Friday, December 04, 2009

Comic Cuts: 4 December 2009

It has been a long day so this will be a very brief column.

Egmont have their fourth and final (for this year) special out very shortly, gathering together some choice pages from Buster. The Buster Souvenir Special will only be available from W. H. Smiths and should arrive next Wednesday. Above you'll see the front and rear covers which will give you an idea of some of the characters included.

The ever-excellent Jeff Hawke's Cosmos has just been published, its 84 pages featuring three complete stories ('Faery Land Forlorn' (1964), 'The Engine That Worked On Grass' (1967) and 'Rogue Star' (1968-69), all written by the marvelous Willie Patterson and superbly drawn by Syd Jordan. Also featured are Duncan Lunan's story notes and a couple of articles featuring Rick Random and the little-known 'Time and Ms. Jones' strip from the Sunday Times.

Subscriptions cost £20 (or £30 overseas), cheques payable to Jeff Hawke Club, which you should send along with an SAE to The Jeff Hawke CLub, 6 The Close, Alwoodley, Leeds LS17 7RD. Further information can be found at the Jeff Hawke website, which has undergone a bit of a revamp since the last time I visited.

Since publishing the recently released and upcoming releases columns a couple of days ago (scroll down if you want to see them), I've been able to confirm that both Century 21 Vol. 3: Escape from Aquatraz, edited by Chris Bentley for Reynolds & Hearn, and Dan Dare: Safari in Space from Titan Books have been published and Amazon are now shipping copies. Follow the links for your copies... you won't be disappointed.

And that's it... I'm crawling off to bed. Explanations of why I'm so knackered will have to wait for another day.

(* Out column header is a colour page of Robot Archie and, as I'm not thinking straight at the moment, I couldn't tell you where it comes from. A Lion Annual, probably. I photographed this ages ago, thinking it would make a nice filler should I need one. Well, now's the time. Robot Archie is © IPC Media.)


  1. Hi Steve

    I think that Robot Archie page was coloured for an issue of Vulcan -- certainly the '190 mm'notation at the foot of the page seems about the right size for Vulcan.

    David Simpson

  2. Hi Steve.
    Do you have any information about Ted Kearon?

  3. Hi Crow,

    Not a huge amount. The earliest credit I have for him is from 1953 ("Chums of Coral Island" in Robin) after which he worked steadily for Fleetway and D. C. Thomson, most famously on "Robot Archie", which he drew for 14 years. Is said to have emigrated to Australia after retiring, and all trace of him is lost after that point.



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