I picked up this Shiver and Shake annual from a bookshop today, only to notice that it hasn't got '1975' written underneath 'Annual' on the cover. Anybody know why?
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Well, I was planning to be writing a full length post about the 1971 Knockout Christmas speacial, BUT - my scanner has gone mad and is scanning everything on an angle for some reason??? So I decided to take photots of the pages instead - and all of them came out blurry - save for the Super Seven centre spread by Mike Lacey. It's nice and colourful, so I thought I'd share it with you none-the-less!
Maybe I'll do the full comic next year?
Friday, December 23, 2011
This is one of my favourite chrismas Beano comics, probably because it was one of my first. It sported a very nice cover by Dudley D.Watkins, but there had been better covers in the past, and there were better ones to come.
On the centre spread is a very nice, colouful Bash Street Kids story by David Sutherland - the most festive story in the comic!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Whizzer and Chips has always been my favourite comic, but sadly it folded in October 1990, meaning that it celebrated it's last christmas in 1989 (although there was a Buster with Whizzer and Chips chritmas number in 1990).
Saturday, December 17, 2011
There could have been two christmas issues that year, as the issue following the one above went on sale on the 23rd December. At the end of the message below I think a better thing for Buster to have said would be "Don't delay! Do it TODAY!" instead of "Don't delay! Do it NOW!"
Thursday, December 15, 2011
The 1984 jackpot annual has a bit of a festive cover, as did most of Fleetway's annuals that year, this one starring Top of the Class. As you would probably expect with an annual like this, not many of the stories inside had a christmas theme. I found one, and a few with a bit of snow.
Another christmas comic coming soon!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Jim Petrie,the artist for Minnie the Minx, The Sparky People and others, was recently interviewed in Classics from the Comics #174, which then ended the following issue (I think...). He is most well known for Minnie the Minx, who he drew for 40 years, producing over 2000 strips for the weekly, annuals and comic libraries. Here's the interview, and a two page Minnie story.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
The later instruction booklet was a bit more boring:
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Mike Marts, editor of the Batman series at DC Comics, called the artist "a pioneer in storytelling".
Robinson, who was first hired to draw comic books in 1939, aged 17, is credited by many as crafting the Caped Crusader's arch-enemy The Joker.
"I think the name came first - The Joker. Then I thought of the playing card," he said, last year.
Green-haired villain The Joker first appeared in 1940 and was later brought to life by actors Cesar Romero, in the 1960s TV series, Jack Nicholson, in 1989 film Batman, and Heath Ledger, in 2008 movie The Dark Knight.
"The streets of Gotham City are a little lonelier today," said Marts.
However Batman creator Bob Kane claimed he and the series' original writer Bill Finger created the character.
Robinson was hired by Kane in 1939 after the two met at a resort in Catskill Mountains where Robinson was selling ice cream, wearing a white jacket covered with his own illustrations.
In the 1950s, he drew comic strips and cartoons for Broadway magazine Playbill.
After leaving the Batman team in the early 1940s, he went on to create comic book characters including nuclear superhero Atoman.
In later life, he taught at New York's School of Visual Arts and was president of both the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and the National Cartoonists Society.
He also curated a number of major exhibitions of comic book art in the US and all over the world.
"Jerry brought a realism to comics - and a sense of humour," said Kochman, his editor at Abrams Comic Arts, which last year published a book entitled Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics.
"He saw the value of comics as an art."
Robinson is survived by his wife of 57 years, two children and two grandchildren.
From BBC News -