Sunday, August 28, 2011

Klank! Comic is back!

Well over a month ago Rick Eades, the artist for the online Klank! comic, posted two (but each one had only three boxes) new stories, both titled David Hassel-Moth! We thought his comic was fianlly going to get going again... but it didn't. We had to trundle on through June, then most of August as well - until finally he posted again! His new strip - Max's Marvellous Mobile Phone - was DEFINATLY worth the wait (In my opinion at least)! All that I am going to say at the moment is that it goes from washing up a plate to an invasion of purple aliens! You can read the full strip here:-
Rick has been posting his comics all over the net. Here is a Carrotty Kid strip he did waaaaaaaaaaaay back in November last year!
In related news, Steve Beckett has done an excellant job on a geust comic strip for the very latest Carrotty Kid adventure! Check it out at!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Cheap Quality Fun

Toady I decided too quickly pop into my local bookstore, and I spotted these inbetween a bunch of other annuals (with titles including Speed, Dennis (The Pickle) and Scouts). They were very cheap (£2 each), so I decided I might as well get them! When I took them up to the counter the owner said: "I didn't know I had these!" (I think if he had known, he would have kept them for himself!) I wonder just how long they had been down there on that back shelf? The annuals I picked up were:
Dennis the Menace 1968
Dennis the Menace 1970
Dennis the Menace 1972
Beryl the Peril 1971

Okay, so I know that they're not the rarest annuals in the world - but when I opened them I was amazed by the quality! The only faults I could find was that the laminate on the spine of the 1968 and 1970 Dennis annuals was peeling (but only a little),the price had been clipped out of the Bery the Peril annual and one of the puzzles have been done in pencil in the 1968 Dennis book.
These books contain very lovely artowrk by Davy Law and the quality of the pages is amazing - they have hardly browned and none were ripped!
I am very pleased of my £8 purchase, as I have never seen such good quality copies of these annuals before! This proves that there are always going to be copies out there ... Well, sort of.

P.s. When I opened the 1970 Dennis annual, I found that the shopkeeper had put two yellow stickers over the oringinal price - of 7/6D!?!?!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Dandy Figures Drop!

As I'm sure many of you know - the sales of The Dandy has dropped massivly - a huge 48% between January and June! That means that there is less than 7,500 readers a week! Now, I don't want to start any rumours that "The Dandy is dead" or anything (as a lot of people have had a habit of doing), but I'm sure the Dandy are going to be doing something to raise their sales. I really like the new comic (apart from all the celebrities that are cramming the pages), so I hope they will keep it as a comic, and not a magazine such as the Dandy Xtreme!

So keep the Dandy alive - by buying several copies AND get your friends to buy them as well!


Friday, August 19, 2011

Dandy Subscription!

(Me trying to scan as much of the Dandy cover as I can!)

HOORAY! I finally have my subscription renewed! This is the best thing thats happened so far this week! So, what do I think of it?

Well, as I already knew, the covers were a been done differently (only for summer, I think) by Chris McGee. Sure, they're oookkkaaayyy... but does it really have to have celebrities crammmed into every corner of it? It would be nice to see a celeb' free issue again! I hope that the people at Dandy H.Q. aren't thinking of completely filling up the comic with them! I counted four comic strips devoted to them, not including cameo appearences in a few other strips.

Another nice suprise (even if I already knew it was there) was the 'Dave the Squirrel' comic strip, drawn by Andy Fanton! I love this - especially since I created the Dave the Squirrel facebook page, which, if you haven't already, you should go now and like like like! WOO-HOO!
And finally - I was glad too see that Lew Stringer's Postman Prat was back! According to Bruce Laing - Prat reappeared in Dandy #3545.

Well, that pretty much sums up this weeks Dandy (which now has the issue number back on the cover! #3548), out now for £2.50! Ooh! And it comes with a free Jokeberry (and a Monkey Bar for the kids)! If you have no idea what that is (and I'm pretty sure you don't), pick up this weeks issue!

Bruce Laing's website:

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Meet Dangerous Dan!

On 17th July Nigel Parkinson made a blog post simply stating "Who's this?" The answer is...
Dangerous Dan! And his adventures start in this weeks Beano (#3597)! HOORAY! Dangerous Dan is straight away my favourite character in The Beano, without a doubt! So, I'm not going to reveal anything more - you'll have to buy this weeks issue! (And whilst you're at it - you may as well pick up a Dandy for the same low low price!)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

American or Australian?

Around 10 - 15 years ago (I'm not really 100% sure on the exact year) classic American comics were been reproduced over in Australia! It's really easy to tell the difference between them, without even looking to see where it was printed! Take this 1973 comic 'Casper and The Ghostly Trio' #7 for example.
This is an American printed comic because it has the "Comic stamp" in the top right hand corner. See below:

Inside the comic there are the 'famous' adverts that appear in so many different comics from around the 1950's 'till the 1980's:

Whereas in the reprints they fill in those spaces with adverts such as these:

I'm not entirely sure how many different titles were reprinted in Australia, as these are my first ones
and I only picked them up today! The ones I do have are'The Jetsons' #5, 'The Flintstones' #2 and 'Quick Draw McGraw' #1!