Saturday, November 18, 2017

Coming up in 2000AD...

Here's your weekly advance preview of the next issue of 2000AD, on sale Wednesday 22nd November...

UK & DIGITAL: 22nd November 2017 £2.75
NORTH AMERICA: 22nd December 2017 $7.99

In this issue:
JUDGE DREDD: BLACK SNOW by Michael Carroll (w) PJ Holden (a) Quinton Winter (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)

SLÁINE: ARCHON by Pat Mills (w) Simon Davis (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

ABSALOM: TERMINAL DIAGNOSIS by Gordon Rennie (w) Tiernan Trevallion (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

THARG'S 3RILLERS: THE HOUSE OF GILDED PEAK by Eddie Robson (w) Steven Austin (a) Gary Caldwell (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)

INDIGO PRIME: A DYING ART by Kek-W (w) Lee Carter (a) Simon Bowland (l)

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

Poll results

I recently ran polls on my Twitter account and on here, to see how often people visited my blog. Not that many people voted unfortunately, but here's the results. Firstly the Twitter poll... the poll I posted here...
I'm pleased that most of you who voted visit regularly, although on average it's not every day so there will be changes to Blimey! in 2018. I won't be posting as often for one thing, and other changes will be considered too. I'll tell you more about that at a later date.

Thanks for your votes. I hope you continue to enjoy this blog however often you visit.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Frank Bellamy's GHOST WORLD (1963)

I recently bought a near-complete run of Odhams' Boys' World, which was a fine comic/magazine that deserved to run longer than the 89 issues it managed over 1963 to 1964. Some of Britain's top comics creators worked on the title, including Frank Bellamy. 
I know some of you are big fans of Bellamy so today I thought I'd show the first three episodes of Ghost World, a strip that ran on the back page of Boys' World from Vol.1 No.46 (7th December 1963) to Vol.2 No.17 (25th April 1964). Ghost World was a sequel to The Angry Planet that had run in the comic previously by another artist. (I'll show some of those at a later date.)
It must be said that from Mickey Mouse Weekly and Modern Wonder in the 1930s to Boys' WorldWham!, Smash!, etc in the 1960s, Odhams produced some great comics/magazines. Admittedly they turned the original Eagle into a shadow of its former self, but even then it still featured some top artists. I'll show some more strips from Boys' World in the future.

Titan's JUSTICE LEAGUE No.5 out today

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Be of good cheer, the Christmas VIZ is here!

You know the festive season is definitely here when the snow-capped Christmas issue of Viz is to be found on the top shelves of all good newsagents and supermarkets across the land. Viz No.271 came out yesterday and its sweary, satirical fun is now as traditional as mince pies and undercooked turkey. The 52 page issue comes with a free Rude Kid Calendar for 2018 packed with Not Safe For Work jocularities in stunning full colour.
All your Viz favourites, apart from the ones I used to do, are up to their seasonal pranks, with stories decorated with snow and holly and that. Here you'll find 8 Ace, The Fat Slags, Drunken Bakers, Meddlesome Ratbag, Spawny Get and more, plus new favourites such as Conker Hospital, Victoria's Plumbers, and a fantastic Broon Windsors strip drawn by Stephen White...

All this plus a load of satirical features will keep you warm in the glow of your own laughter on those solitary winter nights. Viz 271, out now, £3.50.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Spaceship Away No.43 arrives with a festive cover

The latest edition of thrice-yearly comic Spaceship Away dropped through my letterbox yesterday and it's another fine issue. The brand new Christmas cover by veteran artist Don Harley (Eagle, TV21, Countdown) is worth the cover price alone in my opinion, but the contents deliver the goods as well.

There's another eight pages of the new Dan Dare adventure Shakedown Cruise, written and drawn by Tim Booth who puts an amazing amount of work into his panels...

Other strips are the second part of Operation Pintos, a reprint from the 1950s (but the original source isn't mentioned unfortunately), and a reprint of The Golden Amazon (part 2) by Philip Harbottle and Ron Turner, based on the novel by John Russell Fearn. This strip is newly coloured by Martin Baines, who does a great job on it, retaining Turner's original linework.

There's also a humour strip, presumably a reprint, called Davy Rocket. Sadly uncredited with no mention of where it first appeared. I presume this has also been newly coloured. Why put credits on the adventure strips but not on the humour strip? 

The rest of the issue is comprised of various articles. Some, such as a history of rockets and an item on a video game, seem out of place in Spaceship Away and I'd have preferred to have seen another strip reprint or a Dan Dare related article in their place. However, some of the other articles are excellent. There's an interview with David Leach, editor of Titan's new Dan Dare comic, and a very informative feature on the 1930s magazine Modern Wonder, a precursor to Eagle. I'd heard of this publication but knew very little about it, so this feature was very welcome. Modern Wonder, published by Odhams (a company behind several good titles over the years), was a glossy tabloid that must have looked very futuristic to the kids of 1937. Sadly, wartime paper shortages and suchlike put an end to it and the later generation that Eagle was aimed at would have had no knowledge that a similar publication had appeared years earlier.

Spaceship Away isn't cheap at £8.50, but the production standards are very high and that price does include postage. This latest issue, No.43, will be available to order soon from the comic's website:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Beano Christmas Special 2017

It's been out for several weeks now, but if you didn't already know, the Beano Christmas Special is in the shops now. 68 full colour pages in the 'bookazine' format with all-new strips and features, plus 20 free stickers!

I don't have a copy myself, and didn't receive any PR about it, but I thought readers of Blimey! should be informed it exists, so I used the image from the D.C. Thomson website for this promotion. 

This isn't the regular Christmas Beano, but an additional special that has been running for a few years now. The festive issue of the weekly Beano will be published in December as usual.

You should be able to find a copy of Beano Christmas Special in the shops, but if your local retailer hasn't ordered it, buy it directly from the publisher here:

Incoming COMMANDO comics this Thursday...

Thanks to D.C. Thomson for the info and images...

5071: Home of Heroes: Troubled Times

After the horrors of the First World War, Feldwebel Kurt Woden and Unteroffizer Johann Aachen returned from the front line to a battered and impoverished Germany. But not everyone was happy to put the fighting behind them, and not every German was at a loss from the war effort. Soon the rumblings of war reared its ugly head again as Kurt and Johann ran into a familiar face – one they remembered from the other side of the trenches...

Another classic tale from George Low featuring a dynamic pairing of bickering friends, ‘Troubled Times’ is full of battle and high speed chases, with artwork by Jaume Forns breaking through the panels, adding to the excitement of this stellar issue.

|Story | George Low | Art | Jaume Forns | Cover | Janek Matysiak|

5072: Gold Collection: Redcap

M.P. Sergeant Pete Simpson never expected to lead a group of Allied criminals and deserters, but when their transport plane is downed in the Italian mountains, Pete has no choice but to trust his prisoners. However, things quickly take a turn when the rag-tag crew find a Nazi power station and their fight for survival turns to one for honour!

Complimenting Skentleberry’s vagabond team is carefully shaded artwork by Zata, really making the different uniforms and expressions stand out.

|Story | Skentleberry | Art | Zata | Cover | Penalva |
Originally Commando No. 427 (September 1969)

5073: Action and Adventure: Higher! Higher! Higher!

Commando reaches new heights as German reconnaissance flights take old Junkers Ju 86Ps into the stratosphere, but fear not, Tommy has his own plane ready to give chase. Battling at forty-thousand feet, these steel angels have more than bullets or dizzying heights to worry about as less oxygen can be absorbed by the blood, leading to hallucinations, dizziness and even blackouts…  

Framing this is issue is a glorious aerial cover by Ian Kennedy, showing the depth and height of the aircraft showdown high above the African sands.

|Story | Steve Taylor | Art | Castro & Morhain| Cover | Ian Kennedy |

5074: Silver Collection: Jinx and Jonah!

For the entirety of the Second World War, battles were underway to protect and conquer the vital sea lanes of the Atlantic Ocean. But the enemy was not always visible on such a battlefield, as hidden beneath the surface were Nazi wolf packs. One such U-Boat bore the distinctive insignia of a mermaid on a horseshoe – something wireless operator Andrew Collins would never forget…

K. P. MacKenzie’s nautical adventure is skilfully drawn by the illustrious Gordon C. Livingstone, while the sea loving Jeff Bevan provides the cover.

|Story | K. P. MacKenzie | Art | Gordon C. Livingstone | Cover | Jeff Bevan |
Originally Commando No. 2641 (February 1993)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Alan Moore interview from 1983. Read Fantasy Express No.5 for FREE!

Back in 1983, when I was producing fanzines, I published Fantasy Express No.5, which included one of the first (if not the first) interview with Alan Moore. The 'zine is long out of print and fetches a tidy sum on eBay, but you can now read it for free because David Hathaway-Price has uploaded it as a PDF on his website of classic fanzines. 

As well as the interview with Alan Moore by Eddie Stachelski, there's also my look back at Countdown comic, an article on Fantastic's Johnny Future, UK comics news of the period, an early Brickman strip, and an exclusive cover by Alan Davis!

To read or download the issue, visit David's website here:

Cover preview: DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE No.519

There's a new issue of Doctor Who Magazine out this Thursday, and Panini UK have just released the cover image, showing David Bradley as the first Doctor. (If you didn't already know, Bradley plays the part of the first Doctor in the upcoming Christmas special, which also stars Peter Capaldi bowing out as the 12th Doctor, and the debut of Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor.)

There's a nice wintery look to the cover, but this isn't the Christmas issue yet. That one will be out in December. This issue will contain the usual well-informed mixture of news, exclusive interviews, reviews, previews and articles, and there's another Daft Dimension strip from me, which this time features the Time Lords...
Doctor Who Magazine No.119, on sale Thursday 16th November, price £5.99.

SPACE ACE Volume 9 is here!

A new issue of Ron Turner's Space Ace was published recently, and it's another top value edition. The 40 page comic reprints three Space Ace stories from the 1950s, newly coloured by John Ridgway. 

In truth though, it's more than three stories in a way, because editor John Lawrence has combined three strips into one, to create a 16 page lead story. I'm in two minds about this, as I believe that if classic strips are reprinted they should appear as close to their original form as possible. However, John Lawrence gives good reasons for editing three stories into one, and the finished result moves along at a good pace and proves to be an exciting story. 

Once again, John Ridgway's colourisation is excellent, and I was pleased that he seems to have retained more of Turner's original inking than in some previous issues. Again, I would prefer the strips to be reprinted in their original black and white, as intended, but John's colouring is well accomplished. 

There's a great, informative bonus feature on the history of the Space Ace strip which was very welcome, as there hasn't been a great deal written about 1950s British strips outside of Eagle and The Beano. There's also a two page letters section, which is always good to see in a comic.

Ron Turner’s Space Ace Issue 9 costs is £8.95 UK, £12.50 for Europe and £14.50 for international orders. Copies may be obtained via PayPal (please use friends and family option) at: spaceace.54@virginmedia.comOtherwise cheques (UK funds only) payable to: John Lawrence, to 39 Carterweys, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU5 4RB 

Preview: 2000AD Prog 2057

Here's a preview of a few pages from the next issue of 2000AD, the UK's longest-running weekly adventure comic, on sale this Wednesday...

UK & DIGITAL: 15th November 2017 £2.75
NORTH AMERICA: 15th December 2017 $7.99

In this issue:
JUDGE DREDD: BLACK SNOW by Michael Carroll (w) PJ Holden (a) Quinton Winter (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)

SLÁINE: ARCHON by Pat Mills (w) Simon Davis (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

INDIGO PRIME: A DYING ART by Kek-W (w) Lee Carter (a) Simon Bowland (l)

SINISTER DEXTER: THE SIGHTS by Dan Abnett (w) Steve Yeowell (a) John Charles (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)

ABSALOM: TERMINAL DIAGNOSIS by Gordon Rennie (w) Tiernan Trevallion (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

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

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Reading Comic-Con is coming!

My final convention for the time being will be Reading Comic-Con, over the weekend of 25th and 26th November. Your last chance to buy a sketch from me this year! Come along and join us! 

More info here:

Buy your tickets here:

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Reg Parlett's DID YOU KNOW? (1963)

Here's a little strip that some of you may not have seen before. In 1963, Longacre Press launched Boys' World weekly, a kind of cross between Eagle and Look and Learn. Initially, it only featured a few strips, and one of those was a half page feature called Did You Know? drawn by veteran artist Reg Parlett. 

Reg had already been working in comics a long time by this stage and you'll find some of his older strips elsewhere on this blog if you put his name into the search window. Later on of course he drew many strips for IPC including Rent-A-Ghost and a long stint on Buster

Without further ado, here are the Did You Know? strips from Boys' World Vol.1 Nos.2 to 6, covering 2 February 1963 to 2nd March 1963. A nice little humourous educational item that gave Reg the opportunity to draw a few realistic characters alongside his distinctive cartoony style. IPC reprinted some of these in an annual or holiday special around 1969 or 1970.

Preview: JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE - on sale Wednesday

Sometimes overlooked when people talk about which British comics are available in newsagents, Judge Dredd Megazine continues to bring us top class talent and stories every issue with all-new material, plus features and interviews on current UK comics. If that wasn't enough, it comes bagged with a 64 page reprint of a classic 2000AD series too! It's had its ups and downs over the years but I think it's currently the best it's been in a long time. 

Don't just take my word for it. Have a look at the quality of these preview pages! Here's the lowdown on the next issue, No.390, on sale next Wednesday!

UK & DIGITAL: 15th November 2017 £2.75
NORTH AMERICA: 15th December 2017 $7.99

In this issue:
JUDGE DREDD: CONTRABANDITS by Rory McConville (w) Leigh Gallagher (a) Gary Caldwell (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)

ANDERSON, PSI DIVISION: NWO by Alan Grant (w) Paul Marshall (a) Dylan Teague (c) Simon Bowland (l)

DEVLIN WAUGH: BLOOD DEBT by Rory McConville (w) Mike Dowling (a) Simon Bowland (l)

LAWLESS: BREAKING BADROCK by Dan Abnett (w) Phil Winslade (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

DARK JUDGES: DOMINION by John Wagner (w) Nick Percival (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)

FEATURES: Dan Dare, New Comics.

BAGGED REPRINT: Helium by Ian Edginton (w) D'Israeli (a) Ellie De Ville (l)

Available in print from: UK newsagents and all good comic book stores via Diamond. Available in digital from: 2000 AD webshop2000 AD iPad app, 2000 AD Android app, 2000 AD Windows 10 app

Friday, November 10, 2017

Vote! Vote! Vote! (If you don't mind, please.)

I've added a poll in the sidebar to the right of this post, asking how often you visit this blog. You probably won't see it if you read Blimey! by phone or just check your e-mails, so if you do, scroll down and click on 'View web version' to visit and vote, that'd be great. Thanks in advance!

New Panini Marvels out now

Here's the latest info on the current Marvel Collector's Editions published by Panini UK...

Astonishing Spider-Man Vol.6 #33. On sale 9th November 2017. 

76 pages packed with arachnid-adventure! Only £3.99!
The Osborn Identity continues! Silver Sable is back from the dead?!! And just what is the Green Goblin’s plan?!!
Also, being Spider-Man is a family affair! 
Plus, Miles’ dad is back working for S.H.I.E.L.D.! But can he save his son from the Black Cat?!!
By Dan Slott, Stuart Immonen, Gerry Conway, Ryan Stegman, Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli.
Includes material reprinted from Amazing Spider-Man #25-26, Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1, and Spider-Man #11.

Marvel Legends Vol. 3 #17. On sale 9th November 2017.

76 Action-Packed pages featuring Marvel’s ‘Big 3’ – Iron Man, Captain America and Thor! £3.99!
The verdict is reached in the trial of Maria Hill! Plus, more details of Cap's hidden past are revealed! 
No armour! No training! No hope! Riri Williams and Pepper Potts face Techno Golem and the Bio-Hack Ninjas!
Thor competes in the Challenge of the Gods! Meanwhile, the war between the Shi'ar and Asgard rages!
By Nick Spencer, Jesús Saiz, Brian Michael Bendis, Stefano Caselli, Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman!

Includes material reprinted from Captain America: Steve Rogers #9-10, Invincible Iron Man #4, and Thor #17!

New Who

No doubt you'll have seen this image already on social media, and it'll be in all the papers later today, but I thought I'd post it for the few of you who may not have seen it. It's the first official photograph of Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor! A new look, and an outfit that's completely different to what most of us were expecting. There's something clown-like about it, which harkens back to Patrick Troughton's era, but it also embraces modern sensibilities with its rainbow motif. I think any travels to the Victorian era might raise a few eyebrows with those bare ankles though. 

Jodie Whittaker makes her debut in Doctor Who on Christmas Day, and her full series starts next Autumn. By which time, hopefully all the obvious "Mork" jokes will have subsided. 

Coincidentally, today I'm working on the Daft Dimension strip for the Christmas issue of Doctor Who Magazine. No, the 13th Doctor will not feature in it. Although I was the first to put her in a strip (see here) her next comics appearance won't be until the new series begins in 2018.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Andy's back in the bookshops

Photo from Lawrence Goldsmith.
Just another quick plug for the new Andy Capp book that I mentioned months ago. It's now been published and is in bookshops. This is the 60th anniversary year for the Daily Mirror's work-shy character so it's good to see him back in a book of his own. 

Andy Capp: 60 Years of Thinking About the Big Issues is a collection of contemporary strips by Roger Mahoney, Lawrence Goldsmith, and Sean Garnett, and you can order a copy online now.

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