Archive for the ‘Comics’ Category

Commando 5371-5374

Posted: October 1, 2020 in Comics

Commando 5371-5374 is out today in the UK. Just search “Commando comics” should you want to subscribe.

(Covers courtesy of Commando)

Commando 2021 Calendar

Posted: September 30, 2020 in Calendars, Comics, Cool stuff

Commando will hit 60 next year, which is pretty respectable. They always excel with their annual calendars and I think the 2021 one looks incredibly good.

Not a bad choice for 2021 then.

(Image courtesy of Commando)

War Comics Treasure Revisited

Posted: September 26, 2020 in Books, Comics, Cool stuff

UK publisher Rebellion has dusted off three classic issues of war comic book Air Ace Picture Library – 65 (August 1961), 428 (March 1969) and 182 (February 1964) – all dealing with the Battle Of Britain and drawn by legendary artist Ian Kennedy (still active for Commando Comics to this day). Issued now as War Picture Library (also a title borrowed from the golden era of war comics), and roughly twice as big as the original comic books, what you get is 130 pages of cultural history (using actual history as the background for suspense and action). More titles will follow. This blog has a detailed interview with Ian Kennedy from 2004 archived in August 2012, so you can visit that should you want to dive deeper into this scene (and Commando/Kennedy in particular).

(My shot of said book)

Rolf Gohs Is Gone

Posted: September 25, 2020 in Comics, Cool stuff

I was not aware that Swedish artist Rolf Gohs had passed away (he was born in Estonia but came here during WWII as a youngster). I only picked up on this when the Swedish comic book Fantomen (The Phantom) published issue 20 with one of his classic cover artworks as they rightfully highlighted his career. Rolf had countless covers between 1957 and 2012 for this publication and also produced his own comics. For a guy like me, his work is part of my cultural DNA. I think this cover kind os speaks for itself. He was a tremendous talent.

(My shot of Fantomen 20 2020)

Bought UK publication NEO (issue 200) to see what they are up to. They cover Anime, Asian film, Music, Cosplay, Manga etc. I did spot an interesting ad from a UK based record label called JPU Records that specializes in Japanese music and I recognised the artist whom turned out to be Isana Kagami (much beloved Babymetal & Band-Maid t-shirt wizard). Turns out you can buy some really cool designs from this artist from the JPU Records site along with releases from a lot of bands including Lovebites, Aldious, Ladybaby, Fate, Band-Maid and PassCode (all mentioned earlier on this blog). I always said that it would be great if a label zoomed into Japanese stuff and here it is. As for the magazine, I can see why people would buy this title to get access to some of the latest news and happenings from Asia.

(My shot of the last spread in the NEO 200 issue, highlighting the art by Isana Kagami and JPU Records)

Celebrating Beetle Bailey

Posted: September 20, 2020 in Comics, Cool stuff

Beetle Bailey is still going strong in Scandinavia. As the comic celebrates its 70th Anniversary, it has also had its own comic book Knasen in Sweden for 50 years. To make a point they have made a “Back To The Future” inspired cover for this issue (16/17 2020), with an actual adventure inside (written by Sam Klein). I still buy a copy of this comic book every now and then, if it has a good cover (and this certainly qualifies and goes into the old collection). 120 pages of nostalgia.

(My shot of said cover)

Commando 5367-5370

Posted: September 17, 2020 in Comics

Commando 5367-5370 is out today in the UK. Just search “Commando comics” should you want to subscribe.

(Covers courtesy of Commando)

Diana Rigg Is Gone

Posted: September 14, 2020 in Books, Comics, Cool stuff, Hobby, TV & Movies

Sad to hear that actress Diana Rigg has passed away. Her portayal of Emma Peel in the UK show The Avengers in the 1960s is classic television. Apparently, she had a role in Games Of Thrones in later years (still have not seen that). The Emma Peel character really is the stuff of legends. The fact that new books are constantly popping up speaks for itself. Recently, the Steed & Mrs Peel comic books from Boom! Studios has taken the whole thing into our era. Come to think of it, I need those seasons of The Avengers on DVD.

(My shot of some collectables in the old collection)

The Archie Library

Posted: September 7, 2020 in Comics, Cool stuff

I have a soft spot for classic Archie comics and it is nice to see that you can buy stuff on import. The Archie Library (1) has just been published. It will pop up twice a year. 200 pages of stuff from different eras in colour. I have also seen similar, thicker pocket sized 1,000 page editions. I actually quite like the pocket size, like so many old school comic books (similar to Commando etc). I bought this because I liked the format and there is nothing wrong with a bit of nostalgia every now and then.

(My shot of said comic book)

Commando 5363-5366

Posted: September 3, 2020 in Comics

Commando 5363-5366 is out today in the UK. Just search “Commando comics” should you want to subscribe.

(Covers courtesy of Commando)