Actress Buff Cobb, reading comic books at home in 1946. Buff was married to television personality, Mike Wallace.
Countdown with Dr. Who and friends! - Was sent a CD with scans of full run of the old British “Countdown and TV Action” comics from the early 1970s last week. Working my way through these is going to be a great trip down memory lane.
Just a quick flick through a few random issues (#3 shown above) and there are strips featuring: Dr Who, UFO, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, Stingray, Secret Service, Fireball XL5, The Persuaders, Hawaii 5-O, Mission Impossible, Cannon, The Protectors, and more.
Thinking it might be fun to write some quick reviews here as I work my way through them.
The British black and white horror reprints that I read as a boy. And that’s a Ditko cover, if my eyes do not deceive me.
Now I am wondering what kind of band the Beatles would have been if it was John, Paul, George and Ditko.
Ringo Starr reading a comic book.
Filing away examples of Spanish language editions of the SCIENCE SQUAD educational comic I wrote and produced. Issue #1 art by Rob Osborne, Issue #2 art by Doug Potter.
FCQ - My first foray into comics journalism and self publishing from back in 1993/94. Came across these file copies of each issue while sorting through some stuff. The small A5 sized magazine started out as 24 page wrap around for the catalog listing for Forest Comics my mail-order comics retail business at the time. It quickly became a quarterly magazine (FCQ = Forest Comics Quarterly) in its own right sold in various comics and computer gaming stores in the west of England. During its brief run FCQ included interviews with creators such as David Lapham, Kevin Sutherland, Mark Buckingham, and Warren Ellis.
Superheroes of the Round Table. - Review copy just received from McFarland Publishers. Subtitled “Comics Connections to Medieval & Renaissance Literature,” and according to the back cover promises to “establish the comic genre (sic) as a cousin to Arthurian myth, Spenser, and Shakespeare, …. While employing authors of the past like Ben Johnson to help explain comics by Alan Moore, Jack Kirby, Grant Morrison” etc.
Promises to be an interesting read.
The Christmas present that bought a tear to my eye this year. - A near mint copy of Flash #186, cover dated March 1969. - As a young kid growing up in the UK in the 1960s my only exposure to Marvel or DC superheroes were the occasional two-page black and white reprints in weekly adventure comics like Tornado. Then one day, when I was 9 or 10 years old, a strange new device appeared in my local newsagents. A spinner rack loaded with garishly colored comics full of dashing super-heroes. But one image stood out above the rest, one of a hero seemingly defeated and forgotten. I had to read THAT story, and so I handed over a few coins for what became the first ever American comic book I purchased. Flash #186.
Now, many years later I have a copy back in my hands thanks to my amazing wife, Gill.
Special thanks also to the great team at Austin Books for making it possible, and to Mark Waid who a couple of years ago identified the issue number for me based on my somewhat hazy recollection of a 40 year old image.
Added to my shelves today - 1967 TV Tornado Annual. This blast from the past is almost a primer on characters in my “want to write someday” list: Man From U.N.C.L.E., Green Hornet, The Phantom, The Saint.