Category Archives: COMICS

Marvel’s Empire Strikes Back First Issue

I was happy to add this first issue of Marvel’s The Empire Strikes Back from 1980. The UK copy came with a free sheet of Kraft Dairylea action transfers – which was unused and included with the issue I picked up.

Dagobah Bog Planet. Check out the odd-looking Yoda… what’s he pointing at? Why is Luke flying through the air with his back to us? Why so feisty Artoo, has the Dagobah bog water got into your circuits? And what are all those other weird images about? All becomes one with the Force when you take a look at the “How to use your Dairylea action transfers” page inside the comic…

The issue included a page upon which you could rub down your transfers onto a handy Dagobah Bog scene. You could then use ‘crayons’ to colour the rest of the scene. Our family was quite poor, but even we could afford fine-tipped felts. The cumbersome Crayola crayons we owned would surely have destroyed that page in seconds! And… I’m still trying to figure out where ‘flying Luke’ should go in the scene… Perhaps Yoda is ‘finger-Force-pointing’ at him and making him fly? Dammit, being an adult sucks, because I know I wouldn’t have hesitated to Crayola the crap out of that pic after rubbing off every last transfer image from the free sheet with a two-pence piece and sticking them wherever I chose. Take that adult comic collectors (including free gifts) 40 years later!!

Back page advert for Kraft Dairylea action transfers offer. Is the hunt on next for the bumper transfer pack?

Thanks for rubbing down transfers and spreading soft cheese with us! Until next time, mtfbwy! 🙂

Halloween countdown: 3

Question: When is the Doctor not the Doctor? Answer: When he’s a werelok!

Part 3 of 5. Introducing a selection of panels and the cover of Doctor Who Weekly, 7th May, 1980, Dogs of Doom by Pat Mills, John Wagner and Dave Gibbons.


1980 advert for the story The Dogs of Doom.

UK. TESB Weekly. 1980.

Thanks for time travelling with us! Look out for Halloween countdown number 2 coming soon…

Comic Book Mini Adverts

Introducing a selection of international mini adverts for comic books. These quarter-page and half-page ads were found between strips in the pages of popular 70s and 80s comics. Featuring publications for Human Fly, Buck Rogers, Star Trek, Zorro, Micronauts, Spider-Man, Superman, Tarzan,  Sesame Street, Planet of the Apes, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Space 1999, Humbot and 2000 AD.


France. 1980.

France. 1980.

France. 1980.

Denmark. 1980.

UK. 1978.

UK. 1984.

France. 1980.

France. 1980.

France. 1980.

France. 1980.

France. 1980.

UK. 1975.

UK. 1978.

UK.1984.

US. 1976.

France. 1979.

UK. 1980.

Modern vs Vintage

I was wondering how to present these ten modern paperworks I recently scanned – and I thought let’s see if I can twin them up with vintage counterparts. A sort of new versus old. Shiny versus retro. It took me a while to go through my archives looking for suitable matchups – especially anything vintage I might have with Spider-woman on it! Ultimately it was a fun exercise involving adverts and comic covers. Here are the results…  (click pics to go bigger)


Spider-woman. 2008 vs 1980.


Hulk. 2008 vs 1977.


Superman. 2013 vs 1979


Wrestling. 2008 vs 1989


G.I. Joe. 2009 vs 1988


2000 AD. 2017 vs 1988


Doctor Who. 2013 vs 1979


Playmobil. 2014 vs 1978


Lego. 2014 vs 1978


Iron Man. 2014 vs 1978

Thanks for looking 🙂

2000 AD Sci-Fi Special: posters, features and adverts

2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1996.

Aside from its regular weekly issues (known as PROGS), British comic publication 2000 AD also published summer special issues known as 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special. The comic was released each summer from 1978 up to 1996, and recently underwent a reboot by the current publishers. Typical issues contained new and reprinted stories, posters, fan art, film and book reviews, puzzles and fact files. I really like the Sci-Fi Specials and tend to regard them as ‘summer break’ versions of the UK hard back Annual which is traditionly published each Christmas, 2000 AD being no exception. I’m also a fan because the stories are complete and not serialised.

2000 AD Thrill-Power rating: a no nonsense ten out of ten!

Here are some selected scans.

Various artists from credits: Gibson, Fabry, Davis, Demarkus, Percival, Bisley, Smith, Kennedy, Rowley.

2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1981.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1981


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1986.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1987.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1986.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1996.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1996.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1996.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1985.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1983.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1984.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1980.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1994.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1994.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1994.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1980. Thargus Maximus.

Is there a cheap analyst out there?

1970s and 80s slightly unhinged comic covers

Is the world dangerous or mad? Or both? Do you continue to possess your own name? What’s that growing silently in the corner of your mind? And why so serious all of a sudden? Because nothing’s very funny anymore, and in case you didn’t notice we’re sinking slowly into the mire. Yes, but why so angry? So changeble? Because we’ve painted ourselves into a corner we can’t get out of, and have finally conquered ourselves. Ah, that would be the inherent human condition to destruct itself, yes? Yes. Now how much do I owe you?

Time to let off some steam with comic covers from the 1970s and 80s featuring characters, stories and themes whose worlds have come undone. Artwork by Kirby, Kubert, Alcala, Severin, Veitch, Trimpe, Sutton, Colan, Ordway, O’Neill and Dillon.

Please pay the therapy bill on the way out.

2000 AD. Sci-Fi Special. Cover by Steve Dillon. 1988.


Marvel 50th Premiere. Alice Cooper. Sutton and Austin. 1979.


Little Shop of Horrors. Cover by Gene Colan. 1986.


Batman Official Movie Adaption. Cover by Jerry Ordway. 1989.


Swamp Thing No.85. Cover by Tom Veitch. 1989.


The Mighty World of Marvel No.107. Cover by Herb Trimpe. 1974.


Weird War Tales No.25. Cover by Alfred P Alcala. 1974.


Kull No.19. Cover by Severin, 1976.


Claw the Unconquered No.11. Cover by Joe Kubert. 1978.


Marshal Law. Cover by Kevin O’Neill. 1988.