Friday, 19 October 2018

Ken Maynard - #01 – #08 Complete series - Fawcett

Publisher: Fawcett
Publication Dates: September 1950 – February 1952
Number of Issues Published: 8 (#1 – #8)
Color: color
Dimensions: standard Golden Age US
Paper Stock: glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: was on-going series

Script:  R. R. Symes (Rod Reed), Otto Binder, 
Pencils: ?, Carl Pfeufer,  Al Packer (signed), M. H., 
Inks: ?, Carl Pfeufer, M. H
Colors: ?
Letters: typeset

Kenneth Olin Maynard (July 21, 1895 – March 23, 1973) was an American motion picture stuntman and actor. 
He appeared in more than 90 films over 20 years with his white cowboy hat, fancy shirt, and a pair of six-shooters.

Maynard was born in Vevay, Indiana, one of five children, another of whom, his lookalike younger brother, Kermit, would also become an actor; most audience members assumed that Kermit was his brother’s identical twin. Ken Maynard began working at carnivals and circuses, where he became an accomplished horseman. As a young man, he performed in rodeos and was a trick rider with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

Maynard served in the United States Army during World War I. After the war, Maynard returned to show business as a circus rider with Ringling Brothers. When the circus was playing in Los Angeles, California, actor Buck Jones encouraged Maynard to try working in the movies. Maynard soon had a contract with Fox Studios.

Links: Ken Maynard - #01 – #08⇲⇲

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Quick Draw McGraw #01-#03, #04- #08 (1970-1972) Complete Series [Charlton Comics Collection 41]

Publication Dates:  November 1970 - January 1972
Number of Issues Published:  8 (#1 - #8)
Color:  Color
Dimensions:  Standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:  Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:  Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:  Was ongoing
Publication Type:  magazine Series

Script:  Joe Gill (signed), Ray Dirgo (signed), 
Pencils:  George Wildman (signed), Ray Dirgo (signed)
Inks:  George Wildman (signed)
Colors:  ?
Letters:  ?

Based on the Hanna-Barbera character.



Monday, 15 October 2018

Tit-Bits Science Fiction Comics #01 – #06 (1953 – 1954) Complete series - Pearson

Publisher: Pearson
Publication Dates: 1953 – 1954
Number of Issues Published: 6 (#1 – #6)
Color: Black and White
Dimensions: Digest-size
Paper Stock: ?
Binding: ?
Publishing Format: Was ongoing
Publication Type: magazine


Links; Tit-Bits Science Fiction Comics  #01 – #06  ⇲⇲

Saturday, 13 October 2018

The Real Ghostbusters #01 – #044, #46 – #185, #193 ( 1988 – 1992) Marvel UK

Marvel UK, 1988 Series

Published in English (United Kingdom)  
Publication Dates: 26 March 1988 – september 1992
Number of Issues Published: 193 (#1 – #193)
Color: Four Colour Dimensions: 8.25″ x 11″
Paper Stock: Newsprint
Binding: Saddle-stitched    Publishing Format: Was Ongoing Series

The Real Ghostbusters Marvel UK is the UK published comic series.
 It was based on The Real Ghostbusters Animated TV Show. 

Published by Marvel Comics Ltd.
It was more like the Now comics Slimer! with he multiple stories and different small segments, and aimed very specifically at younger children.
 It was also fortnightly (bi-weekly) to begin with, before going weekly for most of its run. The series ended it’s last few issues in monthly format, and was by then only reprints of older stories. 

The comics generally consisted of three comic strips, a text story (usually Winston’s Diary), a Spengler’s Spirit Guide Page, and half-page Slimer strip. 
Some of the stories made in the comic series also got reprinted by NOW Comics.

Script: ?       Pencils: ?    Inks: ?   Letters: Kid,  Richard Starkings, Gary Gilbert and others.


Links: The Real Ghostbusters #01 – #044,  #46 – #185, #193

 Numbers 45, 186-192 are still missing

Thursday, 11 October 2018

The Steel Claw #01 – #04 (1986 – 1987) Complete Series

Publisher: Quality periodicals
Publication Dates: December 1986 – March 1987
Number of Issues Published: 4 (#1 – #4)
Color: color
Dimensions: standard Modern Age US
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: limited series

Script: H. Ken Bulmer, 
Pencils: Garry Leach, Jesús Blasco,  Steve Potter (art assistant), 
Dave Elliott (splash page, framing sequence),  Steve Whitakerer (framing sequence), Mike Elliott (Art Assistant), 
Inks: Garry Leach, Jesús Blasco,  Steve Potter (art assistant), Mike Elliott (Art Assistant), William Simpson (framing sequence), 
Letters: Jack Potter, 

The Steel Claw was one of the most popular comic book heroes of British weekly adventure comics of the 1960s and 1970s.

The Steel Claw first appeared in the debut edition of Valiant dated 6 October 1962. The strip was one of several put together for the comic by Fleetway editors Ken Mennell, Jack Le Grand and Sid Bicknell, and was then refined by writer Ken Bulmer and artist Jesús Blasco. After the first three serials, Bulmer left the title, and was replaced by Tom Tully. The Steel Claw appeared in Valiant throughout much of the 1960s and was one of the most popular strips in the comic. Tully wrote the series for the remainder of its run. The story ended briefly in May 1970, but a year later was back, retitled Return of the Claw, which would run until 1973.

In 1967, Fleetway featured the character in a number of digest-size original stories in their Stupendous Series of Super Library comics. The Steel Claw would alternate with The Spider from Lion in these books, with the Claw featuring in the odd-numbered editions. Because of the pressures of deadlines, these monthly titles saw a variety of different writers and artists employed, usually various Italian artists, most notably future 2000 AD artist Massimo Belardinelli. These ran until January 1968.

However, when Valiant merged with Battle Picture Weekly, the strip transferred to Vulcan, from 1975, in a series of reprints. The strip had by now found popularity worldwide, including in Germany, India and Sweden, and it remained in print in these countries long after the character’s final appearance in the UK.

The Steel Claw remained fondly remembered by its fans and future comic creators, and during the Alan Moore and Alan Davis run of Captain Britain comic, The Steel Claw was renamed The Iron Tallon for a brief cameo appearance. This was followed by a four issue series published by Quality Comics in 1986, which reprinted material from Valiant (in this, the character’s name was edited to ‘Louis Randell’, and the stories were coloured), with new framing material drawn by Garry Leach.

The character remained in limbo for a number of years until Grant Morrison used The Steel Claw’s superhero incarnation (as well as a number of British heroes from the 1960s) in his Zenith strip in 2000AD. This was followed by a one-off special featuring The Steel Claw, amongst other 1960s characters, which was created by various 2000AD creators of the time.

However this failed to spawn any continuing series and the character again entered limbo, until it was announced in 2005 that DC Comics would be using the character along with a number of other IPC characters, in a six issue mini-series called Albion. This would be plotted by Alan Moore, and written by Leah Moore and John Reppion, with art by Shane Oakley and George Freeman. The series was complimented by an album collection, published by Titan Books, reprinting the Ken Bulmer/Jesus Blasco serials from Valiant.

Links:   The Steel Claw ⇲⇲

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

The Adventures de Biggles #05 - # 09 W. E. Johns & A. De Vine


“W.E. Johns” biggles stories and stories written by others especially for the comic.

However there was an attempt to publish stories from this Australian comic in the UK.
It was apparently unsuccessful as only nine issues of the “British edition” of the comic were ever published.
This web page displays those nine issues and gives guide to the contents.

Published by “strato publications ltd., London.  W.1” – drawings are credited to “albert de vine”
Each magazine was 9.5 inches by 7 inches or 24.5 cm x 18 cm

More information HERE


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