Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A Noble World

Mike Noble is well known for his fantastic comic strip work for TV21 and Look-In amongst other comics, but here's something that some of you may not have seen before. (It was a new discovery for me anyway, when I bought this book on eBay last week.) Mike's cover artwork for Boys' World Annual 1972 (published in 1971 by Hamlyn for Odhams Books). 

Sadly, there's no art by Mike inside the book, but for my money it was worth buying for the cover alone, so I thought I'd share it with you on my blog today. Mike Noble has been my favourite adventure comics artist since I was 5 years old.

The contents are a mixture of a handful of short complete adventure stories (some reprint) and features. Boys' World weekly only ran from 1963 to 1964, but the annual continued until this final one for 1972. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Barbarella is back!

The classic French comic strip popularised by the 1968 cult movie Barbarella, returns to comics in an all-new monthly scripted by British writer Mike Carey and drawn by Kenan Yarar.

Published by American company Dynamite, Barbarella No.1 will be available from comic shops in the UK and USA in December. Here's the info...

(W) Mike Carey (A) Kenan Yarar (CA) Joe Jusko
Earth's star-crossed daughter is back! When Barbarella wanders into a war zone, the theocratic rulers of Parosia arrest and imprison her. A prison break is brewing, but now that she knows what the Parosians do to their own citizens Barbarella decides to make this fight her own...
In Shops: Dec 06, 2017

Coventry appearance cancellation

I'm very sorry to say that I won't be able to attend Coventry Comic Con next Sunday. I'm behind schedule with several jobs which are needed by early next week so will be working over the weekend to meet deadlines. 

I was foolish to say I'd go to so many events this month (four within five weeks) but didn't realise when I accepted the invites how they would clash with comics deadlines. I'll pace things differently next year. I really enjoy going to conventions but I've taken too many on this year (15 which I've cut back to 12). My apologies to those of you expecting to see me at the Coventry show. My next event will be the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal, over the weekend of 13th to 15th October. 

In the meantime, if you're free on Sunday, go along to the Coventry Comic Con and give it your support. Details at the link.
https://www.coventrycomiccon.uk

The name's Girl... Tank Girl

The third issue of the new Tank Girl series, The Wonderful World of Tank Girl, arrives after Christmas with a spy spoof theme. Even the logo is based on The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 

Here's the info...

(W) Alan Martin (A/CA) Brett Parson
The third in a series of four stand-alone stories!
Tank Girl goes undercover and Sub Girl goes under the covers in this spy-thriller epic! The gang find themselves at the mercy of Australia's nastiest crime syndicate, and there's only one way out - acting like a bunch of stupid secret agents!

Published by Titan Comics.
In Shops: Dec 27, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Champions to headline Mighty World of Marvel

Next month, The Champions takes over as the headline strip in The Mighty World of Marvel, the British reprint anthology. The last few issues have seen Guardians of the Galaxy on the masthead, but the arrival of the Champions team of teen heroes will herald a change to the comic. 

The Black Widow also returns in her own series that issue too. Personally I'd have thought that having her as the headline strip would have attracted more attention (with Natasha being one of Marvel's movie stars) but hopefully the Champions will bring in new readers too. 

The Mighty World of Marvel No.14 (featuring The Champions) goes on sale on 19th October.

Incidentally, September 30th will be the 45th anniversary of the launch of the first series of Mighty World of Marvel, back in 1972! Here's an article I wrote about that issue for its 40th anniversary five years ago:
https://lewstringer.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/40-year-flashback-mighty-world-of.html

Curiously, the cover of the next issue (shown above) does have some similarities to that very first cover, with today's versions of a Hulk, Spider-Man, and a stretchable superhero (Ms.Marvel)!

Meanwhile, this month's issue has only just been published, along with the latest issues of Essential X-Men and Deadpool Unleashed. You'll find them in WH Smith and selected newsagents. Here's the info...


MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL #13. On sale 21st September!
76 pages of Marvel Universe adventure! Three awesome stories! £3.99!
The Guardians of the Galaxy face the terrifying power of Mother Entropy! By Jim Starlin and Alan Davis!
A Civil War II chapter! Ms Marvel takes a stand in the conflict – and her life changes forever! By G Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona!
Another Civil War II chapter! Nick Fury crosses swords with the Black Widow! More spy action from Declan Shalvey!
Featuring material first printed in GOTG: Mother Entropy #3-4, Ms Marvel #11 and Civil War II: Choosing Sides #4.

ESSENTIAL X-MEN #15. On sale 21st September!
76 pages of Mutant Mayhem! Three uncanny tales! £3.99!
At last the dark truth can be revealed: what happened between Cyclops and the Inhumans that led to disaster for the X-Men? Find out in ‘Death of X’ By Jeff Lemire, Charles Soule and Aaron Kuder!
Magneto discovers the power behind the new breed of weaponized mutants! By Cullen Bunn and Greg Land!
The Original X-Men battle demons in Miami! By Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley!
Featuring material first printed in Death of X #1, Uncanny X-Men #13-14 and All-New X-Men #16


DEADPOOL UNLEASHED #6. On sale 21st September!
76 pages of Marvel’s hottest hero! Three amazing stories! £3.99!
Why are homicidal maniacs dressing as superheroes?! Deadpool and Hawkeye are gonna find out – or die trying! By Gerry Duggan and Matteo Lolli!
Deadpool is now a duck – and he's taking Howard into space! More craziness from Stuart Moore and Jacopo Camagni!
Deadpool tries to rescue Negasonic Teenage Warhead! More action from Cullen Bunn and Iban Coello!
Featuring material first printed in Deadpool: Mercs for Money #4, Deadpool the Duck #2 and Hawkeye vs Deadpool #0-1.
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