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Somewhere I can talk about my favourite subjects: old British comics, story papers and paperbacks.

Updated: 2018-01-20T18:16:01.258+00:00


P B Hickling


P. B. HICKLING by Robert J. Kirkpatrick P. B. Hickling was another artist who was equally at home providing illustrations for periodicals such as The Sphere, The Graphic and The Strand Magazine as he was illustrating children’s books, especially girls’ school stories. He was, perhaps best-known for the work he did in the last two or three years of his life, illustrating 10 animal story

Comic Cuts - 19 January 2017


I think I'm on track to have the next volume of Forgotten Authors out in early February. Now that I have the text, there are still a lot of stages to go through before I can hold a physical book in my hand. Not the least of these is reading through all of the essays and doing bits of rewriting, usually just to weed out some of the klutzy writing that might result from revising a paragraph two

Rebellion Releases (2000AD)


Rebellion releases for 17 January 2018. There’s never been a more mega time for Judge Dredd Megazine subscribers – they’ll now get a free cover print with every issue!    Readers who subscribe to 2000 AD’s monthly sister magazine, the Judge Dredd Megazine, will now automatically receive a free print of each month’s cover, shorn of logo and coverlines, as well as the regular 64-page

Ernest Prater


ERNEST PRATER by Robert J. Kirkpatrick Ernest Prater was a both a respected war artist and a prolific illustrator of children’s books in a career that lasted for over 50 years. He was born on 11 March 1864 and baptized exactly two years later at St. Mary’s Church, Islington. He was the sixth of nine children of Joseph Prater, a carpenter (born in Crantock, Cornwall, in 1821) and his wife

Comic Cuts - 12 January 2018


After a month where I've had little to show for all the work I have been putting in on the new book, I can say that I'm at last nearly there. I started on the last of the big essays before Christmas, and finally had a completed first draft on Monday. I took a day off of Tuesday to write a related piece which kept me up beyond midnight to complete. Then back to the other piece to start rewriting

Commando issues 5087-5090


Brand new Commando issues out today! Buckle up and get ready for evading raiders in the Kenyan bush, bickering air-duo bail outs, kamikaze conjurors in the Himalayas and grizzled military detectives tracking down serial killers in the ruined streets of post-war Berlin… 5087: Ambush in Kenya “I THOUGHT YOU JOINED UP TOO LATE FOR THE WAR, DAD?” “THERE WAS MORE THAN ONE WAR, LAD.”     The years

Rebellion Releases (2000AD)


Rebellion releases  10-11 January 2018. 2000AD Prog 2063 Cover: Neil Roberts JUDGE DREDD: ECHOES by Michael Carroll (w) Colin MacNeil (a) Chris Blythe (c) Annie Parkhouse (l) ABC WARRIORS: FALLOUT by Pat Mills (w) Clint Langley (a) Annie Parkhouse (l) BRASS SUN: ENGINE SUMMER by Ian Edginton (w) INJ Culbard (a) Ellie De Ville (l) SAVAGE: THE THOUSAND YEAR STARE by Pat Mills (w) Patrick Goddard

J. Ayton Symington


J. AYTON SYMINGTON by Robert J. Kirkpatrick J. Ayton Symington is something of an enigma. He was a fairly prolific, and proficient, illustrator of books, in particular children’s historical and adventure stories, between 1885 and 1914, yet his early life, at least as far as online genealogy records go, is a complete mystery. He does not appear in the census records until 1891, when he was

Comic Cuts - 5 January 2018


Happy New Year to you all. I hope you had as enjoyable a time at Christmas as I did. I'll confess here that I spent most of it in front of the TV, in a chair, under a dog, with occasional energetic bursts of on a walk, in the cold, behind a dog. The food was great, we had some laughs and nothing that wasn't meant to be chewed was chewed. I think we can chalk that one up as an excellent Xmas.

Paul Temple and the Barracombe Boxes part 18


Paul Temple and the Barracombe Boxes part 17


Rebellion Releases (2000AD)


Rebellion releases for 3 January 2018. 2000AD Prog 2062 Blazing SF action from the Eisner-nominated UK anthology! 2000 AD surges into the new year with a stunning line-up of stories - future lawman Judge Dredd is trapped in Siberia in 'Echoes' by Michael Carroll and Colin MacNeil; the ABC Warriors are tearing each other apart in 'Fallout' by Pat Mills and Clint Langley; Bad Company have a

Paul Temple and the Barracombe Boxes part 16


Paul Temple and the Barracombe Boxes part 15


Commando issues 5083-5086


Commando issues released 28 December 2017. Brand new Commando issues 5083-5086 are out now! Jump into action with shoot-outs in the snow sheathed tundra, Commando bank heists in Tuscany, “Devil Dog” dealings in Belleau Wood and a nasty hostage situation in the Channel Islands… 5083: Terror on the Tundra With German Alpine troops and Finnish Sami soldiers prowling the Russian Tundra, the

Paul Temple and the Barracombe Boxes part 14


Jim Baikie (1940-2017)


Jim Baikie, best known as an artist for Look-In, 2000ADndash;where he painted the adventures of Skizz, an alien lost in Birmingham–and Star Wars: Empire's End for Dark Horse, died on 29 December 2017, aged 77. Jim Baikie (1987) James G. Baikie, born in the Orkney Islands on 28 February 1940, served as a Corporal with the RAF in 1956-63 before joining a printing company. Baikie joined

Paul Temple and the Barracombe Boxes part 13


Paul Temple and the Barracombe Boxes part 12


Paul Temple and the Barracombe Boxes part 11


Paul Temple and the Barracombe Boxes part 10


Paul Temple and the Barracombe Boxes part 9


Merry Christmas, Everybody


Paul Temple and the Barracombe Boxes part 8


Wishing You All the Best for Christmas