by a set of Superman sweet cigarette cards that...
by philcom55
11 Mar 2007, 01:51
Forum: General comics discussion
Topic: Alma Mater matters
Replies: 24
Views: 2650

Alma Mater matters

As I remember it they were different. This practice was well established in America of course where popular features like Superman and Batman appeared in lots of different comics concurrently, and Judge Dredd does something similar today, but offhand I can't think of any other British examples from ...
by philcom55
11 Mar 2007, 00:08
Forum: General comics discussion
Topic: Alma Mater matters
Replies: 24
Views: 2650

Alma Mater matters

I always thought that Billy Binns and his Wonderful Specs by Ted Cowan and Bill Mainwaring was a nice attempt to add a modern fantasy/SF element to the traditional 'Greyfriars' formula. Presumably Odhams thought quite highly of it themselves as the character's exploits ran simultaneously in Wham! an...
by philcom55
10 Mar 2007, 23:48
Forum: General comics discussion
Topic: Tom Merry & Co of 'The Gem'
Replies: 18
Views: 1956

Re: Tom Merry & Co of 'The Gem'

The strips that you see in ('How to Murder Your Wife') were actually the work of cartoonist Mel Keefer whose credits include the syndicated newspaper strips 'Perry Mason' and Rich O'Shay' and as an animator for Hanna-Barbera he also created the images of the central characters in the 1960's cartoon...