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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Rebellion releases (2000AD)

Rebellion releases for 17 July 2019.

2000AD Prog 2140
Cover: Simon Davis
JUDGE DREDD: THE SAMARITAN by Kenneth Niemand (w) Staz Johnson (a) Chris Blythe (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
INDIGO PRIME: FALL OF THE HOUSE OF VISTA by Kek-W (w) Lee Carter (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
ANDERSON, PSI-DIVISION: MARTYRS by Emma Beeby (w) Aneke (a) Barbara Nosenzo (c) Simon Bowland (l)
ABSALOM: TERMINAL DIAGNOSIS by Gordon Rennie (w) Tiernen Trevallion (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
THISTLEBONE by TC Eglington (w) Simon Davis (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)

Judge Dredd Megazine 410
Cover: Mike Dowling
JUDGE DREDD: RED QUEEN'S GAMBIT by Arthur Wyatt (w) Jake Lynch (a) John Charles (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
DEMARCO, P.I. by :aura Bailey (w) Paul Williams (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
DIAMOND DOGS by James Peaty (w) Warren Pleece (a) Simon Bowland (l)
THE RETURNERS: CHANDU by Si Spencer (w) Nicolo Assirelli (a) Eva De La Cruz (c) Simon Bowland (l)
ANDERSON, PSI-DIV by Maura McHugh (w) Patrick Goddard (a) Pippa Mather (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Features: Interviews with Aneke, Erica Schultz, Brian Corcoran, Maura McHugh, Ollie Masters; Four-Colour Classics: Speed
Bagged reprint: Psi-Judge Anderson: The Candidate

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Private Eye cartoon strips (9)

More cartoon strips from Private Eye.

Trumpton by Nev Fountain & Tom Jamieson and Henry Davies
Started #1408 (19 Dec/7 Jan 2016). Ends 1411 (5 Feb/18 Feb 2016). Returned #1424 (5 Aug/18 Aug 2016) to #1435 (13 Jan/26 Jan 2017).

Gogglebollox by Goddard
Began in issue #1410 (22 Jan/4 Feb 2016) and ended #1437 (10 Feb/23 Feb 2017).

Dacres Acres by Farmer Healey [Lee Healey]
One-off. #1417 (29 Apr/12 May 2016).

The Simon Cowell Children's Book by William Sutcliffe & Henry Davies
One-off. #1420 (10 Jun/23 Jun 2016).

Focus on Lies – The Brexiteers
Photo-strip. Ran from #1422 (8 Jul/21 Jul 2016) to #1426 (2 Sep/15 Sep 2016).

Focus on Fact – The Nasty Party
Photo-strip. Ran from #1447 (30 Jun/13 Jul 2017) to #1461 (12 Jan/25 Jan 2018).

Russian Dolls by Paul Wood
One-off replacement for Premiersh*ts. Appeared #1454 (6 Oct/19 Oct 2017).

Focus on Fact – The Right ot be Forgotten
Photo-strip. One-off in #1465 (9 Mar/20 Mar 2018).

Private Eye cartoon strips (8)

More cartoon strips from Private Eye.

PLPnuts by Nev Fountain & Tom Jamieson and Henry Davies
#1393 (29 May/11 Jun 2015).

Andy Capp-in-Ring by Nev Fountain & Tom Jamieson and Henry Davies
#1394 (12 Jun/25 Jun 2015). #1401 (18 Sep/1 Oct 2015) entitled Andy Crapp. One-off return, #1425 (19 Aug/1 Sep 2016).

Focus on Fact – The New Old Left
Photo strip. Began #1402 (2 Oct/15 Oct 2015) and ended #1446 (16 Jun/29 Jun 2017).

Return of the Jezi by Henry Davies
One-off strip. #1402 (2 Oct/15 Oct 2015).

Mr Benn by Nev Fountain & Tom Jamieson and Henry Davies
#1407 (11 Dec/18 Dec 2015).

Private Eye cartoon strips (7)

More comic strip from Private Eye.

The World C***s by Paul Wood
Briefly replaced The Premiersh*ts between #1368 (13 Jun/26 Jun 2014) to #1370 (11 Jul/24 Jul 2014).

The Kippers by Simon Wass
UKIP lunacy. Began #1377 (17 Oct/30 Oct 2014) to 1382 (20 Dec/8 Jan 2015).

Camberwick Greenbelt by Farmer Healey [Lee Healey]
First appeared #1383 (9 Jan/22 Jan 2015); regular from 1390 (17 Apr/30 Apr 2015). Last in #1405 (13 Nov/26 Nov 2016). Appeared occasionally thereafter: #1437 (10 Feb/23 Feb 2017), #1440 (24 Mar/6 Apr 2017), #1443 (5 May/18 May 2017), #1449 (28 Jul/10 Aug 2017), #1450 (11 Aug/24 Aug 2017).

Life in Lord Ashcroft's Key Marginal Constituencies by Farmer Healey [Lee Healey]
#1386 (20 Feb/6 Mar 2015).

Monday, July 15, 2019

Private Eye cartoon strips (6)

More comic strips from Private Eye.

Scene & Heard by David Ziggy Greene
Overheard conversations at various locations. Regular since #1303 (9 Dec/22 Dec 2011).

Dirty Des by RGJ [Richard Jolley]
The cartoon adventures of Richard Desmond, then owner of the Daily Express group of papers. Ran briefly from #1306 (27 Jan/9 Feb 2012) to #1308 (24 Feb/8 Mar 2012). Appeared in #1323 (

The Egos by Paul Wood
Briefly replaced The Permiersh*ts in #1315 (1 Jun/14 Jun 2012) and #1316 (15 Jun/28 Jun 2012). Returned #1420 (10 Jun/23 Jun 2016).

Football – The Ed Balls Way
Photo strip. Appeared in #1324 (5 Oct/18 Oct 2012)

Private Eye cartoon strips (5)

More cartoon strips from Private Eye.

Snipcock & Tweed by Nick Newman
Desperately seeking a best-seller in the world of book publishing. The longest-running strip currently in Private Eye having started some time in the early 1980s.

Celeb by Ligger [Charles Peattie & Mark Warren]
The life of celebrity rocker Gary Bloke has been appearing since 1987.

Desperate Business by Jon Link & Mick Bunnage / Modern Toss
Usually a single-panel cartoon, but occasionally a strip, e.g. 1295 (19 Aug/1 Sep 2011).

Private Eye comic strips (4)

More comic strips from the pages of Private Eye.

Young British Artists by Andrew Birch
Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, and others of the art movement that began in the late 1980s. Young British Artists, began in 2000 to coincide with the opening of Tate Modern.

The Premiersh*ts by Paul Wood
Overpaid, oversexed and overpriviledged… premier league footballers. A regular since 2002.

Yobs by Tony Husband
First appeared in in around 1990. Sometimes the title is changed to Yobettes.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Private Eye strip cartoons (0)

Back in April last year, I dumped a 14 inch-high pile of magazines that had accumulated since not long after we moved house back in 2010. I had disposed of hundreds of copies before we moved and had been quite good at reading and recycling for a couple of months before copies started to pile up again.

The magazine is Private Eye, of which I've been a reader for over 20 years. Back in April 2018 I was determined to have a regular cull, but before they went out I scanned some examples of all the regular comic strips, so, over the next few days I'll be posting strips from the recent past with a few notes about them where I can find information.

Currently in the shops is Private Eye's 1,500th issue. Lurking in a box I found an earlier celebratory issue, the 1,000th dated 21 April 2000, which I've added to our column header.

For ease of loading I've broken the strips down into small groups. The numbers of the post title doesn't signify anything... it just makes it easier for me to locate should I have an opportunity to add anything in the future.

On with the show...

Private Eye strip cartoons (1)

The first issue I have to hand is #1275, dated 12 November–25 November 2010. Price £1.50. By coincidence, the “New Boys and Girls” column features one Jacob Rees-Mogg. It’s interesting to note, given the recent D.C. Thomson “cease and desist” letter sent to Rees-Mogg about him being the spitting image of Walter the Softy, Private Eye compares him to another Beano regular, Cuthbert Cringeworthy from the Bash Street Kids.

iBores by Patrick Blower (???? (2010?)-1279 (7 Jan/20 Jan 2011))
Strip featuring boorish Apple snobs.I believe this began in 2010 and ran only for a few months.

Supermodels by Neil Kerber (????-
Stick-figure fun set in the world of Kate Moss et al. Has been running for over 20 years.

More to follow.

Private Eye cartoon strips (2)

More comic strips from the pages of Private Eye.
Dig For Libtory by Nev Fountain & Tom Jamieson [art by Henry Davies]
Follow-up to "The Broonites", which also took "The Broons" as its inspiration. Ended in #1275 (11 Nov/25 Nov 2010).

The Adventures of Mr Milibean by Nev Fountain & Tom Jamieson [art by Henry Davies]
Ed Miliband as Mr Bean. Artist Henry Davies had previously drawn The Broonites and Dig For Libtory, as well as The Beano. Ended #1392 (15 May/28 May 2015).

Dave Snooty and His New Pals by Ian Hislop & Nick Newman
A Beano-inspired strip featuring David Cameron as Lord Snooty. Ended #1422 (8 Jul/21 Jul 2016).

Beano Boris
Replaced Dave Snooty in issue #1325 (19 Oct/1 Nov 2012)

Sam Snooty
Replaced Dave Snooty in issue #1399 (21 Aug/3 Sep 2015)

More to follow.

Private Eye cartoon strips (3) It's Grim Up North London

More strips from the pages of Private Eye.

It’s Grim Up North London by Knife [Duncan McCoshan] & Jem Packer
Two smug, ultra-sophisticated hipsters living in North London. Began in 1999 and the search through coffee shops for the next hip trend continues to this day. The regular strip occasionally veers off to go glamping (e.g. Grimstock 1292-1295) and has celebrated Christmas in various ways (e.g. Grim Snowman 1277-1279, Grim Night Before Christmas 1303-1304)

More to follow.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Stephen John cover gallery

Stephen John was the pen-name of John Stevenson (1930-2015), used on the seven-volume Albert Divine series of erotic comedy novels. I have six, and they make for a tasteful gallery.

I Like It That Way (New York, Berkley, 1969; London, Wingate, Sep 1970)
Tandem 426-05696-5, 1971, 254pp, 35p. Cover: photo

How About This Way? (New York, Berkley, 1970)
Tandem 426-16090-3, 1971, 219pp, 35p. Cover: photo

Any Way You Like It.
Tandem 426-07069-0, 1972, 239pp, 35p. Cover: photo

This Way Please!.
Tandem 12108-2, 1973, 255pp, 35p. Cover photo
---- [2nd imp.] Oct 1974, 40p.

Coming My Way?.
Tandem 426-15763-X, 1974, 255pp, 40p.

Have It Your Way.
Tandem 426-15093-7, 1975, 244oom 45p.

What a Way to Go!.
Star, 1976.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Comic Cuts - 12 July 2019

With the bulk of the work now done on the book I have been working on – for a change one that I've not been involved in writing, only in publishing – I've been putting up more books and magazines on Ebay. I've tried to keep it varied: I put up some old TV tie-ins on Monday; spent Tuesday working on the book; put up a bunch of random books, ranging from Mars Attacks! tie-ins to biographies of Jack Kerouac and Jonathan Swift, on Wednesday; for Thursday it was old comic book price guides and various Asian cinema magazines; and today, if all goes to plan, I'll  be posting a few more horror magazines, including a run of Marvel UK's Hammer magazine.

I'll have to be a bit careful. I posted some book covers on Thursday of titles that I was selling through Ebay and within a few minutes received a warning that the post violated Facebook's community standards and I had to agree to take it down. The reason was a visible nipple on the cover of one of the books. While I'm for the most part anti-censorship this is not the hill I choose to die on, so I didn't even argue. However, you'll be able to see the offending cover in tomorrow's Stephen John cover gallery.

Something I was thinking about during the week was Krypton, which I was a little dismissive of back in July 2018 when I watched the first season:
It's another series where supposedly brilliant people and military leaders react to everything as if they were teenagers so that the teenage audience can understand their actions. Krypton is home to a lot of good-looking British and Irish actors and has a lot of winding corridors and winding streets and winding tunnels. Also, everyone loves Seg-El, grandfather-to-be of Superman: Daron-Vex (who crushed the El family) wants him to marry his daughter; top Kryptonian military warrior Lyta-Zod wants to marry him; Nyssa Vex wants his baby; others fall in line whenever he has a plan. Mind you, I think at some point or other, every one of his friends has either pulled a gun on him or somehow betrayed him.
I was wondering whether to bother with the second season and checked in with Rotten Tomatoes, which had a 100% approval rating. The first season only managed 61%. Is the second season such a massive improvement?

I suspect not. I suspect what has happened is that a number of critics who took against the show in its first season cannot be bothered to watch and rate the second season. At the same time, people who liked the show are more likely to be back to watch season two and they have also replaced the critical critics. In other words, over the first few episodes of the second season – and I think TV reviewers generally get to see the first two episodes ahead of broadcast – the critical audience for it is friendlier towards it. As episodes are broadcast, you will see other critics begin to look at the show and the initial numbers may start to fall.

This isn't an isolated case – I've seen other second season shows initially earn a 100% brilliant rating only to subsequently fall away. In the case of Krypton, I might keep an eye on it and, should the elevated ratings stick, I'll give it a chance. There's just too much else to watch at the moment.

I have a teetering pile of DVDs that I've picked up but not had time to watch. I made a tiny impact by watching the third season of Falling Skies, the Steven Spielberg produced TV series from a few years ago. It's a typical post-alien invasion yarn, with a once nomadic group now settled in Charleston and taking the battle to the invaders thanks to the aid of a few Skitter rebels and a second alien race, the Volm, who are enemies of the first alien race.

With only 10 episodes, the storyline didn't outstay its welcome and packed in a lot of plotlines. Hal (Drew Roy), the son of leader Tom Mason (Noah Whyle), coming under the control of alien-aider Karen (Jessy Schram), and believing he is the spy leaking information to the enemy and responsible for the death of Arthur Manchester (Terry O'Quinn), tasked with finding the spy. Mason's girlfriend, Dr. Anne Glass (Moon Bloodgood) gives birth, quickly discovering the baby is more than human; she disappears with the human-alien hybrid. The President has survived and meets with Mason and the Volm ambassador, Cochise, but their aircraft is destroyed and all are thought lost. At the same time, there are still questions about the motivation of the Volm, who are building a weapon that might save humanity, or might be used to enslave them once their enemy, the Espheni, are destroyed.

Good news (for me) is that the series does come to a conclusion at the end of season five... I've another twenty two episodes to go, although quite when I'll get to them I have no idea. I quite fancy watching a thriller and I have plenty to choose from.