Wednesday, February 07, 2024

Rebellion Releases - 7 February 2024

Collected in its entirety for the first time since it originally appeared in Wham! sixty years ago, Kelpie the Boy Wizard is an exciting, magical adventure illustrated by British Comics’ legend, John Burns.

In days of old, when King Arthur reigned over Britain, there was at royal Camelot an apprentice sorcerer by the name of Kelpie.

Together with his venerable master, the great and powerful Merlin, Kelpie uses his magic to protect the kingdom from evil doers including The Raven and the Weird Sisters of Doon!

First published sixty years ago by Odhams press in Wham!, the complete saga of Kelpie the Boy Wizard channels Arthurian legend through a Harry Potter filter, written by Ken Mennell and featuring the gorgeous black and white artwork of legendary British artist John Burns.

Stories included: 

  • Kelpie the Boy Wizard, originally printed in Wham!, 20th June 1964 – 29th June 1964 – 5th September 1964
  • The Beast with Seven Heads, originally printed in Wham!, 12th September 1964 – 20th February 1965
  • Kelpie strip, originally printed in Wham! Annual 1966

And now, this week's release...

2000AD Prog 2368

Cover: Simon Davis

JUDGE DREDD // A BETTER WORLD by Rob Williams & Arthur Wyatt (w) Henry Flint (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
THE ENGLISH ASTRONAUT by Paul Cornell (w) Laura Helsby (a) Matt Soffe (c) Jim Campbell (l)
FULL TILT BOOGIE // BOOK TWO by Alex de Campi (w) Eduardo Ocana (a) Eva De La Cruz (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
ENEMY EARTH // BOOK THREE by Cavan Scott (w) Luke Horsman (a) Simon Bowland (l)
THISTLEBONE // THE DULE TREE by T.C. Eglington (w) Simon Davis (a) Simon Bowland (l)


  1. Comment from Keith Chapman:

    What a pity Burns' death on December 29 means he probably never got to see or comment on this Rebellion release. And it can't be said that Kelpie was "seen through a Harry Potter filter". Kelpie preceded HP by some 30 years. So what a sauce on the part of the promo writer! Another point, very minor, is that the Kelpie story in the first Wham! Annual 1966 was written by Keith Chapman. But I don't know whether this was the only Kelpie yarn not to come from Ken Mennell. It was also two-colour, not just b&w. You can see it here: Click on the images to see it full readable size.

  2. Shame you chose not to publish my earlier comment. According to the Treasury website, Kelpie isn't due to be released for a few months yet. Your piece gives the impression that it's out now.

    1. Then you have my sympathies - I've had these same problems myself from time-to-time. Any chance you'll reprint your Power Pack book in the same format as your Countdown To TV Action book some time in the future? I'd certainly buy it.

    2. Yes, I'm planning to revise all of the old photocopied books at some point. Wham! is the title that's holding me up with regards The Power Pack as I never had copies (the original index was done mostly from the collection of a friend, the late John Allen-Clark, which I can no longer borrow.

    3. I can send you high-quality scans from my collection if you want. Just say what you need and if I've got it I'll scan it for you. I don't have every issue, but I have a lot of them.



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