Tuesday, November 20, 2012

This Week In... 1970 - Thunder!

A very exciting, informative and incredibly drawn front cover,
restored to look like new on a computer!
A new comic hit the shelves in 1970, with the exciting name of Thunder! The comic was a bit pricier than most on the market, costing 8d, or 3 1/2 new pence, but for your extra money you did get 36 pages with some excellent artwork from the hands of artists such as Francisco Solano LopezAlfonso Font and Denis McLoughlin.

Possibly the most popular strip in Thunder was Adam Eterno. Adam Eterno was about a man who, in the 16th Centruy had a curse put on him by an alchemist to enternal life, and the only way he could die was from a fatal blow from a solid gold object. This series was wonderfully illustrated by Colin Page, until the much more well known artist of the strip Francisco Solano Lopez took over for good in issue #18.

The centre pages were taken up by the full colour Phil the Fluter. Phil had come across a magic flute that, whenever he played a tune anybody within hearing distance (except for himslef) turned into statues for a short period of time, and afterwards remembered nothing about it. 

If you were wondering, yes - Phil does get his
flute back before the dustbin is emptied!
Fury's Family was a strip about a circus boy who could talk to the animals, and had led them to freedom! The artwork of this strip is incredible, so much detail has been crammed into the woodland scenes. The artist who do the strip was Denis McLoughlin, one of my favourite adventure artists, who worked on many comics and characters such as Commando, Wizard and Buffalo Bill. Sadly, Denis decided to take his life in 2002.

Click on the picture to appreciate the art
in full size!

Amongst the adventure strips there were two humour stories. The first, The Spooks of Saint Lukes, is about a group of spooks who share their building with a school. But, unlike other strips with the same storyline, their intention is to help the kids out and defeat the nasty teachers!

The back page featured Leo Baxendale's Sam, who is obviously Biff (from Wham! comic), only with a much less creative name. 

If you'd like to read more about Adam Eterno, there is an entire website dedicated to the character, which also holds all of his comic strips and other appearences. You can find the site by clicking on the link below.



Richard Nimby said...

Wasn't just any old blow from an object made of gold. It had to be what would amount to a fatal blow. So if he was shot by a gold bullet, he could still just be wounded, depending on where he was hit.

Harry Rickard said...

Is "Sam" a reprint of Biff? Honestly look so similar!

George Shiers said...

Sam is indeed a reprint a reprint of Biff from Wham, only the character has a much less creative name.

Lew Stringer said...

The Adam Eterno strip you've shown isn't by Lopez. He didn't draw the strip originally.

George Shiers said...

So he didn't - according to the website it was Tom Tully and Tom Kerr who first drew him. Apparently Lopez started in issue 18?

Thanks for the heads up!

Lew Stringer said...

Tom Kerr drew the first episode but I can't remember if he did another. That one above definitely isn't a Tom Kerr strip.

Lew Stringer said...

By the way, Tom Tully was the writer.

George Shiers said...

Turns out the artist is Colin Page, who took over on issue #2, and continued until issue #16, also drawing #18 and #20. Lopez drew issue #17, #19 and #21 and #22, then Thunder merged with Lion. Lopez drew all the strips in Lion and then most of the strips in Valiant, until he was overtaken by Juan Giralt!