Commando issues on sale 29th January 2015.
The jungle can be a hostile place, besides the strength-sapping heat and humidity, dangerous animals and plants abound.
This counts double if you’re a confirmed coward, born and raised in London, separated from your comrades and being pursued by a deadly assassin.
That was the position that “Jelly” Jakes of the Convict Commandos found himself in. let’s be honest, he had every right to be terrified.
Story: Alan Hebden
Art: Manuel Benet
Cover: Manuel Benet
He was only a skinny little guy, about five feet nothing at all…but, by jiminy, any Nazis who ran up against Private Sam Small were out of luck.
While his ammo lasted, Sam shot them; then with his empty gun he clubbed them; when it was in splinters, he started in with his bare hands!
Only one man knew what drove that little guy to such a fighting fury — only one found out the terrible secret of Sam Small — and here he tells Sam’s amazing story.
Hiding behind Aldoma’s magnificent all-action cover is one of the most idiosyncratic Commando stories you’ll ever read. Told in the first person, and an American first person at that, it chronicles the acts of a man with a death wish over a very short period of time. These are traits not normally associated with Commando and, indeed, very difficult to get right. But right they are here, very right indeed.
Sit back, suspend your disbelief and enjoy this roller-coaster ride in the thick of the action in the company of ace reporter Jim Dawson.
By the way, we had noticed Jim’s similarity to Robert Mitchum.—Calum Laird, Commando Editor
Art: Martin [Salvador]
Originally Commando No 159 (April 1965); re-issued as No 747 (June 1973).
In 1944 someone named the servicemen in Italy the D-Day Dodgers; as though somehow the war they were fighting was a cushy number compared to the battles in France. Outraged, one national newspaper decided to expose these loafers once and for all.
That’s how reporter Perry Potter and his photographer Chalky White came to be standing on a freezing airfield in “sunny” Italy. The weather was just the first of the eye-openers the pair was going to see.
Story: Alan Hebden
Art: Vicente Alcazar
Cover: Ian Kennedy
In the summer of 1944, a frightening new weapon was unleashed against the war-weary British — the dreaded V1 flying bomb.
Sergeant-Pilot Jamie Collins had a personal score to settle with these robots of death. So when his squadron-leader grounded him after yet another display of reckless flying, it didn’t stop him.
Where there were V1s, that’s where Jamie wanted to be, at the controls of his hard-hitting tempest fighter. Orders or no orders…
Scott the Deputy Ed is on holiday so I get to write the intro to this story from our 25-year-old collection. Growing up with Commando in the 60s there were no creator credits on the books but there was one inside artist whose style stood out. Very individual, angular, with strong, strong blacks and peppered with skilfully-employed Zip-A-Tone — the sheets of dots which provide shading. To me the style looked just right for Commando. His name? Gordon Livingstone.
I still think that, which is why you’re getting another chance (or a first chance) to read Ken Gentry’s crackling air/ground story and marvel at the magnificent economy of composition that is Ian Kennedy’s cover — there’s nothing there that doesn’t have to be.
This really is a mini-masterpiece. Should I let Scott read it?—Calum Laird, Editor
Story: Ken Gentry
Art: Gordon Livingstone
Cover: Ian Kennedy
Originally published as Commando No 1092, (January 1977); re-issued as No 2420 (November 1990).
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Dredd: Urban Warfare by Arthur Wyatt & Henry Flint.
2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083161, 12 February 2015, 96pp, £14.99.
The comic book sequel to the hit film! Featuring three action-packed stories from the critically acclaimed cinematic world of DREDD. In Underbelly Ma-Ma's death has led to a power vacuum and now other criminal gangs in Mega-City One are trying to fill the gap. When a number of corpses are discovered in a rad-pit, the bodies are all revealed to be mutants. Could the dead be connected with an outfit smuggling illegal refugees into the city from the Cursed Earth? Judge Dredd once again teams up with Psi-Judge Anderson as they scour the underworld for the perps responsible!
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Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 24.
2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083390, 12 February 2015, 320pp, £19.99.
The streets don't come much meaner than those found in Mega-City One. Only the Judges - empowered to dispense law and order - keep the city from falling into total anarchy. Toughest of them all is Judge Dredd - he is the law and these are his stories. In this 24th volume of the bestselling Case Files series, Dredd is faced with one of his hardest challenges yet - dispensing justice in the Big Meg's worst sector known as 'The Pit'! Also, the ultimate lawman faces a legendary war robot, when Judge Dredd squares off against the ABC Warrior Hammerstein!
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A round-up of forthcoming books relating to or reprinting British comics and cartoons, along with some selected original graphic novels.
- Dredd: Urban Warfare by Arthur Wyatt & Henry Flint. 2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083161, 12 February 2015.
- Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 24. 2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083390, 12 February 2015.
- Insurrection: Liberty by Dan Abnett & Colin Macneil. 2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083406, 12 March 2015, 96pp, £13.99.
- Kiss-Ass 3 by Mark Millar & John Romita Jr. Titan Books ISBN 978-1783290871, 6 March 2015. Paperback edition.
- Modesty Blaise: The Killing Distance by Peter O'Donnell & Enric Badia Romero. Titan Books ISBN 978-1781167120, 20 March 2015.
- Tales of Telguuth: A Tribute to Steve Moore by Steve Moore & Gregg Staples. 2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083413, 12 March 2015, 176pp, £17.99.
- Judge Dredd: Luna 1 by John Wagner, Brian Bolland, Mick McMahon & Ian Gibson. 2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083420, 9 April 2015, 142pp, £6.99.
- Oor Wullie: How Tae Learn Yer Times Table. B&W Publishing ISBN 978-1910230015, 2 April 2015 [originally announced for 14 November 2014].
- Zenith: Phase 3 by Grant Morrison & Steve Yeowell. 2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083215, 9 April 2015, 144pp, £20.00.
- A.B.C. Warriors: Return to Mars by Pat Mills & Clint Langley. 2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083437, 7 May 2015, 96pp.
- Doctor Who: The Good Soldier by Andrew Cartmel, Paul Cornell, Dan Abnett, John Freeman, Lee Sullivan & Mike Collins. Panini UK ISBN 978-1846536595, 1 May 2015, 176pp, £13.99.
- Devlin Waugh: Red Tide by John Smith & Sean Phillips. 2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083444, 18 June 2015.
- The V.C.'s: Hell in the Heavens by Gerry Finley-Day. 2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083284, 18 June 2015.
- Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor: Revolutions of Terror by Nick Abadzis, Elena Casagrande & Arianna Florean. Titan Books ISBN 978-1782763840, 3 July 2015 [originally announced for 13 January 2015, then 17 February 2015], 128pp, £10.99.
- Judge Dredd: Dark Justice by John Wagner & Gregg Staples. 2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083192, 14 July 2015.
- Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor After Life by Al Ewing, Rob Williams, Simon Fraser & Boo Cook. Titan Books ISBN 978-1782763857, 7 August 2015, 128pp, £10.99.
- Gravestown by Roger Gibson & Vince Danks. Titan Books ISBN 978-1782760078, 25 August 2015.
- Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore by Lance Parkin. Aurum Press ISBN 978-1781312841, 3 September 2015 [originally announced for 1 May 2014, then 20 November 2014]. Paperback edition.
- Oor Wullie & the Hunt for Nessie by Matthew Fitt. B&W Publishing ISBN, 31 October 2015.
- The Best of Battle Vol.2. Titan Books ISBN 978-1848567313, 29 Jul 2011 [originally announced as Best of Land Battle for 28 May 2010, then 27 August 2010]. Currently not listed on Titan's website.
- The Best of Misty. Titan Books ISBN 978-1848560277 [originally announced for October 2010]. Currently not listed on Titan's website.
- Charley's War 1914-2014 [Slipcased Commemorative Edition Volume 1]. Titan Books ISBN 978-1783290734, 2 September 2014 [originally announced for 8 August 2014]. Currently not listed on Amazon or Titan's website.
- Charley's War 1914-2014 [Slipcased Commemorative Edition Volume 2]. Titan Books ISBN 978-1783290741, 2 September 2014. Currently not listed on Titan's website.
- Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Vol. 1 by Nick Abadzis, Elena Casagrande. Titan ISBN 978-1782761730. NOTE: Later announced with a different ISBN number.
- Good Dog, Bad Dog Book 2 by Dave Shelton. David Fickling Books ISBN 978-0857560063, 6 March 2014. No longer listed on Amazon.
- Hamlet (Original Text) by John McDonald, David Lorenzo Riveiro & Gary Erskine. Classical Comics ISBN 978-1906332341, 30 September 2014 [originally announced for 31 July 2012, then early 2013]. Currently not listed on Classical Comics' website.
- Hamlet (Plain Text) by John McDonald, David Lorenzo Riveiro & Gary Erskine. Classical Comics ISBN 978-1906332358, 30 September 2014 [originally announced for 31 July 2012, then early 2013]. Currently not listed on Classical Comics' website.
- Hamlet (Quick Text) by John McDonald, David Lorenzo Riveiro & Gary Erskine. Classical Comics ISBN 978-1906332365, 30 September 2014 [originally announced for 31 July 2012, then early 2013]. Currently not listed on Classical Comics' website.
- Harker: The Black Hound by Roger Gibson & Vince Danks. Titan Books ISBN 978-1781166987, 31 December 2014. Currently not listed on Titan's website.
- Johnny Red: The Flying Gun. Titan Books ISBN 978-1848564442, 5 December 2014 [originally announced as Johnny Red: England or Bust! for 12 September 2014, then 10 March 2015]. Currently not listed on Titan's website.
- Julius Caesar (Original Text) by John McDonald & Sean O'Connor. Classical Comics ISBN 978-1906332945, 31 January 2014 [originally announced for 31 August 2010, then 31 May 2011, then July 2011, then March 2012, then 31 May 2012, then September 2012, then 31 May 2013]. Currently not listed on Classical Comics' website.
- Julius Caesar (Plain Text) by John McDonald & Sean O'Connor. Classical Comics ISBN 978-1906332952, 31 January 2014 [originally announced for 31 August 2010, then 31 May 2011, then July 2011, then March 2012, then 31 May 2012, then September 2012, then 31 May 2013]. Currently not listed on Classical Comics' website.
- Julius Caesar (Quick Text) by John McDonald & Sean O'Connor. Classical Comics ISBN 978-1906332969, 31 January 2014 [originally announced for 31 August 2010, then 31 May 2011, then July 2011, then March 2012, then 31 May 2012, then September 2012, then 31 May 2013]. Currently not listed on Classical Comics' website.
- Major Eazy: The African Campaign by Alan Hebden & Carlos Ezquerra. Titan Books ISBN 978-1848560383, 22 March 2013. Currently not listed on Titan's website; Amazon page removed.
- Mezolith Vol. 2 by Ben Heggarty. David Fickling Books ISBN 978-0857560513, 6 March 2014. No longer listed on Amazon.
- Mirabilis Vol. 2: Year of Wonders by Dave Morris & Leo Hartas. Print Media Productions ISBN 978-0956712127, February 2012 [originally announced for October 2011].
- Richard III (Original Text, abridged). Classical Comics ISBN 978-1906332228, [originally announced for 1 March 2009, then 1 September 2009, then 14 May 2010, then December 2011, then mid-2012]. Currently not listed on Classical Comics' website.
- Richard III (Plain Text). Classical Comics ISBN 978-1906332235, [originally announced for 1 March 2009, then 1 September 2009, then 14 May 2010, then December 2011, then mid-2012]. Currently not listed on Classical Comics' website.
- Richard III (Quick Text). Classical Comics ISBN 978-1906332242, [originally announced for 1 March 2009, then 1 September 2009, then 14 May 2010, then December 2011, then mid-2012]. Currently not listed on Classical Comics' website.
- Snow/Tiger by Andy Diggle & Andy Clarke. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781080702, 12 December 2013. Currently not listed on Rebellion's website.
- Strontium Dog: Mutant for Hire. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781080313, 28 October 2014. (In Error?)
- Tank Girl: Carioca by Alan Martin & Mike McMahon. Titan Books ISBN 978-1845766894, 14 October 2014. Currently not listed on Titan's website.
- Uncensored Action! (The Best of Action Vol.1). Titan Books ISBN 978-1848560260, 1 April 2015 [originally announced for 24 September 2010, then 28 October 2011, then disappeared from schedules and Titan's webpage, then 6 March 2014, then 1 August 2014]. No longer listed on Amazon.
- Vertigo Visions: Frank Quitely by Frank Quitely. DC Comics/Vertigo ISBN 978-1401242374, 26 November 2013. No longer listed on Amazon.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 09.
2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083291, 20 January 2015, 400pp, £12.77.
Paperback edition aimed at US market.
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Kingdom of the Wicked by Ian Edginton & D'Israeli.
Titan Books ISBN 978-1782760566, 6 January 2015 [Amazon dates the release 6 November 2014], 104pp, £14.99.
The twenty-first century's greatest living children's author - Christopher Grahame - is drawn back into Castrovalva, the world of his childhood imagination, when the stress of his fame starts to weigh on him. But Castrovalva has gone to hell in his absence - devastated by war, famine and loss. And now Christopher can't wake up. Has he lost his mind... or his innocence?
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Kingsman: The Secret Service by Mark Millar & Dave Gibbons.
Titan Books ISBN 978-1783293360, 24 January 2015, 160pp, £9.99.
Garys life is going nowhere. He lives in public housing with his mother and spends his nights carousing with his friends. But Garys Uncle Jack has taken a different path of glamour, danger and mystery. When Jack has to get his nephew out of trouble, their lives are going to intersect in a way neither of them could have foreseen. From Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen). Movie tie-in cover
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The Last of the Mohicans by Ruggero Giovannini & Cecil Doughty.
Book Palace Books ISBN 978-1907081293, January 2015, 74pp, £19.99.
James Fenimore Cooper's poignant tale superbly presented as a comic strip by the talented artists Cecil Doughty and Ruggero Giovannini. In this volume, we re-present two very different adaptations of James Fenimore Cooper’s popular adventure classic. Originally published in 1826, The Last of the Mohicans has been adapted countless times for films, television, radio and comics.
Set in 1757, when France and Great Britain battled for control of North America, it is the story of the two daughters of Colonel Munro, commander of a beleaguered fort and their journey to be reunited with him. The girls, Cora and Alice, are rescued from an ambush by Hawkeye, a hunter, and his two Mohican companions, Chingachgook and his son, Uncas. Together, they endeavour to get the girls to safety.
The first adaptation in this book was drawn and painted in full colour by renowned Italian artist Ruggero Giovannini and appeared in 'Tell Me Why' in 1968. Giovannini’s strip is “simply the finest, most authentic and most colourful, picture strip adaptation of ‘The Last of the Mohicans’ ever to appear”.
The second version, from 'Look and Learn', was drawn in fine and authentic detail by Cecil Doughty and was originally published in 1980. Using as much as possible Cooper’s own words, it can be fairly classed as one of the most faithful picture strip adaptations of the story.
Although obviously taken from the same source material, both versions differ in more ways than just the look of their artwork. These, and the further differences when compared to various cinematic versions, will hopefully inspire readers to seek out and read Cooper's original book.
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Slaine: The Brutania Chronicles by Pat Mills & Simon Davis.
2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083352, 15 January 2015, 112pp, £16.99.
Ancient Albion. Celtic barbarian warrior Slaine united the tribes of the Earth Goddess and became the first High King of Ireland. After ruling for seven years, he fought for the Goddess in other eras before returning to save his people from the Fomorian sea devils. Now, he's crossed over onto the isle of Monadh in an attempt to rescue Sinead from the evil clutches of the Drune Lords...This brand-new chapter in the life of Slaine is the perfect jumping on point for new readers as writer Pat Mills (Marshal Law) transports the Celtic warrior to the ancient world of Albion. This book also introduces the fully-painted art style of Simon Davis (Ampney Crucis) to the strip for the first time.
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Strontium Dog: The Life and Death of Johnny Alpha: Dogs of War by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra.
2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083369, 15 January 2015, 144pp, £14.99.
Late 22nd century. After the Atomic Wars, many survivors were warped by the Strontium 90 fallout. These 'mutants' became a victimised underclass, and the only job open to them was bounty hunting. One such Search/Destroy agent, or Strontium Dog, is Johnny Alpha, who was thought killed. But he has been resurrected and is now leading mutantkind in a revolution against the Norms...Written by Strontium Dog co-creator John Wagner (A History of Violence) with art by his co-creator Carlos Ezquerra (Judge Dredd) Johnny Alpha's explosive return from beyond concludes in this action-packed finale.
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A monthly round up of recently released titles reprinting or relating to British comics and creators. Titles announced for publication can be found on the companion Upcoming Releases listing which usually appears a day after this column. An expanded, annotated and illustrated Comics Bibliography appears monthly and gatherings covering the years from 2010 can be found at the following links:
Comics Bibliography 2010 | Comics Bibliography 2011 | Comics Bibliography 2012 | Comics Bibliography 2013 | Comics Bibliography 2014 |
Comics Bibliography 2010 | Comics Bibliography 2011 | Comics Bibliography 2012 | Comics Bibliography 2013 | Comics Bibliography 2014 |
- Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 09. 2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083291, 20 January 2015. Paperback edition.
- Kingdom of the Wicked by Ian Edginton & D'Israeli. Titan Books ISBN 978-1782760566, 6 January 2015 [originally announced for 4 November 2014].
- Kingsman: The Secret Service by Mark Millar & Dave Gibbons. Titan Books ISBN 978-1783293360, 24 January 2015, 160pp, £9.99. Movie tie-in cover
- The Last of the Mohicans by Ruggero Giovannini & Cecil Doughty. Book Palace Books ISBN 978-1907081293, January 2015, 74pp, £19.99.
- Slaine: Brutania Chronicle by Pat Mills. 2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083352, 15 January 2015.
- Strontium Dog: Dogs of War: Life and Death of Johnny Alpha 2 by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra. 2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781083369, 15 January 2015.
- Brass Sun by Ian Edginton, I.N.J. Culbard. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082690, 4 December 2014.
- Frontline UK by William Corderoy, Ian Kennedy & Clemente Rezzonico. ISBN 978-X, 8 December 2014.
- Zenith: Phase 2. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082775, 4 December 2014.
- Baker's Half-Dozen. Hibernia [no ISBN], November 2014.
- The Best of Library of Death. Hibernia [no ISBN], November 2014.
- Calculus Cat by Hunt Emerson. Knockabout ISBN 978-0861662388, November 2014.
- The Complete Ro-Busters. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082621, 6 November 2014.
- The Daily Dredds. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082645, 6 November 2014.
- Gerry Anderson The Comic Collection. Egmont ISBN 978-1405272667, 6 November 2014.
- Inside the World of Gerry Anderson by Graham Bleathman. Egmont ISBN 978-1405272650, 6 November 2014.
- The James Bond Omnibus Vol.006. Titan Books ISBN 978-0857685919, 1 November 2014.
- Johnny Nemo by Peter Milligan & Brett Ewins. Titan Books ISBN 978-1782760702, 18 November 2014 [originally announced for [7 October 2014].
- Miller Western Comic Books by John Fairclough. Blasé Books [no ISBN], November 2014.
- Stickleback: The Number of the Beast by Ian Edginton, I.N.J. Culbard & D'Israeli. 2000AD Graphic Novels ISBN 978-1781082935, 6 November 2014.
- This Was The Wizard by Derek Marsden & Ray Moore. Darsym Press ISBN 978-0955197819, 7 November 2014.
- Age of the Wolf. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082638, 23 October 2014.
- Arena by Dave H. Taylor & Enrique Alcatena. Bear Alley Books ISBN 978-1907081750, 9 October 2014.
- Arkwright Integral by Bryan Talbot. Dark Horse, October 2014. Omnibus of The Adventures of Luther Arkwright and Heart of Darkness.
- Bake With Maw Broon: My Favourite Recipes for All the Family. Broons Books ISBN 978-1910230022, 16 October 2014.
- The Best of Battle Annual. Egmont, October 2014.
- The Best of The Beezer Annual. Pedigree, October 2014.
- The Best of Bunty Annual. Pedigree, October 2014.
- The Best of Roy of the Rovers Annual. Egmont, October 2014.
- The Best of 70s Girls' Comics Annual. Egmont, October 2014.
- The Best of The Hotspur Annual. Pedigree, October 2014.
- The Best of The Topper Annual. Pedigree, October 2014.
- The Best of Whizzer and Chips Annual. Egmont, October 2014.
- The Broons: Ceilidh Dance Party. Broons Books ISBN 978-1910230039, 31 October 2014.
- Knit Your Own Broons by Jackie Holt & Ruth Bailey. Broons Books ISBN 978-1910230046, 7 October 2014.
- Modesty Blaise: The Grim Joker by Peter O'Donnell & Enric Badia Romero. Titan Books ISBN 978-1781167113, 24 October 2014 [originally announced for 28 March 2014].
- Nikolai Dante: Love and War. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082614, 9 October 2014.
- Oor Wullie: His Secret Capers Are Finally Oot. Broons Books ISBN 978-1910230053, 31 October 2014.
- Roy: The Official Autobiography of Roy of the Rovers by Roy Race [Giles Smith].Century ISBN 978-1780893297, 9 October 2014.
- Wallace & Gromit: Comic Strips Collection Volume 2 by Jimmy Hansen & Mike Kazybrid. Titan Books ISBN 978-1782760825, 7 October 2014.
- Zenith: Phase 1. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082751, 23 October 2014.
- ABC Warriors: The Mek Files. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082591, 11 September 2014.
- Durham Red: The Bitch. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082515, 16 September 2014.
- Kick-Ass 3. Titan Books ISBN 978-1783290727, 9 September 2014 [originally announced for 6 July 2014, then 12 August 2014].
- Oor Wullie: The Big Bucket of Laughs Joke Book. Broons Books ISBN 978-1910230008, 25 September 2014.
- Predator vs. Dredd vs. Aliens: Incubus and More. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082539, 11 September 2014.
- The Secret Service by Mark Millar & Dave Gibbons.Titan Books ISBN 978-1781165836, 9 September 2014 [originally announced for 26 April 2013, then 28 May 2013, then 2 Jul 2013, then 27 August 2013, then 1 October 2013, then 5 November 2013, then 21 January 2014, then 21 June 2014, then 1 October 2014, then 9 December 2014].
- Charley's War: A Boy Soldier in the Great War [Omnibus 1] by Pat Mills & Joe Colquhoun. Titan Books ISBN 978-1781169148, 8 August 2014.
- The Importance of Being Earnest [Original Text] by John Stokes. Classical Comics ISBN 978-1906332921, 31 August 2014 [originally announced for 12 September 2010, then December 2010, then April 2012, then May 2012, then October 2012, then 30 November 2012, then March 2013, then August 2013, then 30 November 2013].
- The Importance of Being Earnest [Quick Text] by John Stokes. Classical Comics ISBN 978-1906332938, 31 August 2014 [originally announced for 12 September 2010, then December 2010, then April 2012, then May 2012, then October 2012, then 30 November 2012, then March 2013, then August 2013, then 30 November 2013].
- Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 08. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082447, 12 August 2014. Paperback.
- Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 23. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082522, 14 August 2014.
- Return to Armageddon. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082706, 14 August 2014.
- Thunderbirds Vol.1. Egmont ISBN 978-1405272605, 28 August 2014.
- Thunderbirds Vol.2. Egmont ISBN 978-1405272612, 28 August 2014.
- Thunderbirds Vol.3. Egmont ISBN 978-1405272629, 28 August 2014.
- Thunderbirds Vol.4. Egmont ISBN 978-1405272636, 28 August 2014.
- Thunderbirds Vol.5. Egmont ISBN 978-1405272643, 28 August 2014.
- ABC Warriors: Volgan War Vol. 4. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082720, 17 July 2014.
- The Art of Neil Gaiman by Hayley Campbell. Ilex Press ISBN 978-1781571392, 14 July 2014 [originally announced for 5 May 2014]. By Request: Selected Private Commissions. Chris Weston, July 2014.
- Commando; Over the Top, ed. Calum Laird. Prion ISBN 978-1853759130, 17 July 2014.
- Countdown to TV Action by Steve Holland. Bear Alley Books, 4 July 2014.
- Death Sentence. Titan Books ISBN 978-1782760085, 8 July 2014.
- Graphic Ink: The DC Comics Art of Frank Quitely. DC Comics ISBN 978-1401248406, 1 July 2014.
- Hondo City Justice: Revenge of the 47 Ronin. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082492, 8 July 2014.
- In His Cups: Collected Tales from Gimbley. Phil Elliott ISBN 978-1291-95524-8, 20 July 2014.
- Judge Anderson: PSI Files. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082362, 17 July 2014.
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 3: Century by Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill. Knockabout ISBN 978-0861662326, 17 July 2014.
- To End All Wars, ed. Jonathan Clode & John Stuart Clark. Soaring Penguin Press ISBN 978-1908030139, 17 July 2014.
- The Anatomy of Zur-En-Arrh: Understanding Grant Morrison's Batman by Cody Walker. Sequart Research & Literacy Organization ISBN 978-1940589046, 11 June 2014.
- The Annual Years by Paul Magrs. Obverse Books ISBN 978-1909031203, June 2014. Limited edition of 100 hardback copies.
- Judge Dredd: Day of Chaos: Fallout. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082713, 5 June 2014.
- Judge Dredd: The XXX Files. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082430, 10 June 2014.
- Nikolai Dante: The Great Game. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082607, 5 June 2014. New Edition.
- Rogue Trooper: Tales of Nu Earth Vol.4. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082300, 19 June 2014.
- Roy of the Rovers: World Cup Special 2014. Titan Books ISBN 978-1783290581, 6 June 2014.
- Violent Cases by Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean. Titan Books ISBN 978-1783293605, 6 June 2014.
- Miracleman: A Dream of Flying by Alan Moore, Garry Leach & Alan Davis. Marvel (US) ISBN 978-0785154624, 27 May 2014.
- Modesty Blaise: The Young Mistress by Peter O'Donnell & Enrique Badia Romero. Titan Books ISBN 978-1781167090, 13 May 2014 [originally announced for 25 October 2013, then 28 March 2014].
- Roy of the Rovers Postcards. Egmont ISBN 978-1405270762, 8 May 2014.
- Slaine: Lord of the Beasts. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082294, 8 May 2014.
- The Bojeffries Saga by Alan Moore & Steve Parkhouse. Knockabout ISBN 978-0861662319, 8 May 2014 [available from April].
- Devlin Waugh: Swimming In Blood. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082287, 10 April 2014. Paperback.
- The Happy Warrior. Uniform Press ISBN 978-1906509903, 1 April 2014 [originally announced for 1 March 2014.; publisher's catalogue gives a May 2014 release date].
- Ro-Busters: The Disaster Squad of Distinction. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082195, 15 April 2014.
- The Art of Ian Miller. Titan Books ISBN 978-1781167793, 11 April 2014 [originally announced for 25 March 2014, and available from late March].
- Banzai Battalion: Just Another Bug Hunt!. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082188, 18 March 2014.
- Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 22. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082270, 13 March 2014.
- Nemo: Roses of Berlin by Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill. Knockabout ISBN 978-0861662302, 27 March 2014.
- The Secret Service by Mark Millar & Dave Gibbons.Titan Books ISBN 978-1781167038, 18 March 2014.
- ABC Warriors: The Solo Missions. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082263, 13 February 2014.
- Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 07. Rebellion ISBN 978-1781082171, 11 February 2014. Paperbac.
- Nemesis The Warlock Volume 2. Rebellion ISBN 978-1907519789, 28 February 2014. Paperback.
- Batman Judge Dredd Collection. Rebellion/DC Comics ISBN 978-1781080788, 16 January 2014.
- Battle Classics ed. Garth Ennis. Titan Books ISBN 978-1781167410, 9 January 2014 [originally announced for 25 October 2013].
- The Man Who Searched for Fear. Bear Alley Books ISBN 978-1907081736, 31 January 2014.
- Space Ace Vol. 2 by Ron Turner. John Lawrence [no ISBN], January 2013.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Although I had read science fiction before, I became a convert at the age of 12 and read SF exclusively for the next decade. It was the perfect time to discover SF because in the mid-1970s there was a paperback boom. And there was Science Fiction Monthly, a mix of poster magazine and... well, magazine, with stories and features that introduced me to many new writers, both old and new. Bruce Pennington was all over Science Fiction Monthly, including posters of his best works (my earliest favourite was a Corgi cover for Poul Anderson's Satan's World) and an interview—the first interview with a science fiction artist I had ever read.
Eric R. Parker is an artist I know well, but David Ashford's article managed to pluck a couple of really odd items out of obscurity, including an advert for the Tory party entitled 'She Wouldn't Say "Yes!"' and material from his later days illustrating for Look and Learn and the like.
Wrapping up the issue is an interview with children's book illustrator Will Terry and a brief obituary for Bryn Havord, whose name was heavily associated with earlier issues of Illustrators until his death last year.
For more information about Illustrators and back issues, visit the Book Palace website where you can also take a peek at the next issue
Friday, January 23, 2015
Then there were two nice meals... but they don't count as work, memorable though they were. It was nice to get out of my little office because I've really noticed the temperature drop this week. We had a flurry of snow on Saturday while I was waiting in the queue for the bus along with half a dozen other grumpy folk and one very excitable young girl who was jumping up and down with joy... she was inside one of the shop's opposite the bus queue, in the warm and untroubled by the biting wind. The snow stopped just as the bus arrived. although I wouldn't be feeling paranoid about this if the following hadn't happened...
On Wednesday, as Mel and I left the house, the snow came down quite thick and fast. It lasted exactly half an hour which I know because that's how long my morning walk takes and the snow slowed and stopped just as I got back to the driveway of the house.
The snow is clearly out to get me.
The pilot, on the other hand, was superb—a masterclass in creating a show relatively cheaply without it wholly distracting from the story. The story, for those who haven't read the book, is set in an America where the Nazis and Japanese won the Second World War. It is now 1962 and America is divided into two, the east coast under German rule and the west coast occupied by Japan with a neutral buffer zone between the two. The elderly Hitler is ill and the Japanese worry that his death will cause could result in the rise to power of a more aggressive leader who will destroy the fragile alliance between the Germans and Japanese and use their nuclear bombs against the west coast.
Meanwhile, a young New Yorker working for the American resistance drives west to deliver a package—a film reel entitled The Grasshopper Lies Heavy—to Canon City in the neutral zone. At the same time, a woman travels west from San Francisco after watching the film, passed on to her by her sister shortly before she (the sister) is shot. The film, in a series of news clips, depicts an alternative world in which America wins the war and has reputedly been created by someone known only as the Man in the High Castle.
Amazon will move forward to create more episodes depending on reaction to the pilot. Well, at the moment it looks like they're onto a winner and I'm certainly hoping for more. It feels like this project has been around for quite a while; Scott Free (Ridley Scott's production company) was reputedly involved in adapting it for the BBC five years ago with an excellent playwright named Howard Brenton adapting the novel. I'd love to see his take on the book. This version is adapted by Frank Spotnitz, whose work is always worth watching—he was responsible for a lot of The X-Files.
Talking of the latter, I'm in two minds about the rumours that it might be coming back. I followed it through to the bitter (and frustratingly inconclusive) end of season nine, plus two movies, and the only reason I would want it to come back would be to give the show a satisfying conclusion and not drag it out.
Our random scans today are by unidentified or unknown (to me) artists. The Execution of Private Slovik (Panther 645) is from 1956, the cover by David Kirk who, as far as I'm aware, didn't do any other covers for Panther. Panther 905, The Story of Wake Island by Colonel J. P. S. Devereux (1959) is signed... but who's signature? It looks a bit like 'Crair', but that seem unlikely. Update: My eyesight is better than I give it credit for. I'm told that the signature is that of American artist Mel Crair, who illustrated a lot of US paperback covers and men's magazines.
I've put in Panther 914 but I did some digging and found that this was a reprint of an American cover originally published by Avon Books. The artist is Gilbert Fullington who appears to have produced a number of covers for crime novels, although there is nothing to be found about him via a quick Google search.
Finally for today, Panther 1463 from 1963 is The Long Overcoat by Pete Fry. Fry was the pseudonym of James Clifford King; he was also a private eye and the narrator of fifteen books published by T. V. Boardman and John Long. The cover is signed, but is mostly a squiggle with possibly 'cuti' at the end.