Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wall's WONDERMAN by Frank Bellamy (1970)

Frank Bellamy is well known in comics circles for his work on strips such as Heros the Spartan for Eagle, Thunderbirds for TV21, and Garth for the Daily Mirror, but (as some of you also know) he also worked in advertising. Some of those adverts appeared in the weekly comics too. In 1970, Bellamy produced two full page comic strips featuring Wall's Wonderman; a bespoke British superhero promoting Wall's Wonder Woppas ice cream lollies. 

The strip shown above is one I scanned from my edition of Tiger dated 30th May 1970. 

Another Wonderman adventure, Martian Inferno, appeared in Valiant dated 18th April 1970. I don't have that issue, but you can see it on Norman Boyd's blog here:

A Noble World

Mike Noble is well known for his fantastic comic strip work for TV21 and Look-In amongst other comics, but here's something that some of you may not have seen before. (It was a new discovery for me anyway, when I bought this book on eBay last week.) Mike's cover artwork for Boys' World Annual 1972 (published in 1971 by Hamlyn for Odhams Books). 

Sadly, there's no art by Mike inside the book, but for my money it was worth buying for the cover alone, so I thought I'd share it with you on my blog today. Mike Noble has been my favourite adventure comics artist since I was 5 years old.

The contents are a mixture of a handful of short complete adventure stories (some reprint) and features. Boys' World weekly only ran from 1963 to 1964, but the annual continued until this final one for 1972. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Barbarella is back!

The classic French comic strip popularised by the 1968 cult movie Barbarella, returns to comics in an all-new monthly scripted by British writer Mike Carey and drawn by Kenan Yarar.

Published by American company Dynamite, Barbarella No.1 will be available from comic shops in the UK and USA in December. Here's the info...

(W) Mike Carey (A) Kenan Yarar (CA) Joe Jusko
Earth's star-crossed daughter is back! When Barbarella wanders into a war zone, the theocratic rulers of Parosia arrest and imprison her. A prison break is brewing, but now that she knows what the Parosians do to their own citizens Barbarella decides to make this fight her own...
In Shops: Dec 06, 2017

Coventry appearance cancellation

I'm very sorry to say that I won't be able to attend Coventry Comic Con next Sunday. I'm behind schedule with several jobs which are needed by early next week so will be working over the weekend to meet deadlines. 

I was foolish to say I'd go to so many events this month (four within five weeks) but didn't realise when I accepted the invites how they would clash with comics deadlines. I'll pace things differently next year. I really enjoy going to conventions but I've taken too many on this year (15 which I've cut back to 12). My apologies to those of you expecting to see me at the Coventry show. My next event will be the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal, over the weekend of 13th to 15th October. 

In the meantime, if you're free on Sunday, go along to the Coventry Comic Con and give it your support. Details at the link.

The name's Girl... Tank Girl

The third issue of the new Tank Girl series, The Wonderful World of Tank Girl, arrives after Christmas with a spy spoof theme. Even the logo is based on The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 

Here's the info...

(W) Alan Martin (A/CA) Brett Parson
The third in a series of four stand-alone stories!
Tank Girl goes undercover and Sub Girl goes under the covers in this spy-thriller epic! The gang find themselves at the mercy of Australia's nastiest crime syndicate, and there's only one way out - acting like a bunch of stupid secret agents!

Published by Titan Comics.
In Shops: Dec 27, 2017
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