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Marvel Comics : The Untold Story by Sean Howe

The first thing to point out is that surely this book needs an exclamation mark somewhere in the title. How can you have a book about superheroes without an exclamation mark in there? That apart, it’s a fascinating book, detailing the ups and downs and the chequered history of the House of Ideas across . . . → Read More: Marvel Comics : The Untold Story by Sean Howe

Tomb of Dracula #3

Issue 3, and the gang’s nearly all here. Tom Palmer joins Colan on inks for the first time, and you can see the improvement immediately with the splash page of Drake, standing on a foggy bridge above the Thames, contemplating suicide. Vampires need the fog – it makes it easier for them to just . . . → Read More: Tomb of Dracula #3

Tomb of Dracula #2

And so to issue 2, and what we will call, for want of a better term, the status quo. The issue recaps the story so far before enabling our protagonists, Frank, Jean, Clifton & Dracula to decamp to London, there to continue their disagreements. If the first issue was all about scene-setting and establishing . . . → Read More: Tomb of Dracula #2

Tomb of Dracula #1

And here we are with Issue 1 of the comic proper. From the off, this comic strikes you as very confident, from dramatic opening page to the scene-setting in flashback, and the inevitable scene halfway through where Dracula comes to life. But it’s also noticeable quite quickly how the dynamic differs from most . . . → Read More: Tomb of Dracula #1

Tomb of Dracula – preamble

Way back when, I had issue 1 of a Marvel UK comic called Dracula Lives. I think it was one of those things where a neighbour bequeathed me a pile of comics, and this was one of them. We’re talking mid seventies. Amongst the other delights in that comic was the first issue of . . . → Read More: Tomb of Dracula – preamble

The Whale House:

As well as West, his ongoing Western series with Tim Keable, Andrew Cheverton has used the Angry Candy imprint to publish collaborations with other artists as well as stories that he’s drawn himself. He’s now started another continuing series, ‘The Whale House’, with artist Chris Doherty, and it’s another winner.

It tells the story . . . → Read More: The Whale House:


Clearing out the back room, I found loads of old issues of The Comics Journal. My initial thought (as always) was to hang on to them – you never know when you might need them for reference, but luckily I came to my senses, and took most of them off to the tip. I . . . → Read More: 100:

The Love Bunglers:

I’ve just read the latest issue of Love and Rockets, and yes, the conclusion of Jaime’s story ‘The Love Bunglers’ is everything that I read it was going to be. It’s a story that wants me to take out everything he’s ever done and read it all again. As the Dan Nadel and Frank . . . → Read More: The Love Bunglers:

Pjang! 5:

It’s been a decade or so, but the latest issue of Rol Hirst’s splended Pjang has jumped through my letterbox, and I thought I should mention it just in case you’re reading this and you’re not Rol. Or indeed Paul Rainey.

This issue includes a strip written by the estimable Mr Hirst and . . . → Read More: Pjang! 5:

First Night:

I had word from a schoolfriend a while back, telling me that he was going to be moving to work in San Francisco, and wondering if I wanted his comic books. Obviously I said yes. We were both into Marvel Comics for a couple of years in the mid eighties, and I figured . . . → Read More: First Night: