Saturday, February 25, 2017

Prog Preview: 2000AD Prog 2020

Here's your weekly preview pages of the upcoming issue of 2000AD, courtesy of the publishers Rebellion. On sale next Wednesday from newsagents and comic shops.

UK & DIGITAL: 1 March 2017 £2.65
NORTH AMERICA: 1 April 2017 $7.99

In this issue:

Judge Dredd: Thick Skin by TC Eglington (w) Boo Cook (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)

Kingmaker by Ian Edginton (w) Leigh Gallagher (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

Kingdom: As It Is In Heaven by Dan Abnett (w) Richard Elson (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

The Order:  Wyrm War by Kek-W (w) John Burns (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)

Sinister Dexter: Electric Landlady by Dan Abnett (w) Steve Yeowell (a) John Charles (c) Simon Bowland (l)

Available in print from: UK newsagents and all good comic book stores via Diamond 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Jimmy Joy, the TV Boy (CHIPS, 1953)

Those of you around my age may remember a sixties strip called Charlie's Choice in Smash!, that featured a boy's magic TV set that enabled characters to enter our world. Well, there was a precedent of sorts in the 1950s with Jimmy Joy, the TV Boy, that ran in Chips from 1952 to the final issue in 1953. 

The difference was that Jimmy's set worked the other way; allowing Jimmy to enter through the screen into the TV programmes. The artwork was by Albert Pease, a long standing and excellent cartoonist for the Amalgamated Press comics. Here are a couple of examples from 1953. (Yes, Chips was printed on pink paper.)

...and for comparison, here's an episode of Charlie's Choice, with art by Brian Lewis, from Smash! No.109 (2nd March 1968)....

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Fantastic PHOENIX cover

Sometimes, comics are worth buying just for the cover alone, so it's a bonus when the contents are good too. Case in point being the current issue of The Phoenix. A really nice stylish cover design by Lorenzo Etherington for the Von Doogan strip inside. That's bloomin' art that is, mate! 

Other contents include Part 2 of The Pie Thief by Faz Choudhury, the start of a new Mega Robo Bros adventure by Neill Cameron, Bunny vs Monkey by Jamie Smart, Squid Squad by Dan Boultwood, and more. 

The Phoenix No.268 is £3.25 from selected branches of W.H. Smith and Waitrose, and various comic shops.

Another BEANO free gift

There's a free Beano Top Trumps card featuring Pup Parade inside this week's issue! Nigel Parkinson did the art for that, while I drew the Pup Parade strip that relates to the gift. (Beano editor John Anderson wrote the script for this week's Pups story.) I've always liked strips that used the free gift as a theme so I jumped at the chance to do this one. 

There's a ton of other strips in the comic too of course, featuring Dennis and Gnasher, Billy Whizz, Minnie the Minx and all the favourites. There's another Ivy the Terrible by me too. 

Don't miss Beano No.3873, on sale now!

Happy 40th to 2000AD... again!

Comic Cuts called itself "The King of Comics", so perhaps 2000AD is the Queen of Comics because it has two birthdays every year. There's the actual birthday, 19th February, the date that issue No.1 went on sale in newsagents, and then there's the official birthday, 26th February, which was only the cover date (the date the comic was replaced on the shelves with the next issue). 

Somewhere along the way, long ago, someone confused the two, thinking cover dates were launch dates, and 2000AD has been celebrating its birthday on 26th February for years. To confuse things even more, this year they're celebrating it today, 22nd February, simply because it's today that the latest issue goes on sale. 

It's ironic that a comic called 2000AD would get its birth-date wrong for so many years, but pedantry aside, congratulations to the creative droids who have worked on the comic over the last four decades. I did a bit of work for a couple of 2000AD Annuals in the 1980s, writing articles and credited as a "Research Droid", so save me a slice of cake! Here's to many more years for the Galaxy's Greatest Comic!

Today sees the publication of the latest issue, (that's the cover above, beside Prog 1) plus the 2000AD 40th Anniversary Special. I previewed those the other day but if you missed it you'll find the post here:

If you want to see what the first issue looked like, see this post:
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