Friday, June 13, 2014

Frankie Stein Holiday Special 1982


Frankie Stein was a fantastic character, first appearing in the fourth issue of Wham in 1964 and his last appearance was in BVC in 1995. He was so popular that he received a spin-off annual and summer special series, the annuals running from 1976 - 1977 and the specials from 1975 - 1982, and it is that final special we'll be looking at today. The comic gets off to a good start with a cover by Mike Lacey, Frankie's main artist after taking over from Ken Reid, but Bob draws nothing inside, instead the comic is mostly taken up by a 12-page Frankie Stein story by Frank McDiarmid entitled 'Frankie Stein and the Three Wishes', and the rest is reprints. The story is too long to show but here's the start so that you to get the feel of it.



As I said, the rest of the comic is reprints, most of which isn't Frankie Stein stories, with strips including Computer Cop by Alan Rogers, Wizards Anonymous by Brian Walker and Terror TV by Ian Knox. There are a few pages of Frankie in there though, including Freaky Frankie and Frankie's Diary, both illustrated by Sid Burgon.



Computer Cop isn't a strip I've come across before. It's four pages in length and I recognise the artist's name and style, but can't quite put my finger on what else he drew - does anybody know?






In terms of value this was the most expensive of the Frankie Stein specials, at 50p the price tag had increased by 5p from the year before. It had the standard 64 pages of which eight were in full colour. Instead of a poster on the centre spread there was a 'Monster Menace' board game, printed in full-colour.

8 comments:

Kid said...

As far as I remember, George, there are only one or two of the FS Summer Specials I don't have - and this is one of them. I must do a cover gallery of them one day soon.

Andy Boal said...

Alan Rogers also drew the Kooky Racers and Baron von Reichs Pudding, both for DCT. I’m sure I could dig up something else he drew.

George Shiers said...

Kid - They had some great covers, I look forwards to it - what's the other one you're missing?

Andy - Thanks for clearing that up - I recognise him now!

Kid said...

I can't recall offhand, George. When I dig them out I'll have a clearer idea. I'll try and do it in the next few days.

Kid said...

Covers are now up, George, in case you've not already seen them.

Rexeljet Smith said...

I think the cover of this special is actually by Mike Lacey; I can tell by the motion lines and the way the eyes on the characters are drawn ("conjoined" as opposed to separate)

Andy Boal said...

Rexeljet, you're quite right. The lettering settles it.

George Shiers said...

Well spotted Rexeljet - I'll make the change.