Friday, March 01, 2013
Comic Cuts - 1 March 2013
I'm still hopeful that I'll get the next Bear Alley book out in March but it will be tight. As regular readers will recall, I spent January working on one book and had to give that up ... no, let me rephrase that... I chose to stop working on it to give us more research time due to an unforeseen problem. I switched to working on the Ranger book in February and, whilst it is coming along nicely – the index aspects of the book have a few tweaks to go through but are essentially done, I've scanned and cleaned up quite a lot of pictures, most of the introduction is now written – I still need to knuckle down and get it finished.
I'll make that my new month's resolution.
Our column header is another example of original Ranger artwork and partly re-set text that I'm using in the book to make it as good-looking as I possibly can. I'm also spending a lot of time on other pages, bringing them up to scratch, which is why the book is taking so long.
Now that I've got that off my chest, let's be a little more positive. The new version of STRIP is reviving the old D. C. Thomson character King Cobra. I never was a big reader of Hotspur and the character arrived in 1976, just as I was switching my allegiance from comics to books. In 1976 the only comic I read was Action.
So I don't know much about King Cobra, only what I have been able to glean since. The Ron Smith artwork looks great, so it will be interesting to see what newcomer Wamberto Nicomedes makes of the character. I know llittle about the artist except that he comes from Recife, in the Brazilian province of Pernambuco, and has been a writer and illustrator for Brazilian magazines since 1989; he also illustrates stories for young children. Here are the opening pages from the new King Cobra...
I've also found an awful lot of Agatha Christie short stories to read (or re-read in a lot of cases).
To end with, a couple of genuine pulp adventures sent over by Morgan Wallace. The Drayton cover is by Len Gard. The Anita Loos is someone's attempt at Marilyn, I suspect. Maybe Gard again.
Next week it's Lesley Shane. We must be getting towards the end of this adventure. I hope you've all been enjoying it.