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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Rebellion Releases (2000AD)

Rebellion Publishing releases for 31 July 2019.

2000AD Prog 2142
Cover: Adam Brown

JUDGE DREDD:  CONTROL by Rob Williams (w) Chris Weston (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)

Operation Overlord #3
Cover: Davide Fabbri

1944, Bulford Camp has a faithfully constructed replica of the Merville gun battery, a strategic D-Day objective. This German artillery piece threatens Sword Beach and must at all costs be dismantled to facilitate the landing of Allied forces on the beaches of Normandy. Adrien Bellefontaine, a Canadian artist, is part of the paratrooper unit who must protect the left flank of the battalion taking the battery and this is his story.
     The third volume of Editions Glénat’s best-selling four book D-Day saga!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Commando 5247-5250

Brand new issues 5247-5250 on sale Thursday, 25 July! Featuring firemen on the Home Front, French pilots of the Free French Forces, an underaged murder suspect, and the German invasion of Crete!

5247: Vichy Vendetta

Two French pilots caught on opposite sides of the war! When French airfields are overrun by Nazi invaders, Alain Broussard immediately defects to the Free French Forces rather than fight for the Germans. But his young protégé, Yves Fernier, panics, unsure of what path to take: Will he follow in his mentor’s footsteps and join the Allies or stick with his bloodthirsty Vichy commander?

Story: Steve Taylor
Art: Muller & Klacik
Cover: Ian Kennedy

5248: Boy Hero

An orphanage… A murder… And a case of mistaken identity! All in Eric Hebden’s Boy Hero! When a deadly accident in the orphanage causes sixteen year old Mike Ryan to flee — he’s quickly swept up into the army. But can he keep his secret from being exposed — and stay alive in the process?

Story: E Hebden
Art: CT Rigby
Cover: Penalva:
Originally Commando No. 710 (1973).

5249: Crisis on Crete

Sergeant Jack Preston wants nothing more than to be on the front lines and in the thick of the action. But as a member of the Royal Corps of Signals, he’s worried he’ll always be stuck at headquarters, manning the radio. That is until Crete is overrun by fierce Fallschirmjager and Preston gets his chance to join a tough crew of a Bedford Lorry fitted with a radio for scouting missions. Now the hapless Sergeant doesn’t quite know what he’s let himself in for!

Story: Ferg Handley
Art: Vicente Alcazar
Cover: Graeme Neil Reid

5250: Front-Line Fireman

For young David Ross of the Auxiliary Fire Service, being a fireman in the autumn of 1940 was a difficult enough job what with the daily and nightly blitz from Hitler’s air force. But things were about to get a lot worse when David began noticing that the fires in some factories were coming from the ground rather than the air. David soon suspects they have an arsonist on their hands, one with nefarious Nazi links…

Story: Burden
Art: Gordon C Livingstone
Cover: Gordon C Livingstone
Originally Commando No. 2865 (1995).

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Rebellion Releases (2000AD)

Rebellion releases for 24–25 July 2019.

2000AD Prog 2141
Cover: Chris Weston
JUDGE DREDD:  CONTROL by Rob Williams (w) Chris Weston (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)

Leo Baxendale's Sweeny Toddler
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781-08726-8, 25 July 2019, 112pp, £14.99. Available via Amazon.
Sweeny Toddler was Leo Baxendale’s greatest creation for IPC – a two-year-old terror who manages to cause mayhem from beyond his pram and cot! This collection bring together all of Baxendale’s Sweeny Toddler strips from Shiver and Shake and Whoopee, with an introduction from Martin Baxendale. One of the most highly-regarded cartoonists in British comics, Baxendale has been responsible for creating many beloved classic strips, including Minnie the Minx and The Bash Street Kids. The edition includes six colour pages completely re-mastered from the original work and re-instated in this luxury format. Perfect for Beano and Dandy annual collectors, classic humour strip nostalgists, fans of Calvin and Hobbes, as well as previous Treasury humour titles Creepy Creations and Faceache! Includes six colour pages completely re-mastered from the original work and re-instated in this luxury format.

Roy of the Rovers: Best of the 1950s
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781-08717-6, 25 July 2019, 148pp, £19.99. Available via Amazon.
On September 11th 1954 a new weekly sports anthology comic called Tiger was launched in the UK. It’s lead strip, Roy of the Rovers – a story starring a young footballer called Roy Race who played for Melchester Rovers – quickly became a fan favourite. This incredible collection with never-before reprinted stories charts the early days of Roy’s association with Melchester Rovers, from the highs of signing for the club he supported as a boy to the lows of having his boots stolen before a big game! Experience the first decade of Melchester’s greatest soccer sensation in this glorious football action on and off the pitch!

Judge Dredd: Ghost Town by John Wagner, Alan Grant, etc.
Rebellion ISBN 978-1781-08725-1, 25 July 2019, 148pp, £6.99 / $9.99. Available via Amazon.
Mega-City One, 2135 AD. After the destruction wrought by the Chaos Bug with most of the city in ruins, a decimated Justice Department is struggling to cope. With disease, corruption, and looting rife, there are some that seek to take advantage of the city’s condition, including dangerous psychic, Algol Rey. Judge Dredd and Psi-Judge Anderson have survived, but after all the violence and horror, can they bring order back to a damaged city? Their limits as Judges are put to the test! Written by comics legends and Judge Dredd co-creators John Wagner and Alan Grant along with modern masters Rob Williams (Suicide Squad) and Ian Edginton (Brass Sun)! Part of the new 2000 AD Digest line – bringing classic storylines to a brand new audience, for a low price. Illustrated by Vertigo and Image comics master R.M. Guerra (Scalped, The Goddamned), Simon Coleby (Cla$$war), Dave Taylor (Doctor Who) and Michael Dowling (Death Sentence, Unfollow)

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.