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:
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.
From the rock issue of Heavy Metal, here's my favourite Angus McKie piece, even over and above his brilliant So Beautiful & So Dangerous. It's a rock n'roll fable in the classic tradition, and cries out to be read over a Sabbath or Zep soundtrack. In fact, it really should've been in the HM movie.
Let There Be Rock.
Hey, didja check out this week's Kids From Rec. Road already? We're still on the hunt for That Darn Arnold Lipshitz, the kid with greatest comic collection in town, and this week, we introduce our very own man-monster The Gargantuan Graham-Thing, because Whatever Knows Fear.... Oh, you heard that one already?
As always, we're just a swerve of your mouse to the right there and a click on the link for more free fantabulous frolics and fun.
Back to the Silver Age now, for one of those super silly World's Finest stories where Bats, Supes & Robin fight aliens. Y'know, one of those tales everybody says they hate, and that ruined the Darknight Detective for years, but that always raise a smile and that we all like really.
My personal Bronze Age was still full of reprints like this, and I had no problem slotting them right alongside more 'serious' fare, and enjoying them in the spirit they were intended.
After all, I didn't know the Silver Age was over and we were now in the Bronze Age. Nobody told me.
This one, The Super-Foes From Planet X, has always stuck with me, if only for the scene with the matchbox and the genius way Batman escapes the trap the alien's put them all into.
Go on, smile. You know you want to.
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