Tuesday, 29 July 2014

1988: BEYOND 2000AD: THE LAW OF DREDD Issue 1 (Quality Comics)

This is one of the many US reprints of 2000AD fare churned-out in the 1980s and early 1990s (before DC Comics licensed JD and nixed the existing titles as part of the deal) from the oh-so-inappropriately named Quality Comics (several years after Dez Skinn had parted ways with the company).

THE LAW OF DREDD, like the other Quality books of the time, depended on reprints from 2000AD and slapped-on new covers which, other than featuring the character, often had naff-all to do with the contents inside.  

From the 8th issue, this started to appear under the Fleetway Quality masthead after the British publisher started to take a more hands-on interest in the reprints.  It eventually clocked-up 33 issues.  


Another Mighty Marvel UK seasonal one-shot: THE INCREDIBLE HULK SUMMER SPECIAL 1982, published alongside the second incarnation (launched in May) of the Green Goliath's weekly.


More BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (or… a close approximation of it), this time from MARVEL UK's FRANTIC WINTER SPECIAL, published in late 1979.

Dez Skinn had previously been the boss at the British edition of MAD MAGAZINE so it's no wonder that he'd repeat the formula at his new new home.  

This was the second FRANTIC one-shot (following Skinn's tried-and-tested piloting process before committing to a regular launch) and was followed by a monthly the following year.

I imagine that this strip was reprinted from the 47th issue of Marvel's US MAD imitator CRAZY MAGAZINE although I don't have a copy to hand to double-check.  

The cover art is recycled from CRAZY issue 16, published in the States during the 1975 festive season (and cover-dated March 1986).

Tuesday, 13 May 2014


This is a page, featuring the Colonial Viper from BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, from the 1978 one-shot book/ magazine FAMOUS SPACESHIPS OF FACT AND FANTASY.  

There were similar pages devoted to the Cylon Raider, Moonbase Eagle, X-Wing Fighter, T.I.E Fighter and the TV-era Enterprise and I'll post them here from time-to-time.

The 'ketchup' stain is a design quirk… honest.

Monday, 28 April 2014


This is the only classic-era STAR TREK ANNUAL published by Marvel UK in late 1979 to coincide with the film's Christmas release.  It reprinted Marvel's adaptation of THE MOTION PICTURE, published in the States in MARVEL SUPER SPECIAL and the first three issues of the ongoing Trek monthly.

In the UK, it was serialised in FUTURE TENSE a year later.

The Trek annuals had previously been published by World Distributors who licensed reprints of the notoriously off-message US Gold Key comics.

Marvel UK published one more Trek annual: a companion to their short-lived STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION comic which, like the title that spawned it, took its contents from DC Comics and the licensed Starlog magazines.  


This is a MARVEL UK House Ad for their SUMMER SPECIALS from 1980…

WESTERN GUNFIGHTERS was the first of three specials that raided Marvel's infrequently-seen Western back catalogue.  I've posted about these here.

The CAPTAIN BRITAIN SPECIAL drew from some of the later (possibly because they were originally published in black & white) CB solo strips from a few years earlier.  Dez Skinn dusted off a few more for the pages of HULK COMIC.

WARRIOR WOMEN was an unusually edgy entry starring Shanna and others.  Find the cover here.

YOUNG ROMANCE is one of the rarest Marvel Specials of the period and seldom resurfaces in the secondary market.  That's probably because Marvel's usual collectors and readers passed at the time.  It still spawned the similar YOUNG ROMANCE POCKET BOOK.

Saturday, 26 April 2014


Apologies for not posting for donkey's ages… a mixture of work and sheer laziness has meant that I've not had a chance to scan a new batch of bits'n'bobs to post here.

I'll try and do more in future.

In the meantime, be sure to browse the previous posts…

And… here's a memorable British TV commercial, produced to encourage the Great British Public to purchase shares in the formally nationalised power generation infrastructure.  There were several but this is the only one with a STAR TREK/ Starlogged connection (that I can recall anyway).  As you'll see, it was filmed on Paramount's STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION sets and utilises stock SFX from the movie series.

Thursday, 9 January 2014


Howdy one-and-all!

Apologies for the lack of updates for the last few weeks.  The traditional pre-Christmas deadline crunch meant that I had to devote my STARLOGGED time to extra hours at work.

Then the Christmas/ New Years period meant my mind - and body - were elsewhere.

And 2014 has seen another spike in work which, once again, is gobbling up my free time.

Usual service will be resumed in the near future.

Take care!

ITEM - REVOLUTIONARY WAR hit the stores this week.  I've got my copy (and the variant cover version too), although I've not had a chance to read it yet, so be sure to seek it out.  The DARK ANGEL one-shot ships next week.

ITEM - It was announced over Christmas that - predictably - STAR WARS comics will be coming home in 2015 when the license moves in-house and shifts from Dark Horse to Disney subsidery the House of Ideas.  No one saw that coming…

ITEM - Brits can go Partwork-crazy at the moment with new launches of a STAR WARS reference work (which looks suspiciously similar to one that appeared a few years ago and will go instantly out-of-date when the new TV shows and movies start to hit), another series of MARVEL HARDBACK GRAPHIC NOVELS (this time themed around characters and teams) and a MARVEL CHESS PIECE collection.  The first issues of all three are out now and discounted to lure in the punters.  There's no sign of a national release for the very promising sounding GERRY ANDERSON hardback graphic novels, reprinting the back catalogue of strip adaptations, yet… which is a shame.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

1992: NIGHT RAVEN: HOUSE OF CARDS House Ad (Marvel UK)

This is a nice, appropriately noir, advert for the second edition of MARVEL UK's revival of NIGHT RAVEN: HOUSE OF CARDS.

The Graphic Novel had already appeared once, with a different cover, to little fanfare a couple of years earlier (a serialised reprint in STRIP was nixed when the anthology was unexpectedly cancelled the issue before the run was due to start) but was dusted off for another edition as part of Paul Neary's attempts to exploit the (minimal) M-UK back catalogue during the GENESIS 92 era.

Either edition is worth grabbing…


The 1991 DOCTOR WHO WINTER SPECIAL, from MARVEL UK, had a U.N.I.T theme with an inevitable tilt towards the Pertwee era (including a nice new seven-page comic strip, by Dan Abnett and Brian Williamson, pitting the dandy Doc against the Master).

Another nice touch was a cutaway (in the EAGLE, TV CENTURY 21 tradition) of the "Alien" (aka The Whomobile), Pertwee's indulgence as rendered by Lee Sullivan.

Text fiction came courtesy of Abnett and Colin Baker.  Yup, the sixth Doctor tried to make amends for a lack of U.N.I.T action in his truncated run by crafting his own encounter with the Brigadier.

The remaining pages were filled-out with the usual excellent articles readers had, by 1991, come to expect from the magazine.

- To Be Continued - 
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