Thursday, 31 December 2015

Supercats Double Bill



Been a while since we checked in on those fabulous feline furies the Supercats, so how about a double bill? Or in the case of the first story, a quadruple bill as the gals find themselves up against that hoariest of comic book cliches, the evil robot duplicates of themselves.
Lucky that Warren / 1984's champion sleazemeister Bill DuBay never got his mitts on this strip, or even he would've run out of different words for pulchritudinous. Not to mention probably renaming the team's spaceship to another feline based word beginning with 'P'...






And here the girls get the cover slot, facing off against The Black Queen, Though not the Black Queen from Barbarella else we'd probably have to call Bill again...




Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Lemmy



I know, it's not comics, but I just heard Lemmy died. Lemmy?? Died??? How is that even possible?
For an eon, the joke has been: When World War III happens, the only survivors will be Keith Richards, Lemmy and cockroaches.
I guess all we can do is play a song. Here's the moment that iconic rock n'roll met iconic comedy, the moment when everybody in England went: Wow! Motorhead!
It's Lemmy on The Young Ones.

Monday, 28 December 2015

Snappy Sammy Smoot



Skip Williamson's eternal innocent, Snappy Sammy Smoot, appeared all over the place throughout the Bronze Age, from undergrounds like Bijou Funnies & Comix Book, to The National Lampoon.
Sammy is comics' version of Candide, or a sharper dressed Goodman Beaver depending on which reference works better for you.
He's myopically optimistic, innocent to the point of delusion, and just a little bit more lost in the modern world than the rest of us, which helps to sweeten Williamson's satire and make his points a little less savage than they might be.
Skip has a brilliantly surreal drawing style ( ripped off by a million advertising and poster illustrators throughout the early '70's ), and I can weirdly see Sammy popping up in the background of a C.C. Beck Shazam! strip of the time. He'd fit right in next to Sunny Sparkle.


Skip clearly also loves words and how they can combine, making rhythyms that are just funny in and of themselves. Try saying some of Sammy's dialogue out loud without laughing.









And don't think he can't get down wit th' yout' of today, either. Oh no, Sammy knows how to update his act in line with changing fashions.


Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Jonah Hex: Christmas In An Outlaw Town



Christmas is all about family, so they say. Even for Jonah Hex, who's spending this holiday season with his dear ol' dad. Wait, would that be the same dear ol' dad who sold Jonah into slavery when he was just a kid? Well, at least they don't have to watch the umpteenth repeat of Only Fools & Horses.


Sunday, 20 December 2015

Happy Xmas, Chuck!



I am Charlie Brown. I know that now, and have come to terms with it. We can all fool ourselves, and say we're just like Conan or Frank Castle in our ability to know exactly what to do in any situation, to take life by the throat and take no shit. But in reality, we're all Chuck. That's why Peanuts is The World's Greatest Comic Strip, and why I'll post it here at the drop of a hat. Luckily it's Christmas, so I don't need an excuse. I guarantee not a single british channel will show A Charlie Brown Christmas this year, 'cos they never do. To make up for that, here's some of the gang's classic yuletide strips from throughout the '70's.











And if you, like me & Snoops, are about to have a Poochie Christmas, remember it's only once a year. Just drink more to cope with it.