Tuesday, 27 November 2018

The Kids From Rec. Road's Imaginary Friend

This week on The Kids From Rec. Road, Dave has an imaginary friend. Who only I can see. Click over to the right there to see how I deal with the news in my usual calm, understanding manner.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Gerry Haylock's Dr. Who

I can't resist. Let's do some full on Gerry Haylock. Countdown / TV Action ran from 1971 to 1973 and featured, well, all your fave TV shows in strips by all your fave Brit artists of the time. Look at this roll call:
Brian Lewis, Frank Bellamy, Martin Asbury, John M. Burns, Frank Langford, Ron Embleton, the list goes on.
But as we were talking about the great Haylock, here he is with 2nd best Doctor ever ( don't bother arguing, you know I'm right ) Jon Pertwee. I could've picked any of Gerry's Dr. Who strips, them all being wonderful, but I chose this piece for one reason.
Remember all those competitions you entered as a kid, where you had to design a new character, and the prize was to have your creation featured in an actual comic strip...?

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Gerry Haylock's Just William

Our old pal Colin Brown is doing some great detective work at the moment, locating rare treasures even I've never heard of, and in the process saving me a whole load of work ( ! )
Like the always great Gerry Haylock for instance. British fans will, as Colin says, remember Haylock instantly, for a ton of great work in Countdown / TV Action. But that isn't all he did. Here's Colin:

Gerry Haylock is a name which will be instantly recognisable to UK comic readers of a certain age. In the late 60s and early 70s, my favourites were Land of the Giants in Joe 90:

UFO in Countdown:

& Doctor Who also in Countdown:

Around the same time, I also enjoyed reading Richmal Crompton’s William books. In the early 70s, Armada released the books in new paperback editions with covers which unusually depicted William as if the stories were written in modern times. I really liked those covers and had quite a few of them. Imagine my surprise a few months ago to read somewhere that it was Gerry Haylock who had illustrated the covers. It’s obvious once you know but clearly my 12 year old brain wasn’t sharp enough at the time to put two and two together.