Friday, December 21, 2012
Comic Cuts - 21 December 2012
It has become something of a tradition on long projects. Because I have difficulty finishing things – there's always one more thing that I can do or I can ask somebody about this or that – for many years I've reached a point where I stop shaving. I find beards scratchy and uncomfortable so the quicker I draw a line under a book, the sooner I get to shave again.
We're not talking Alan Moore-style beardage, but it did look untidy, so I cheated a little this time as we were off to visit friends on Monday and had a partial shave. Now I'm feeling nice and clean-shaven again.
I'm still on target for the book to come out mid-January so I'll start taking orders soon after New Year. I'm already working on the next one, a shorter one just to give myself a bit of a breather. However, I will need some scanning assistance, so if anyone has issues from late volume 1 and from volume 2 of Boys' World, a scanner and a bit of spare time, let me know. I especially need to know some of the contents from the December 1963 issues, volume 1 issues 46 and 49.
I've had my mind fixed so solidly on finishing off the Lion and getting the Boys' World started that I haven't really had much of a chance to relax. Thankfully we don't have any kids to worry about, so Christmas is a relatively easy affair ... after all, we've had fifty Christmases to practice. I finally came out some years ago and admitted that I didn't like parsnips and we're all a bit anti-brussel sprouts. My sister, Julie, prefers lamb to turkey, I rarely win when we pull crackers and my mum is usually the last of us to take off her paper hat. I will want to watch Doctor Who, Julie will want to watch Emmerdale on the other side. We compromise and watch Emmerdale. Families, eh? (I record Doctor Who for later.)
We have a good laugh at the Holland household. I hope you will be having as much fun as we do.
You can find a list of the majority of the back issues here. More details about the Jeff Hawke Club can be found here, but I'd suggest you contact the editor (william at williamrudling.co.uk) to get up to date info. about subscription costs in Europe and the rest of the world.
Random scans this week are from Morgan Wallace. Back in around 1949, Martin & Reid published a whole bunch of booklets under a variety of series imprints, including two western series, one under the byline Tex Carter, the other under the byline Buck Rogers. We have two of the latter on display here, both with cover by Nat Long. The series ran for at least seven issues; the Carter books ran even longer, to at least #15. If anyone has any of these, please let me know as I don't have a complete list of titles.
I'm also adding another Martin & Reid title, this one from my own collection. The cover is by K. Lade. George Stanley is an odd one. He was active in the 1930s until at least 1960 but very little is known about him. We did track down an address, 17 Middle Park Avenue, Eltham, Kent, and it's possible that he was really George Newsome, who was on the voter's register in 1947, but I have no way of confirming that. I wrote up what is known about Stanley here.
The last pic is a rarity. I don't have this and I'd love to read it as it's supposed to be utter rubbish. Occasionally it's good to read utter rubbish so you can appreciate the good stuff when you stumble onto it. Maybe that's why I'll watch Emmerdale at Christmas ... it makes watching Doctor Who all the sweeter!