Friday, July 07, 2017

Will BLACK MAX return?

One of the most memorable adventure strips from British comics of the 1970s, Black Max started out in the short-lived Thunder comic in 1970 before transferring over to the combined Lion and Thunder in March 1971. It was written by Ken Mennell and initially drawn by Eric Bradbury, then by Spanish artist Alfonso Font. 

The war/horror strip involved WW1 aircraft being attacked by giant mutated bats under the control of evil Baron Maximilien Von Klorr and proved popular enough to appear in Lion and Thunder until the final issue in 1974.

Now that Rebellion have bought the archive of IPC strips from 1970 onwards, is there a possibility that a collected Black Max book might appear as a future volume in their Treasury of British Comics line? Time will tell!

In the meantime, here's a couple of sample episodes from the first two combined issues of Lion and Thunder, dated 20th and 27th March 1971. Superb art by Alfonso Font...







6 comments:

Paul Mcscotty said...

Oh that's (potentially) good news Lew I used to think "Black Max" was such a cool strip with that massive bat etc as a kid so I would be looking to pick that one up if its reprinted. Really good news about some of these reprints now if they got around to a reprinting of " Von Hoffman's Invasion" from Jet, that would be excellent.

Lew Stringer said...

I've no insight into Rebellion's plans beyond this year but anything's possible, and it seems to me that Black Max and Von Hoffman might be two of the more likely contenders. Let's hope so anyway!

B Smith said...

Will there be a free Black Max's bat attached to the cover*...just to recreate that full weekly comic experience :-)


*with the obligatory "This offer only valid in the UK" in small type at the bottom.

Lew Stringer said...

In my day the gift was inside, held by a dab of glue. I'm assuming it was the retailers who decided they should be taped to the covers. Aagh!

https://lewstringer.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/free-inside-part-1.html

Carol Kewley said...

"Black Max" is so similar to "The Bloody Red Baron" by Kim Newman. Wonder if that was an influence?

cheers,
Carol

Lew Stringer said...

I haven't read Kim's books but I understand he does like comics so it's possible Black Max may have inspired him.

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