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by philcom55
07 Oct 2018, 02:02
Forum: Girls' Comics
Topic: When did The Happy Days End?
Replies: 82
Views: 28519

Re: When did The Happy Days End?

Of course the Modern Art theme was introduced in the very first episode of the Happy Days via Sue's own father, the part-time Picasso! :)
by philcom55
06 Oct 2018, 13:02
Forum: Girls' Comics
Topic: When did The Happy Days End?
Replies: 82
Views: 28519

Re: When did The Happy Days End?

Brilliant! And as you say, unmistakably Jenny Butterworth. The clever thing is that by seeing everything through the eyes of a sensible child she avoids any charge of philistinism! :)
by philcom55
06 Oct 2018, 12:50
Forum: Girls' Comics
Topic: Phoenix's Future Plans
Replies: 447
Views: 102324

Re: Phoenix's Future Plans

I was recently in a local supermarket when I was startled to hear a sweet-looking little girl declare "I WANT TO BE A BLOODY PRINCESS!" in imperious tones to her harassed parents. It was only later I discovered that the 'Bloody Princess' was one of that year's Halloween costumes in Sainsburys' seaso...
by philcom55
05 Oct 2018, 10:55
Forum: Girls' Comics
Topic: When did The Happy Days End?
Replies: 82
Views: 28519

Re: When did The Happy Days End?

In some ways I think Patty's World was intended to be a kind of updated successor to the Happy Days - though as Goof says, Princess was clearly aimed at a younger age group when it began. I'm not sure if Sue Day's own age was ever established, but in the very first episode she mentions (possibly wit...
by philcom55
05 Oct 2018, 01:54
Forum: Girls' Comics
Topic: When did The Happy Days End?
Replies: 82
Views: 28519

Re: When did The Happy Days End?

I really must get more of Sue's picture library stories; for some reason I've got a lot more of the ones which feature Sally. I know what you mean about Jenny Butterworth's fondness for puncturing the pretentions of Modern Art - or ANY kind of pretentiousness for that matter!
by philcom55
04 Oct 2018, 10:25
Forum: Girls' Comics
Topic: When did The Happy Days End?
Replies: 82
Views: 28519

Re: When did The Happy Days End?

I think you could be right about the picture libraries Goof. Something similar happened with the Spider in Fleetway's Super Library where regular scripter Jerry Siegel wrote the first story but various other people produced all the subsequent ones.
by philcom55
04 Oct 2018, 01:45
Forum: General comics discussion
Topic: Rebellion Purchase Comic Cuts & Look In
Replies: 26
Views: 14511

Re: Rebellion Purchase Comic Cuts & Look In

stevezodiac wrote:So we might get Sapphire with Steel edited out? :)
...Well, the powers-that-be had already ruled out all the transuranic elements! :)
by philcom55
03 Oct 2018, 12:11
Forum: General comics discussion
Topic: Rebellion Purchase Comic Cuts & Look In
Replies: 26
Views: 14511

Re: Rebellion Purchase Comic Cuts & Look In

Yes. Unless they're shot from original artwork I find that there's almost always some degradation in the quality of reprints. The original versions are nearly always best.
by philcom55
03 Oct 2018, 12:05
Forum: Girls' Comics
Topic: When did The Happy Days End?
Replies: 82
Views: 28519

Re: When did The Happy Days End?

Also, I'm pretty sure that there were times when the same storyline was repeated with new artwork. This would have fitted in with Fleetway's assumption that nearly all their readers would automatically move on after four or five years to be replaced by a brand new readership. It'd be interesting to ...
by philcom55
02 Oct 2018, 19:20
Forum: Girls' Comics
Topic: When did The Happy Days End?
Replies: 82
Views: 28519

Re: When did The Happy Days End?

When I get chance I'll try digging through my Princess Tinas. I'm pretty sure that they did use some reprints, though not the very early episodes which would have stood out like a sore thumb as you say. On the other hand they did, of course, reprint early episodes in the Sue Day Annual.
by philcom55
02 Oct 2018, 13:11
Forum: Conventions and other events
Topic: Commando Collectors Swapmeet/Fair
Replies: 23
Views: 24041

Re: Commando Collectors Swapmeet/Fair

Wish I could have been there! Do you know if Andy has any plans to take up the baton for another Commando Fair in the Stoke area?
by philcom55
01 Oct 2018, 19:48
Forum: Artwork, artists and writers
Topic: Carlos Ezquerra RIP
Replies: 10
Views: 7480

Re: Carlos Ezquerra RIP

Oh no! :cry:
by philcom55
20 Aug 2018, 15:46
Forum: Beano
Topic: 65 Years of Minxing
Replies: 7
Views: 7455

Re: 65 Years of Minxing

I suppose Minnie was intended to be a sort of female Dennis the Menace, but she'll never replace Davy Law's Beryl the Peril for me!
by philcom55
20 Aug 2018, 06:36
Forum: Artwork, artists and writers
Topic: John Canning - Dr Who artist 1960s-70s
Replies: 16
Views: 17463

Re: John Canning - Dr Who artist 1960s-70s

Yes. Bill McCail, who produced strips like Back From The Dead for Gerald Swan, is usually dismissed as a very limited artist too - but people forget that he was working fast for ready money. In fact he went on to become a noted horse painter who exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy and sold work ...
by philcom55
19 Aug 2018, 11:25
Forum: General comics discussion
Topic: Seeking info: Warlord strip featuring WW2 Japanese
Replies: 8
Views: 6112

Re: Seeking info: Warlord strip featuring WW2 Japanese

Incidentally, Battle also featured a series called Samurai in 1977.