Thursday 31 December 2009

An early Golden comic in the golden age the 30's..

Well here is my take on Golden comic..recieved from ebay today...
I like the limited colour of gold yellow it sure suits the name..
Love the Header of the comic the Beano to do this one day...the header takes the shape of the readers meeting the editor Sam Smiles!! Maybe Euan Kerr should of changed his name for The Beano to Euan Merry..The Dandy's previous Editor Morris Heggie to Morris Happy..the thirties comics were certainly a smiley time fro comics..

The cover strip is half good and half wooden to falls between two stools..the handsome character Lt Daring has no expression or fun like Jolly Roger...I think Scooby Doo though good had this problem as well..the adult characters don't have has much personality unlike the cartooney Scooby..If the characters were drawn in a Flintstone style it would work even better.

Reg Perrott
This strip needs more pictures it would work even better as a two pager..

UPDATE artist name Fred Robinson thanks to Lew Stringer for info..

I liked this strip..wished the comic had more cartoon strips like this and the cover..I like the ending of the Monkey driver capturing the animal Bear..

Secretly Smugglers Castle by Arthur Mansbridge

Both good stories.

Love the well drawn Windmill in Little Brother some great shading.

Secretly Smugglers Castle is also good..though not so much expression..the mystrious Monk at the end is a nice cliffhanger..

The rest of the comic are text stories which are not for sure liked to read then..

Would I buy another Golden comic..the answer is needed more humour pages...Getting Tip-Top soon hopefully with more humour pages..

See Lews take on Golden comic here..Great minds think alike :))

If i got any artists wrong let me know..
Thanks to Lew for giving me the artists names from his blog post..
The Header of Golden comic changes at Christmas..shame the header doesn't change every week like other comics with Roy Wilson art on co0ver..

We are due another Golden age..lets hope the Tennies will be that:)
Happy New Year..amazing I've had nearly 40000 views from May 2009 that is great news..shows how comics are still important to people even today..
Also the blog is nearly two years old..nearly run out of space!! will have to move blog post topics to another blog I have...probably the Buster front covers..Jackpot..Krazy I'll move to make some space..will keep yuo posted..heres to 2010..

Monday 28 December 2009

'Casey Court' for Chips by Julius Stafford Baker 1914/15 examples

This is the one that started off the poster action fun comic page..

Illustrated Chips 20th Nov 1915.

What is great about these fun panels is seeing the same setting and characters each week...especially that white bearded man with the pipe!

It really was a make-do and mend place..But what amazing inventions the kids made..

You can also see the poverty of the way they dress and the scruffiness of the place..though they are very cheerful.

Illustrated Chips 28th Feb 1914.

It inspired other artists like Leo Baxendale who did busy pictures like the Banana Bunch...

..................................................................................... Albert Pease known as Charlie drew the later version of 'Casey Court' for Chips.
See more of Albert's work here..

UPDATE thanks Lew Stringer for the help in artists names

Wednesday 23 December 2009

The Steve Bright comic!!

Ken Harrison?
Might be the only page not by Steve? UPDATE it is by Steve see comment by Lew below.though Steve is good at ghosting other could be wrong..

When I saw this comic as a kid...I rememeber it well..this comic was different a continuous story throughout. I thought how nice all the artists got together to draw a page each with there own characters...later talking to Steve Bright he said he drew it it fooled me..

Steve also said he wasn't allowed to sign his work at that time But sneaked it in also the writers name..which I can't find as it is so small and hidden.

So this was really a Steve Bright comic..

Happy Christmas and Happy New Year

My New Years Resolution is to do at least 10 posts a Month..

Working on a Children's book at the moment with my cartoons and keeping busy..

Friday 18 December 2009

UPDATE-George Wakefield's comic work in Film Fun

All from 1938 Sept 24th Film Fun.

George sure drew a lot of characters for the comic. As a guess some may of been reprints..
After seeing Reg Parlett and Dudley D Watkins comic work you sure can notice the fact George didn't vary the characters much or the backgrounds. Still fun to look at.

The Laurel and Hardy one has one of the oldest jokes ever...
I hold the nail when I nod my head you hit it! says Hardy to Laurel....this gag must of been old even then..:))

A few more details for you Peter
Joe E (Evans) Brown (1892-1973) was a circus acrobat and semi-pro baseball player before he took to the vaudeville stage in the 1920's. His film career for the most part saw him appear as a wise-cracking basically nice guy 'working the angles' in many low-budget B movies. Ironically he is now best remembered for his role in 'Some Like it Hot', made well after his original film career had ended.
Brendan is mistaken in his reference to Frank Sinatra having played him in a biopic though. Brendan is confusing Joe E Brown with another comedian with a very similar name Joe E Lewis who Frank Sinatra played in the biopic 'The Joker is Wild' in 1957.
Wheeler and Woolsey were a comedy double act from the USA who were first placed together by Florenz Ziegfield in his 1929 revue Rio Rita. Bert Wheeler was the rather child-like half of the team while Robert Woolsey was the slick-haired, cigar-chewing 'boss' of the partnership. Sadly this partnership, which was very effective in the films they made in the period 1930-1937, was cut short by the illness which resulted in Robert Woolsey becoming bed-ridden in 1937 and remaining so until his death fourteen months later in Oct 1938.
Thanks Kashgar

Thursday 17 December 2009

Hooray for Harold Lloyd!! a pair of glasses and a smile..

Film Fun Sept 24th 1938.
UPDATE- George Wakefield

Harolds face is a bit frozen like a mask as the gag of walking through fire and water..

I love Harold's films especially the stunts also they still make me laugh out loud today. I watch the films from a recent dvd boxset from HMV with my best friend Richard. I highly recommend you try a Harold Lloyd film.

Tuesday 15 December 2009

Buster's The Bully Buzzard by ....Reg Parlett

Buster and Cor!! 23rd November 1974.

Heres a new Reg Parlett comic page I've found!!
Its not listed on the Buster website and it says the artist is unknown.
Well it is obvious its by Reg.

As a guess this comic page is a reprint from a earlier comic and may have been called a different name...can anyone help me with the info..

You can see Snooper in one of the had to spot him hiding on one of the comic pages. A bit like Where's Wally in Big Comic of the 80's.

I love the panel of the Buzzard yelling rght through the bears ears..

More info on George Parlett can be found at the comicsuk forum..

Sunday 13 December 2009

UPDATE Jolly Jingles or Potty Poems by the brother of Reg Parlett -George Parlett

Searching through Buster comics look for Reg Parlett gems I found one...then looked it up at Buster website and found it was by George Parlett.
Potty Poem
Launched: 24th August 1968

Ended: 1st March 1969

Comic Launched In: Buster

Other Comics: Reprints of Jolly Jingles from Jingles

Artwork: the brother of Reg- George Parlett

A very witty Poem... I like the sleeping with his feet in his mouth..

George created the strip 'Basil and Bert', which appeared in Jester. Early 1939.

From comicsuk forum-

George Parlett was born in 1902 and died in 1981.
His two most famous strips for the AP were probably Basil and Bert (Jester 1932-1940) which he took over from the Don Newhouse/Roy Wilson art team and Peggy - Pride of the Force (Larks) which he took over from his brother Reg. George was renowned for his ability to draw pretty girls like PC Peggy and this to a large extent would inform those strips that would take up the latter part of his career as a light adventure strip artist working mainly for the D C Thomson girls papers.( In fact he would draw a strip called Peggy the Police Girl for Mandy) Other Thomson girls paper strips included A Bed called Fred and Lydia and the Little People for Bunty and Queen Irena for Debbie. ( He also occasionally drew for Victor eg Kenny Carter's Kayo Kids)
In the late 1940's and 1950's he worked for a number of publishers most notably on Miller's Young Marvelman title.
In the late 1950's he did try to amalgamate his straight/comic style on occasion with one example being his stint on the Harry Secombe strip in Film Fun. But some of his best comic work, in my eyes at least, was that done for the Radio Fun comic feature pages Radio Fun Music Hall and In Town Tonight in the 1940's
His comic style lacked the fluidity of that of his brother Reg and his stronger line had more in keeping with the work of Charlie Pease but this was no bad thing in my opinion.
One interesting quirk that George Parlett did have was that he would often draw himself into his own comic strips as a subsidiary character. The giveaway being his mop of curly blonde hair which, very early on in his comic career, had earned him the nickname "Froth" around the AP editorial offices. thanks to Kashgar

Reg Parlett's Buster's Shorty the Sheriff

Buster 20th March 1976.

Shorty The Sheriff
Launched: 6th September 1975

Ended: 13th March 1976

Comic Launched In: Buster

Other Comics: Reprints from Valiant (itself a reprint of Shorty the Deputy Sheriff from Comet)

Artwork: Reg Parlett

its always nice to see a Reg Parlett comic page that you havn't seen before..

Again Reg is great at drawing objects in different the straight on pose of the wheelbarrow..

Saturday 12 December 2009

Reg Parlett's Buster's The Ghostly Leg

Buster and Monster Fun 29th April 1978.

Keeping to the Buster theme..

Here a Reg Parlett short lived strip..
I wonder if there was an origin story to this character..
quite an odd strip..But I like it..

Sunday 6 December 2009

Nosey Parker should have won the contest!!!

Part of Buster comics big year in 1981 -21 years Birthday.
This was a contest to create a comic character.
The results were shown in Jan 1982.

I don't have the first one
(can anyone tell me the character's name..
or send a JPEG Scan to my email

Later on Steve Bright drew another Wonder baby...Prambo in the mid 80's.

I like Rob Lee's drawings very much.. Robert Nixon and Trevor Metcalfe had a fun slightly similar style as well.

Funny how the character Nosey Parker was used in Whizzer and chips by Barry Glennard
(draws Numbskulls in todays Beano)
Nosey Parker came out in 1982!!

So the runner up Feargal Weatherhead of Tullamore should have won the contest.

Unless the first contest winner in Jan 2nd 1982 Buster comic proves me wrong and that character was also used in a Fleetway comic.

It is interesting anyway..

Gramma corrected thanks to Linda Bodice.
Well I did get a D in English in GCSE..:(

Friday 4 December 2009

A lovely comic twist!

Buster 25th April 1981.

This really surprised me that ending..its funny how you can do anything in a comic But its normally avoided or only in a fantasy comic page..
Its good to break the forth wall sometimes...
Also love Zed in that box!

Looking forward to the Best of Buster on Wednesday..I shouldn't really be this excited..hopefully this will lead to more comic reprints from Egmont. I loved Big comic and Funny Fortnightly in the 80's...Bring it back for a new generation.

Tuesday 1 December 2009

Topper comic's Jiffy and the Glyphs by George Martin

1972 Topper Book

I don't have the next part sorry...But I'm sure that piece of wallpaper will be a guess..

Its nice these adventure humour strips which continue issue to issue.
George Martin is great at this..

Thursday 26 November 2009

Lumbering Jack the 142 years old Policeman

Andrew Christine

For Peter and ISpy here are the first two full episodes of Lumbering Jack shown just as they appeared in Topper no's 902 and 903 (May 16th & 23rd 1970), followed by the final panels of the last-ever episode from no. 911 (July 18th). Amazingly enough it only lasted for ten issues!

Incidentally, according to Ray the version of Jack in the 1972 Annual was indeed drawn by John Dallas.

It's interesting to note that Lumbering Jack was relatively unusual for a British humour strip in that it featured a vague plotline which actually developed from week to week with a beginning, middle and end. As such it probably had more in common with the traditional adventure strip than a series such as 'Dennis the Menace' where the same dance of Hubris/Nemesis is enacted over and over again every week, with few developments beyond the occasional acquisition of a dog or a sister.

Phil Rushton

Thanks Phil Rushton from comicsuk forum

John Dallas version in the 1972 Topper Book.

This strip was quite strong stuff...lots of hitting and smacking no wonder it didn't last long.