Friday, May 06, 2016
Comic Cuts - 6 May 2016
Gil was managing editor in charge of a busy roster titles, including 2000AD, Roy of the Rovers, Eagle, Buster and many others, and while for many this was a gloomy time as far as British comics was concerned—most of the comics of my youth had folded and sales of surviving titles were nowhere near their peak—it shouldn't be forgotten that Gil oversaw some major successes. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was one, the title at one point selling over a third of a million copies per issue. Gil was also in charge when Eagle was relaunched in 1982. The photo that heads this column dates back to that time, with – left to right – David Hunt, Barrie Tomlinson and Gil checking through artwork from the first issue. He also helped shepherd Judge Dredd Megazine, Crisis and Revolver into existence, and it was under his watch that Fleetway began returning artwork to artists. And it was Gil who held the tiller while Fleetway navigated the difficult waters of the Maxwell years and the sale of Fleetway to Gutenberghus.
Gil was always only a phonecall away when I was working on one or other of my books about comics. It's no coincidence that I picked Hurricane and Champion when I wanted to launch Bear Alley Books. Although he said his memory was poor, we still managed to identify a goodly number of writers from his days on Champion and he provided plenty of background detail, fleshing out the history of the paper, which he edited. I shall miss our cheery conversations.
They made short work of the job and were cleared up and away by 4.30 pm. I'm amazed at the job they did. The difference it has made to the light getting to the house is incredible.
Third down is #4 Tarzan at the Earth's Core, was based on the 1930 J. Allen St John Metropolitan Press dust jacket. #8 Tarzan and the Forbidden City is based on the John Coleman Burroughs dust jacket for the ERB Inc. 1938 first edition. And, finally, #10 Tarzan and the Leopard Men was another reprint, of J. Allen St John's ERB Inc. dust jacket from 1935.