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1. The Defenders and Netflix: I Would LIKE To Save You Money....

...but there are too many dumb-asses out there who will not listen.

Below: The comic book DEFENDERS!

You all went crazy buying over the top criminal prices to dealers for the "next movie" character comics -The Sub-Mariner.  I told you and quoted sources that there was NO Sub-Mariner movie. You still got conned.

Below the Netflix-Marvel Defenders

Netflix is producing The Defenders which, like Guardians of the Galaxy has nothing to do with the Bronze Age Marvel Comics series.

Don't get robbed by dealers. The Netflix series is NOTHING to do with the old comics.

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2. Hamelin Newsletter 22nd July 2016

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3. Cinebook The 9th Art: Blake & Mortimer 23: Professor Sato's Three Formulae

Author: Edgar P. Jacobs
Age: 10 years and up
Size: 21.7 x 28.7 cm
Number of pages: 56 colour pages
Publication: May 2016
ISBN   9781849183031
Price £7.99 inc VAT
Professor Sató, who has made incredible advances in the field of cybernetics, has been kidnapped by Olrik. A cautious man, Sató had revealed to Professor Mortimer the hiding place of the three formulae that govern his discoveries, and asked him to protect them if need be. Unfortunately, Mortimer is eventually captured as well, and Olrik makes a robotic copy of him to retrieve the formulae. Now, though, Captain Blake is coming to Japan, hell bent on finding his old friend…

You can see the review of part 1 here:http://hoopercomicart.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/cinebook-9th-art-blake-mortimer-22.html

The above cover blurb sounds "so-so", right?  Oh boy, wait til you get the book. Testing of the robots and ultimate Mortimer robot -out on a mission including flying up the side of a building and crashing through a window to await its victim!  Reminded me so much of the original appearance of Marvel's Silver Age Vision!

Will the robot be defeated? Even if it is then it will not be the end of things!

I thought this volume might be good but this was an all out treat for a 1960s kid who grew up on TVs The Avengers and Cybernauts -in fact kids TV obsessed with robots and that's before we get to all the near sci fi spy thrillers -Agent of H.A.R.M.  et al and let's not forget the Steranko Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D..  With Hollywood still obsessed with sci fi, spies and action movies you have to wonder whether any execs there even know of Blake and Mortimer -this story alone would make a great movie.

Dump the Marvel and DC comics or at least try this two-parter because if it doesn't hook you...

But have we reached the crest of the wave with Professor Sato's Three Formulae? I can't wait to find out!

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4. I FINALLY Have That Last Russian Tarzan Comic!

And here I was thinking that CBO would never be useful!  Also, I thought that I would never get the 4th issue of the Tarzan comic from Russia I mentioned (see article below).

Evgeny from Russia read this article and he sent me a scan of issue 4!  And now he has, I hope, the scanned issues he needed -5 and 6 (there were only 6 issues apparently).

I had hoped that, with Russia providing the highest views after the United States someone might be able to help and they have.  Thank you, Evgeny!

Ahh.  Here is the article.


TARZAN! Tarzan Swings! Tarzan Falls! Tarzan Hurts--

Below Gara Jungle Lord based on the character from Swan Comics...by Stransky & Labbat!

Yesterday evening I was looking through my Byblos editions of Tarzan comics which, incidentally, are US reprints in black and white and not new material so if someone tries to con you with a high price remember that.

I think for my generation Ron Ely (later to be Doc Savage -sadly only one movie) was the Tarzan because of the 1960s TV series. Of course we appreciated Johnny Weissmuller and some of those original movies were quite graphic -man with arrow in head for example, but that was before movies started censoring!

Gordon Scott was the muscle man Tarzan, Lex Barker, Mike Henry but as the 1980s rolled in things went very wrong.  Sorry, Mr. Lambert, BIG fan after seeing the movie Subway but as Tarzan.....?  And Di$neys gut-wrenching Tarzan...I can hardly keep my dinner down thinking about it -puerile, festering heap.

You do realise I'm not going to refer to the porn Tarzan movies, right?

Ahem. But back to Tarzan as a character. Lord Greystoke's son, yes, but I think the idea of "the noble white savage" in "civilised" society can only go so far.

My favourite Gold Key -but published by Top Sellers in the UK- Tarzan comic strip was Tarzan and The Lost Empire which for some reason I keep calling "Tarzan And The Lost City" -mixing up Tarzan And The Forbidden City there but I am old. .  Still fills me with nostalgia today -story and the artwork.  Need to get an enlargement of certain pages for display.   Thinking about it, I checked and in fact I did mention this briefly here: http://hoopercomicart.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/who-are-your-favourite-comic-book.html
I just found by accident while putting some German comics away this one from 1971:
I even have some (not complete series) Tarzan comics that I wrote about a while back but in case you missed it: Tarzan Sohn Der Affen (Tarzan Son Of The Apes) nummer 15 -another Dell/Western reprint published this time by Bildschriftenverlag GmbH or BSV for short.

 Тарзан or Tarzan. A Russian Comic Series

Many years ago, in a time when there was no internet (children: breath slowly into a brown paper bag) we did things "old school"...we wrote.  Pens and writing on paper.

To cut back on the sarcasm and get to the point, I was contacted by a Wladimir Malyschew (it is a long time ago so I apologise if my spelling and memory is off here).  I think he contacted me after reading the German magazine Watcher in which my German super hero group, D-Gruppe, had just been published.

We corresponded and I sent him a couple of the Tolkien books he was interested in and I got a couple batches of Russian comics/childrens magazines.

There were some issues of  Murzilka --be warned: people on ebay are selling these as Russian "comic books" which they are NOT!  My favourite, however, were Tap3aH  or Tarzan. I did have issues 1-6 of this series published by the SLOVO Association, however, no. 4 is amongst the stolen comics from my collection. 

Just over 7 ins long and just under 5 ins high (about 10 x 17 cms) issues 1 and two unfold, concertina-like, to a length of just under 3 feet (90cms)  but issues 3-6 conform to a badly guillotined 8.5 ins x 5.75 ins (about 22 x 14.5 cms).  Issue 3 has a slightly glossy paper but all the others are the usual Russian standard for the period.

True, the artwork is not comparable to say, Joe Kubert or one of the other American Tarzan comic artists, however, to me that does not matter.  The old Soviet Union did not have an organised comics industry.  Comics were rather "superfluous" to the Soviet mind. My Russian is not good enough to see if there is any credit regarding the writer/artist though that might have been seen as egotism and all I know is that the SLOVO Association published this.

As we are getting a very large number of hits on CBO from Russia perhaps someone there knows something about SLOVO or the creators of this comic?

As I mentioned, the art is a bit crude and the apes look more like reported Sasquatch than chimpanzees or gorillas. But this is genuine, budding Russian comic book art and I just love them. I have no idea how long the series ran (but I doubt I'll ever see a complete set!). 

Someone from a Samizdat (look it up) magazine was introduced to me by a Czech comic fan at one of my last UK Comic Art Conventions in London and I was interviewed and praised this Tarzan series. No idea if the interview ever got published but...

So, here, I present the first issue, low res scans, followed by the covers to the other issues I have.
Enjoy...more of my Soviet "comics" to follow!

Covers :

Anyway, in the movies and comics Tarzan got to travel a fair bit but I think the adventures in uncharted Africa are my favourites.  If you've read any of my books you'll know that there was and is (?) a lot of weird stuff in Africa and wars and much more have meant that some areas can still be called "untouched by man".  According to the BBC Future page:http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20141127-the-last-unmapped-places

"....maps can overestimate their creators’ geographic worth, or reveal bias against certain places. Africa’s true size, for example, has been chronically downplayed throughout the history of mapmaking, and even now, non-Africans tend to underestimate the size of that truly massive continent – which is large enough to cover China, the US and much of Europe."

And, further, on this very day, 23rd January, 2016, we find a headline on The Telegraph: Scientists discover new forest with undiscovered species on Google Earth. Yes, it might sound ridiculous but a 'new' jungle.  But there is far more and if you don't believe me here is part of the item, the rest can be found here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/earthnews/3884623/Scientists-discover-new-forest-with-undiscovered-species-on-Google-Earth.html

"The mountainous area of northern Mozambique in southern Africa had been overlooked by science due to inhospitable terrain and decades of civil war in the country.
However, while scrolling around on Google Earth, an internet map that allows the viewer to look at satellite images of anywhere on the globe, scientists discovered an unexpected patch of green.
A British-led expedition was sent to see what was on the ground and found 7,000 hectares of forest, rich in biodiversity, known as Mount Mabu.
In just three weeks, scientists led by a team from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew found hundreds of different plant species, birds, butterflies, monkeys and a new species of giant snake.
The samples which the team took are now back in Britain for analysis...."


The point I'm trying to make in a very long-winded way is that there is enough in Africa for Tarzan or any other jungle action hero.  For instance: how did the British hero Tiger-man, in Africa, get bitten by a sabre-toothed tiger?  Why did Gara -Jungle Lord have a "tame" tiger in Africa?  That would be an interesting cryptozoological adventure in itself.

Rodney Dearth took The Iron Warrior to "Darkest Africa" for adventure.  I then, like an idiot, transplant him to South America -though Ben Dilworth has written and drawn strips based in both those lands.

And then we have Halcon -Lord of the Crater Land which is clearly placed in Africa though not stated -natives and Arab slavers gives the game away since Arab slavers in South America (where one "comics historian" who has obviously never read the strip placed it) is a bit of an economic if not practical problem!

Of course, with Black Tower, Halcon was firmly established as being in Africa, even fighting alongside Captain Namibia and other African heroes.

I really need to get into more jungle action -drawing not actually going to Africa to look for adventure! Inspiration is there in the form of Tarzan -Gold Key/Top Sellers, Byblos Editions, the Burne Hogarth'sTarzan of the Apes or the collected Titan Books editions of Hogarth and Don Garden's Tarzan.

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5. Cinebook The 9th art: Valerian 12- The Wrath of Hypsis

Authors: Mézières & Christin
Age: 12 years and up
Size: 21.7 x 28.7 cm
Number of pages: 48 colour pages
Publication: June 2016
 ISBN: 9781849183048
Price: £6.99 inc. VAT

The head of Galaxity’s Spatio-Temporal Service himself has joined Valerian and Laureline at Inverloch Castle. There, among various human and alien allies, he explains to them the threat that looms over Earth: all of the recent incidents, all those important people gone mad and threatening to bring about the apocalypse... All of that is due to the malicious influence of the mysterious planet Hypsis. But Hypsis is a world that moves from system to system – it’ll need to be pinpointed first...

Volume 12. If you have never read a Cinebook series then you have missed out. This series in particular is one I cannot recommend highly enough. For the first time, comic readers who do not speak French or German or any of the languages Valerian and Laureline have been translated into...well, those people can now read twelve volumes in English!

If I never thought that we would see over 50 volumes of Lucky Luke in English then I certainly never expected to see Valerian and Laureline -though Olivier Cadic did sort of hint at this a good ways back.

In production already are vol. 13 On The Frontiers , Vol. 14 The Living Weapons, Vol. 15  The Circles of Power and Vol. 16  Hostages Of Ultralum.

I can't give too much away because the pacing is so well balanced between "the mundane", back story and action that writing "Wait until you see page 36!" or "Whoa! Page 38!"  will spoil it.  Splash page 12 -! Now, I've read some -some- Valerian in German and the United Kingdom editions ( World Without Stars, Welcome to Alflolol and Heroes of the Equinox) by Hodder-Dargaud in 1984 and 1985 but I have yet to see those stories I read in Zack in English.  And that kinda gets me excited with anticipation.

This series is not simply "Some European science fiction comic" -it is more than that. The writing and art style fools you. Page 1..."meh"  Page 3...hmm-meh!" Final page "WHAT?? You can't leave it like that! What -?" and even when you have a nice clean ending you want more! And you also get to warm to the characters that are definitely not what I've read a couple Americans describe as "basic characterisation"!!  If anything that shows the dopes either cannot read or that if it isn't featuring a super hero then a comic skips past their tiny brain cells.

Whoa. Getting a bit defensive about the series there.  Good example of how it just tickles your nuts before giving them an almighty squeeze.  Yeah, let's try not to think about that too much.

The point is that, when Olivier Cadic set up Cinebook the 9th Art, some of us knew it would be good. But I think we never realised just how good and with Valerian and Laureline you are surfing the crest of the European comic wave.

Was I being too cryptic here?  Okay.....


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6. Valerian and Besson Heading For SDCC

You do wonder about these things.

American comic people have never really shown that much interest in the Valerian comic albums -they were in French after all.  However, there are a few who know the character and have read the small selection of English language volumes before (I believe three?).

Valerian and Laureline are  European comics legends. I found that out reading the German comic Zack in the 1970s and in the 1980s and early 1990s German Small Press titles such as Zebra wore their Mezieres and Christin influences with pride.

So, why, you might ask, does Besson (who directed what I called a "modern sci-fantasy movie" -The Fifth Element- have to take the Valerian movie to peddle at San Diego Comic con?  I was thinking about this at 0300 hrs this morning.

There are big film festivals in Europe so I'm guessing Valerian has been featured at one of those.  But Comic events? There is Angouleme, of course, but if you go up to most comic buyers and ask "What is Angouleme?" you'll probably get the response: "Is it the new Guardians of the Galaxy villain?" Whereas, if you as "What is San Diego/SDCC?" you will likely get 100% respond "A comic convention!" (it IS also a city by-the-way).

And Hollywood is desperate -desperate- for new ideas and avenues to explore...I guess SDCC makes sense.

I also note that Cara Delevingne has received some nasty remarks for her role as Loreline. Before fan trailers or the movie has appeared. These critics are usually men, seem to be American and I doubt whether they have even read the comic albums since some cannot even spell the character name right! These are usually the people who cannot write, draw and certainly will never get a position in a movie company so build up their bile because, and there are a LOT of these turds out there, they think it makes them cool.

Anyway, on with the SDCC post.

Luc Besson & EuropaCorp Heading to San Diego Comic-Con with ‘Valerian’

[UPDATE] The panel for Valerian will be held on Thurday, July 21 from 1PM-2PM in Hall H. Along with director Luc Besson, stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne will also appear. There will also be “potential surprise guests” to give the first public sneak peek at the film.

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the upcoming 2017 Luc Besson film, Valerian, is heading to San Diego Comic-Con.

Although Besson and his studio EuropaCorp made a splashy premiere at the European film showcase CineEurope last year, and many expected them to return in 2016 – EuropaCorp marketing manager Bruno Perez told THR that “Besson would be returning to Comic-Con again in July with exclusive footage from the shoot” for upcoming film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Besson actually did attend Comic-Con in 2015 to show off Valerian already – just not to the masses. Instead, he gave a small gathering of journalists in town a private showing of some footage, and stated that he wasn’t ready to show everyone just yet. Looks like that time is going to be next month.

Set in the 28th century, Valerian follows a duo of special government operatives played by Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevinge , as they try to maintain order throughout the universe. They embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis inhabited by thousands of species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time – uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all.

Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger. The film also stars Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, Rihanna, and John Goodman.

While Valerian just wrapped and likely won’t be able to fill a complete hour of programming in (what we assume will be) Hall H, EuropaCorp also has the upcoming Shut In (a physchological thriller starring Naomi Watts and Oliver Platt) and The Lake (starring J.K. Simmons and Sullivan Stapleton, about a team of Navy SEALs searching for hidden treasure in a Bosnian lake).

In addition to last year’s private screening for journalists, Besson also appeared at Comic-Con International’s WonderCon Anaheim convention in 2014, to promote Lucy.

You can read the full article on The Hollywood Reporter.

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7. THE Most Viewed Post Ever On CBO Just Hit OVER 14,000 Views -Which Was It?

What is the all time most viewed post on CBO?

It was posted here, from the old WordPress CBO, on 2nd February, 2011 and to date the total number of views stand at: 14,864

There was an up-dated item looking at Mr Gordon's Chang3lings dolls and action figures business as well as his incredible graphic novel Cosmic Oddity here:


But I think the total views for the interview is a kick in the eye to those who were his detractors. Talent wins out.

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8. Fancy a Scare??

Like going for late night walks?  Keep your windows open in the hot weather?

I have a cure for that! Pop over to the Anomalous Observational Phenomena blog for The Werewolf of Kladno!!

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9. Lot Of Views Today.....

Thank you Russian Comickers!

Just to let you know. Last time I looked Google+ views were at 2,910,402. Just checked and they are now at 2,924,902.
Today's stats for CBO so far:

United States
United Kingdom

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10. Cinebook The 9th Art: Lament of the Lost Moors 4 - Kyle of Klanach

Authors: Rosinski & Dufaux
Age: 15 years and up
Size: 18.4 x 25.7 cm
Number of pages: 56 colour pages
Publication: May 2016

ISBN: 9781849183000
Price: £7.99 inc. VAT

The Gerfauts’ schemes have born fruit. Siobhán drank the blood of Brigga the Witch, and evil has taken hold of her. Once a wise and generous ruler, she has become merciless, and is entirely devoted to Lady Gerfaut’s son, whom she soon marries. Her own mother, Lady O’Mara, isn’t invited to the wedding, and Séamus, her protector, is powerless to help. The last glimmer of hope lies with Kyle of Klanach and his unwavering love and loyalty...

Well, this volume comes to me out of the blue as I've not seen the third volume.  However, you can find reviews for 1 and 2 here:

Lament of the Lost Moors 1

Lament of the Lost Moors 2

I don't get all the Cinebook titles so I'm guessing that as vol.3 was titled Lady Gerfaut, the story from that leads into this one?

The story is quite good, though I'm missing a lot set up by the previous volume.  There are twists and turns and some very nice characterisation -but Dufaux is a good writer after all so that shouldn't be unexpected.

Rosinski delivers great art. Get pass the colouring (by Graza) and you can see Rosinki's use of stipling and other techniques that if used too heavily would swamp the colour.  The balance is just right.

I can't write too much as it might spoil something set up in volume 3 so I try to avoid that type of thing. You can be guaranteed a great story and great art and it is well worth investing in the first two volumes and seeing what you think!

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11. Hey It's.......

...The Hull werewolf....or one of them!

Based on recent comments and looking at more recent events...and it being far too hot to do anything...

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12. No Matter Where You Are: Remember.....

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13. Mr Dilworth: Package Received!

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14. Why Being Honest about Ghostbusters is Important

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15. [MV] 여자친구(GFRIEND) _ 너 그리고 나 (NAVILLERA)

No problem with J-pop but, honestly, I wanted to show this as an example of what NOT to do. Jumpy little tune but with a video that is so lifeless it might have been filmed at a Sunday Baptist church meeting.

It really is not the sort of video I could see J-poppers outside of Japan (or in Japan) getting too excited over.                                          
Seriously -NO ONE??? Thought I might drag a few comments in. Look at the text and listen....this is K-Pop. Korean. I try.

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16. Civil war II -A MAJOR Character is killed off....as if anyone really cares anymore.

I love it when people who have never read the comics but probably saw the movies come up with these pieces.

Here's one for you: Hawkeye was "a major character" killed off.  The Wasp was "a major character" killed off. Johnny Storm, The Human Torch, was "a major character" killed off.  Captain America, Steve Rogers, was "a major character" killed off.

 In fact, every living thing in the Marvel Comics universe has been killed off and brought back so many times I've lost count. 

But even the person writing this post at least knows some have been killed off. But it is the "spin" put on this every week occurrence by the latest in a long line of lame Marvel Editor in Chiefs that takes all the gall you can summon up.

Here's Ben Arnold's piece:

A Major Marvel Character Has Been Killed Off... But Who Is It?


Get your hankies ready, because one of the Avengers is no more.

The latest instalment of ‘Civil War II’ has just landed, courtesy of Marvel Comics, and there’s been a hugely significant casualty.


It’s Bruce Banner… aka The Hulk. And as if that’s not dramatic enough for you, he’s killed by none other than Clint Barton, otherwise known as Hawkeye.

The action had been pre-warned by Marvel following the last issue of the comic, which foretold 'One of the biggest heroes in the Marvel Universe will fall!’

And the action had also pointed to the fact that The Hulk was set to hulk-smash the other Avengers to bits, so something obviously had to give.

Plus the fact that Banner had given Hawkeye a special arrow to do the mercy killing job with, should things start going awry.

 Of course, the Marvel Comics universe is one of some considerable flux, with characters having been killed off in the past, only to return in different books.

Captain America and Spider-Man have also 'died’ in the past, only to pitch up again.

But it seems final – at least for now – and it’s the first time this had happened to Banner/The Hulk’s character, an increasingly volatile force in the comic books and the Marvel movies.

“This is uncharted territory for us,” Marvel Editor in Chief Axel Alonso told the New York Daily News.

“Only two things are for certain: it will take a long, long time for our heroes to come to terms with his loss, and the circumstance surrounding his death will leave a huge scar on the superhero community.”

“Fans may be outraged, and there are probably ‘Hawkeye’ writers who I’m very good friends with who will also be offended,” added Brian Michael Bendis, the writer of the 'Civil War II’ comic series.

“But the point is that everything that happens in this issue is in character when you discover the hows and whys and wheres.”

Hulk fans should take heart, however… you’ll still get to see him smashing stuff up in 'Thor: Ragnarok’, filming now and due for release in November, 2017.

Image credits: Marvel Comics

“This is uncharted territory for us” -what contemptible bull-shit.  Seriously.  Di$ney (formerly Marvel Comics) really does hold its readers in such high contempt -is this 'historic' and 'ground-breaking' comic going to sell like hot cakes to morons who think "This will be worth a fortune in a year!" or that this actually is permanent?

This is why so many life long Marvel Comics fans in their seventies, sixties and fifties are quitting buying Marvel. See pull-list reviews online and where some used to get every Marvel monthly (like I used to) they come up with one Marvel title on their pull-list...one because its a title her husband reads!

Don't worry, the rumours about the next "Marvel Universe changing event" are already circulating (wait til San Diego Comic Con) and everything will be back in place again. Oh...maybe next time they'll kill of "a major character" -like Wolverine....oh. Uh...nope. They've all been dead before.

It shows how little Di$ney cares for the comic fans because they would NEVER do this with the Marvel Movie Universe because the Hulk+movies=merchandise which =BIG $$$$$ and Di$ney loves big money.

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17. Allow Me To Re-acquaint You With Come On Steve!

I have a couple of the Steve books but this old article needs airing while I still live!

Steve The Horse Comic Strip,DVD and Mystery Statuette

There is,for some of us,a fascination for early British comics and the characters/creators.  Ally Sloper and Steve The Horse I have tried to deal with on my Yahoo British Comic Books Archives group.
And,about five years ago I used pages of art sent to me by the late comic historian Denis Gifford to produce an A5 tribute publication to Roland Davies creation,Steve The Horse –“Come On Steve”.
above:Roland Davies Studio.  Davies is in the cardigan and Steve statue to right
I knew Davies had been involved in animation and had produced features.  However,I guessed that I’d never see these as buying 9.5mm 1930s film seemed like a fantasy.
Until,quite by accident,I was looking for more Davies info when I came across a site run by Grahame L. Newnham and well worth checking out if you have an interest in Pathe or other old films:
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I was an advertisement of Newnham’s for “Come On Steve!”—a complete collection of the character’s animated features on a DVD.  And the price was perfect!
Sadly,ill health put all idea of buying a DVD out of my mind. However,when I recovered and realised that I hadn’t ordered it -I did!
The disc includes:
Steve’s Treasure Hunt  [1936]
Steve Steps Out       [1936]
Steve Of The River  [1937]
Cinderella Steve   [1937]
Steve In
Bohemia  [1937]
Steve’s Cannon Crackers  [1937]
Bal Costume [French Silent version] 1937.
With a wonderfully vintage sound track it might be that some would find, in these somewhat ridiculously over the top politically correct times,Steve Of The River a little “racist” in its depiction of African natives.  But I am totally opposed to retro censorship of historical images [such as using computers to remove the cigar from the mouth of engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel!]. This was the 1930s and the truth is that not everyone was racist!  This was the easiest way for a cartoonist to depict natives in a comical film.
So be warned!
The quality for 70+ year old films is great.  I loved some of the wacky scenes featuring things such as a police gyrocopter!
If you don’t like black and white animation then it’s not for you.  But if you have any interesting the history of British comics,the creators and animation you’ll LOVE this! And Grahame included some nice info fact sheets with background and all for £9.95 + 75p p&p!
Check out the website and contact Grahame for current price in case it’s altered. You won’t be sorry in adding this to your DVD animation collection!
But there is an up-date to this.  After reading the above article,Patti Brown contacted me to see whether I could help her identify a Steve The Horse statuette?  I thought that it must be the studio piece [see photo above].
That idea was quickly shot down.  This was much smaller -you can see it below next to a 50 pence piece.  There is no makers stamp or any other information.  Only one thing is certain,though,the quality and glaze means it was a professional piece rather than a one-off a fan made.  And,there is absolutely no doubt that this is Steve The Horse!

I have tried every toy or comic merchandise auction house/collector I can -nothing.  I even tried BBC TVs Antiques Roadshow -nothing.
Anyone out there have any ideas -I’d like to know details.  Grahame Newnham would like to know details -Patti would definitelylike to know more!
There,thrown open for you comickers.
above:Roland Davies a few months before his death.
Denis Gifford wrote a wonderful obituary for Davieswhich I include below for those interested in the greats of the British Golden Age of comics:
The Independent,Thursday, 16 December 1993
Roland Oxford Davies, cartoonist and animator: born Stourport, Worcestershire 23 July 1904; died 10 December 1993.
ROLAND DAVIES was the epitome of the commercial artist, never happy unless he was drawing or painting. His long career covered sports cartoons, topical cartoons, strip cartoons, animated cartoons, children’s books and boys’ weeklies, and towards the end superb paintings which were sold in art galleries to collectors who never knew of his once famous comic horse, ‘Steve’.
Davies was born at Stourport, Worcestershire, in 1904. His father, a Welsh musician, was a conductor of theatre orchestras with an eye for art. ‘He always encouraged me as a boy,’ recalled Roland, ‘by ruling in the horizon line, which taught me perspective.’ Settling in Ipswich, the boy studied at the Art School there during the evenings, then at 16 spent two years as a full-time student before becoming apprenticed to a lithographer. Here he designed cinema posters and one for the Metropolitan Railway of which he was particularly proud. His obsession with speed, whether by aeroplane, train, racing car or motor-cycle, led him to freelance cartoons to Autocar and Motor Cycle magazines, and when a new weekly, Modern Boy, was launched in 1928 he found a regular home illustrating action stories and supplying wonderful two- colour covers depicting roaring motors and zooming planes.
Curiously, his greatest success came with the very antithesis of all this speed: a lumbering, genial old cart-horse in a weekly strip cartoon called ‘Come On, Steve]’ – the inspired title was the cry that sprang from a thousand racegoers’ throats as the jockey Steve Donoghue galloped to yet another win. Davies took his sample strips – devised over a weekend – down Fleet Street, trying first the Evening News, then the Evening Standard, then the Daily Express. Arthur Christiansen, showing the editorial acumen for which he became famous, took the strip to his editor on the Sunday Express, and the following week, on 6 March 1932, Steve made his top-of-the-page debut. Davies was pounds 4 a week richer, a fee that was shortly doubled.
‘Come On, Steve’ was soon so popular that Davies conceived the idea of animating the old carthorse. Buying a stop-frame cine camera for 18 shillings, he set up a studio in his kitchen and spent seven months making a short animated cartoon. Although full of faults, the film when projected gave him the thrill of his lifetime. ‘The biggest thrill in the world was to see my drawings move, even if I had got the speed all wrong, and Steve looked as though he was floating,’ Davies remembered. In his ignorance he had placed his cel-pegs at the top of his camera rostrum instead of the bottom, causing all kinds of odd distortions. ‘Well, I learnt animation from a three-page chapter in an old book,’ he said.

 Above: Two of my little treasures published by Perry Books around 1949/1950 -the books are undated so it makes things difficult but since Davies Steve strip ended c 1949 and he retained his copyright a rough guess at date is made.
However, he had the nerve to show his film to John Woolf of General Film Distributors. Woolf would not give a decision until a soundtrack was added. Davies hired a studio, improvised a track – and was turned down yet again. He lowered his sights and showed his film to Butcher’s, a minor distributor of B-pictures. They promptly gave him a contract for six eight-minute cartoons at pounds 800 each. With finance from his father-in-law, Davies set up an animation studio in Ipswich, staffed by students from the Art School and headed by one professional animator, the young Carl Giles.

One by one the six cartoons were made, this time complete with a signature tune composed by John Reynders, whose orchestra supplied the music track and sound effects. Steve Steps Out was the first, released in December 1936, and a children’s book-of-the-film was published by Collins. Best was Steve of The River (1937), a burlesque of Edgar Wallace’s recent film, Sanders of the River.
When the Sunday Express dropped Steve in 1939 Davies, who had wisely retained the copyright, took the strip over to the Sunday Dispatch. They snapped up Steve with glee, and soon gave Davies the added post of cartoonist. He supplied topical comment in a large weekly drawing, using the pen-name of ‘Rod’. After 10 years in the Dispatch, Steve moved into children’s books, and Davies wrote and drew a full-colour series for Perry’s Colourprints, plus a run of the Come On Steve Annual.
Davies’s work for children’s comics began in 1933 when he drew the cover for the Daily Express Children’s Own, a Saturday supplement starring ‘Larry Leopard’. When DC Thomson’s new comic Beano began in July 1938, Davies drew a tough-guy sheriff, ‘Whoopee Hank’, and ‘Contrary Mary the Moke’, a long-eared donkey who was clearly a close relation to Steve. But his mainline comic work started in 1949 with the weekly serial of ‘Sexton Blake’, the famous boys’ paper detective, in Knockout. For TV Comic he depicted the children’s hour detectives ‘Norman and Henry Bones’, and created the sci-fi superhero ‘Red Ray the Space Ray-nger’ complete with club and badge.
He drew ‘Dixon of Dock Green’ in Swift, ‘Wyatt Earp’, the western television series, and a string of Walt Disney characters (Jungle Book, Peter Pan, Winnie the Pooh) in Disneyland. He even drew the adventures of ‘Woppit’, Donald Campbell’s mascot, in Robin. This linked back to his old speed-mania, and he wrote and illustrated several books such as The Daily Mail Speedway Book (1949) and The Ace Book of Speed (1952).
The continuing pressure of strip art finally grew too much for him, and in his seventies Davies turned to painting. Under the guidance of a publisher turned art dealer, Alan Class, he began producing dramatic seascapes and colourful Parisian street scenes, which found their way into several good galleries.
below:Roland Davies painting

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18. Europe Comics: The SDCC Debut

Europe (July 14th, 2016) - Europe Comics  the newly launched pan-European comics and graphic novel digital venture, uniting 13 European comics industry players, is glad to announce its first full-fledged presence at the San Diego Comic-Con this July 20-24. 

Apart from having its own booth (#1220), Europe Comics will be bringing three of its rising stars: Spaniards Roger (Jazz Maynard) and Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Suicide Forest), and Frenchman Mathieu Reynès (Alter Ego, Harmony). 

 Europe Comics will also host two panels, during which the Europeans will meet, discuss and compare work with Americans Jason Latour (Southern Bastards), Andrew C. Robinson (The Fifth Beatle), Matthew J. Kirby (Assassin’s Creed).

The guest creator titles will be strongly promoted during the SDCC week through live signing and drawing sessions, giveaways and special offers. There will also be significant promotion of two other key titles of the Europe Comics catalog: The Death of Stalin (Nury & Robin, Dargaud), and Valerian (Christin & Mézières, Dargaud/Cinebook), both soon to be adapted into major Hollywood movies directed by Armando Iannucci and Luc Besson, respectively.

About Europe Comics
Launched in November 2015 by a coalition of nine comics publishers, two rights agents, and an audio-visual company, from eight different European countries, Europe Comics is working towards the creation of a pan-European comics catalog, available in English and digital format, a website with comics information for readers and professionals, and a series of author tours and events across Europe and the USA.

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19. Comic Albums, Graphic Novels, Haiku, Illustrated Prose -We Got 'Em!

Seriously, it may have gone past survival time but I am NOT going out without a fight...maybe a whimper!

 See why we are Europe's largest publisher of  Independent Comics.

The Hooper Interviews

The Hooper Interviews!  

 To celebrate, at the time of publication, over 25 years of interviewing comic creators -writers, artists and publishers- this 365 pages book was produced.

Interviewees included Yishan Li, Marv Wolfman, Dave Ryan, John Cooper, Mike Western, Donna Barr, Roberta Gregory, Sonia Leong, Emma Vieceli, Pekka A. Manninen, Alan Class, Karen Rubins, Kate Glasheen, Ron Fortier, Jon Haward, Franco Francavilla, Rick Geary, Tania Del Rio, The Etherington Brothers, Olivier Cadic (Cinebook the 9th Art), Holly Golightly and MANY others.

Profusely illustrated with art and photographs!

Reduced in price until October to £16.80 -an odd price but it's what the printer and lulu.com earn -I get zilch!


All Black Tower comic albums (that is A4 format) are in black & white.  Once you've had black and white you won't go back to colour, baby.

BTCG has specialised in presenting original material covering super heroes, crime, adventure, sci fi, horror as well as illustrated prose -not to mention ground breaking books on "world mysteries" and wildlife.  Oh, and even a huge book of interviews with comic creators and publishers.

All the books are, naturally, available for overseas licence -but we cannot translate work: that will be up to any licensed publisher.

What follows is a brief glimpse at some books but you can visit the online store to see more details and books at:


You  can also find some on Amazon and other sources but they do not make me much money so, come on, buy from the online store and remember that at least these books will be collectibles! 

To contact me please check out "About" at the top of the page -thanks!


Black Tower Comics began in 1984 as a Small Press publisher of A5 (US -Digest size) titles such as Adventure,Presents,Windows and Hanley's Garage.  Then came the news, reviews, previews and interviews publication backed up by the mart and mail order service -Zine Zone (later Zine Zone International).

In 2009, with the innovation in publishing of Print On Demand (POD), Black Tower jumped in head first!

One of the first titles to see print in the new comic album format (A4) was The Bat Triumphant! This saw the complete story, begun in Black Tower Adventure vol. 1.  William A. Ward's long lost 1940s character once again saw print as he fought a host of  enemies in an attempt to reclaim his homeland.


And while The Bat may have fought fist and nail to reclaim his homeland, another 1940s Ward creation, Krakos the Egyptian, seemed far from willing to claim a new Egyptian Empire as promised to him by the Gods.  Tackling a number of foes and even encountering the Many-Eyed One, Krakos turned his back on the gods and the final panel of Krakos -Sands Of Terror, delivered a true twist!

Krakos -Sands Of Terror!

Of course, the flag-ship title had to return!  And so Black Tower Adventure -eventually reaching new heights when the legendary Ben Dilworth jumped on board!  Volume 2 consisted of  ten issues. Just look at these covers....

Black Tower Adventure 1Black Tower Adventure 2BLACK TOWER ADVENTURE 3Black Tower Adventure 4Black Tower Adventure 5Black Tower Adventure 6ADVENTURE 7Black Tower Adventure 8BLACK TOWER ADVENTURE 9Black Tower Adventure 10

And, with something like 40 years worth of files and investigation reports could all that much delving into UFOs, lake and sea creatures and many other mysteries not result in a book or two...or three? Some Things Strange & Sinister, Some More Things Strange & Sinister as well as Pursuing The Strange and Weird: A Naturalist's Viewpoint set a precedence.

Whereas for decades those involved in "UFOlogy", "Cryptozoology" and "Forteana" declared many mysteries, that photographs were lost "to history" and so on, these three books swiped away the false claims.  Alleged lost photographs -found.  'Mysteries' solved by doing actual research work and reading the sources -something others had never done.
Some Things Strange & SinisterSome More Things Strange & SinisterPursuing The Strange & Weird:A Naturalists Viewpoint

And, of course, mention natural history and Black Tower Books broke new ground with that in The Red Paper: Canids.

The Red Paper: CANIDS

But not all the prose books covered mysteries and wildlife.

And if there is one thing "Herr Professor" loves it is discovering and presenting long lost UK Golden Age (1939-1951) comic strips and characters from publishers such as Gerald Swan, Foldes, Denis M. Reader, Cartoon Art Productions and others.

Scanned and restored as best as can be considering the poor print quality of the rationing years -especially red, orange, yellow, blue and purple ink printing!

Ace Hart The Atomic Man!  The Tornado!  TNT Tom!  Dene Vernon!  Acromaid!  Cat-Girl! Bring 'Em Back Hank! Robert Lovett:Back From The Dead and so many other action heroes and humour strip characters -William A. Ward, Jock McCaill and a host of known and unknown creators contribute -either in single volume " Black Tower Gold" albums or all six collected into the 400+ pager -The Ultimate British Golden Age Collection!

The Ultimate British Comics Gold CollectionBlack Tower British Gold Collection 1Black Tower British Gold Collection 2Black Tower British Gold Collection 3UK GOLD COLLECTION 4Black Tower Gold 5:Back From The Deadblack tower gold 6

Another great love is Centaur Comics from the United States.  Right at the very start of the American Golden Age of Comics Centaur had creators who were ahead of the others!  Before Plastic Man there was Plymo!  Before The Human Bomb there was TNT Todd!  Before Green Arrow and waaaaaaay before Hawkeye there was the mysterious red hooded archer called The Arrow!  And, to just break your comic mind world there was even a Black Panther -decades before Kirby came up with his character of the same name.

The Eye Sees All.  The Owl. The Iron Skull.  Amazing Man. The King of Darkness.  The Invisible Terror. The Blue Lady. The Shark. Mini Midget & Kitty.  Mighty Man. Super Anne.  The company may have been short-lived but it's characters -oh boy!

The two volume Centaur Heroes Collection has been compiled into one sweet 140 page comic collection!
The Ultimate Centaur Collection 2011

Horror. Ghost stories.  The twist-in-the tale.  Did you think that a publisher who is a big horror comic/film fan would ignore these?

Nope.  Each year since 2010, BTCG has published a Tales Of Terror anthology album and 2014s included some fun and spooky lost Swan Comic strips.  I mean how can you go wrong -even Ben Dilworth is in these!

 Tower Tales Of TerrorTales Of Terror 2TALES OF TERROR IIITales Of Terror 4

The Church Of England has it's own basher of dark forces in the Reverend Merriwether -"God's Demon0-Thumper" as the press billed him.  From an ancient Egyptian demon to a village of the damned and Varney the Vampyre, werwolves and a final confrontation with Satan himself -Merriwether pulls no punches and offers no compromise.  And in those last few seconds between life and death, Merriwether's mind recalls past cases -thanks to Ben Dilworththe Tall Man of Osaka.

Merriwether: God's Demon Thumper and Merriwether: The Test Of Satan are available as individual comic albums or in one swanky book The Collected Merriwether: God's Demon Thumper.

 Merriwether:God's Demon-ThumperMerriwether:The Test Of SatanMerriwether: Gods Demon Thumper

Oh, did I forget to mention Dene Vernon -British comics' first investigator of the supernatural and strange mysteries?  I did? Unbelievable since Gavin Stuart Ross drew the 1948 based Dene Vernon: The Thing Below!

 Dene Vernon:The Thing Below

 And did you know Ross also drew the two adventures of Victorian mystery man Chung Ling Soo? Chung Ling Soo: The Curse Of The Jade Dragon and Chung Ling Soo: The Case Of The Thames Serpent were two cracking tales of magic, adventure, murder and deception -still available as single comic albums or collected together to form The Adventures Of Chung Ling Soo!

Chung Ling Soo 1Chung Ling Soo Man Of Mystery


Ben Dilworth is no slouch either!  Chung Ling Soo's police "counter-foil" isnone other than old London "Jack" (police man) Inspector Wilberforce and when Dilworth says "Here's a Wilberforce one-off: PUBLISH IT!" you do not argue!


And did you know you can be a Gold Master of Japanese Haiku?  Well, neither did I -but guess what?  Ben Dilworth is such a master and his Osaka Brutal features his Haiku in English!

 Osaka Brutal

Old saleman that he is, Dilworth just keeps on going.  He produced Aesop's Fables -a darker version of the childrens tales and then went on to write two well illustrated prose albums looking at spirits and demons -Dilworth's Japanese Yokai and Dilworth's Western YokaiOsaka and the Yokai books were combined with Aesop's Fables into the one volume The Collected Ben R. Dilworth -though the single volumes are also still available.

The Collected Ben R. DilworthDilworth's Japanese YokaiDILWORTH WESTERN YOKAIDilworths Aesop's Fables

Horror comics yes but also some nice illustrated prose from Dilworth in...Dilworth's Horror & Ghost Stories but for the connoisseur those stories were collected together with the Phantom Detective comic strips into The Complete Phantom Detective!
Dilworth's Horror & Ghost StoriesTHE COMPLETE PHANTOM DETECTIVE

And could anyone forget the sensational Iron Warrior Versus Big Bong:When Giants Fought? But add to that the various Iron Warrior strips from Adventure and you get The Iron Warrior Collection -When Giants Fought!  In the 1940s, William A. Ward's creation was to be the most graphically violent comic strip seen until the 1970s.  That is some legacy. It continues....with a touch of fun!


In case you are wondering, yes, obviously there are super heroes.  Mix in ancient pantheons of gods, giant robot, alien invasion, Lovecraftian dark ones and so much more that the book runs to over 320 pages then you have part 1 of Terry Hooper-Scharf's Invasion Earth Trilogy" or as it is titled Return Of The Gods: Twilight Of The Super Heroes!  And epic ending with the words: "Dr Morg has killed us all" -and if you have never read the mind altering counter actuality that is The Dr Morg Trilogy you may be saying "What? Who-?"

And part 2 of the trilogy The Cross Earths Caper ought to get you in the mood for 2015s big 31st Anniversary third part of the trilogy The Green Skies.

 The Return Of The Gods:Twilight of the Super HeroesTHE CROSS EARTHS CAPERJourney Of The ID:The Dr Morg Trilogy

If you pass the ESTC (Epileptic Seizure Test Cover) on Dr Morg well, you are fit and healthy enough to read it and to check out all the Black Tower Comics and Books at the online store -see why we are the UKs largest publisher of  Independent Comics!

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20. Black Tower....MORE Online Goodies!

Now with a preliminary selection of caps, mugs and badges(buttons).

Who says this is not the Age of THE TOWER OF POWER?!!


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21. DVDs, Action Figures, Comics, Graphic Novels -with these viewing stats -get your stuff reviewed here!

 Cover photo

Because I'm not totally obsessed with stats and views I rarely check on them. Not been checking my Google+ Profile for a very long time just posting. So imagine my surprise when I saw that it has 40 followers -that makes me officially a cult!- and some 2,910,402 views!

Now, I'm quite bored so I used a calculator and totted up total views of my comic blogs.  That came to...


Don't get jealous.  Stat envy is an awful thing.
I'm also getting sales -but not from the UK.
So, in a way, "happy" but I'd sooner be earning more and seeing far more items to review -the stats speak for themselves.

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22. New Black Tower Store -T-Shirts!

Currently working on a few more Men t-shirts but also including designs for Women t-shirts.

Yes, now the Black Tower T-shirt online store is open!


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23. I Ask You: Who Was The FIRST German Super Hero And Which Team Was FIRST?

Re-posted on legal grounds.

I had to try to find some dates for a piece I'm writing on D-Gruppe. I really had to try to remember the rough date for creating the characters that went on to form D-Gruppe.

Well, I know we lived on the farm in Dalborn, which is a tiny village stuck between Detmold, Blomberg and Lemgo, in the mid 1960s. Germans are/were bigger on traditional folk tales than, say the English, and if you've ever seen the Narri Narro festival you'll know what I mean! But our monochrome TV (which I can only remember as being more brownish and white) was filled with faery tales and so I learnt of Rumpelstiltskin and the Singing Ringing Tree, Beauty and the Beast and so on.

I quite liked "dwarves".  I hate that term these days even though people who I knew who were classed as such used the term. But I did wonder why they always seemed to be portrayed as crafty or evil? Now, I can't even remember which TV show or story it was but I watched this blond-haired small person and he was quite acrobatic and clever.  That image always stuck with me and that, in the late 1960s, was the concept of the character who became Klaud von Happe -Kopfmann. Leader of D-Gruppe.

Now, as I've posted before on CBO (and probably here somewhere!), the first super hero to hit German comics was Superman in the early 1950s. Baron Munchhausen was a fantastical character and I saw a few versions of the story in picture books. But not a super hero. Later Batman and the other DC heroes and those of Marvel -and briefly Archie comics- hit the shelves. There were also a lot of Franco-Belgian comics and in these Wastl (or "Jerome" in Suske und Wiske) was the nearest thing to a costumed super hero and later still Mykros joined the ranks (I've posted a good few times on Mykros on CBO http://hoopercomicart.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/jean-yves-mitton-photonik-meand-not.html but no actual homegrown super heroes.

On the old Droster farm I had to entertain myself and so I began drawing and the un-named D-Gruppe composed of a mixed bag of characters and were based in the nearby forest.  Today, of course, they are still based in the state of Lippe.  And do I wish I'd kept those early efforts but that was out of my hands.
So I can place Kopfmann and the initial spark of creating D-Gruppe as the late 1960s and early 1970s.

I soon found that in the UK no one was interested in German characters (I should have thought that through).  So when did the published D-Gruppe appear?

Well, I produced a "trash can" comic in 1983. I sent it out to some Small Pressers in Germany and I know copies even got to East Germany and I know that because I got some of the smuggled out East German comics!

The first printed glimpse of D-Gruppe was around 1984 and then in an issue of Zine Zone in which it was announced the first officially published story -Revenge of the Ice Queen- was to be printed in my Previews Comic -a favourite amongst comic professionals at the time. So 1985/86.

Around the same time I decided that the evil, semi deformed, psychotic "Soviets" and Chinese who were still featuring in Marvel and DC comics really needed more realistic counterparts!  I knew Chinese people and some Russians.  They were not inhuman monsters waiting to destroy democracy. So Red Star Squadron and the PRC Phoenix Team clashed but then cooperated on the Soviet-Sino border against...The Evil of The Salamander...actually the title of the strip which was later reprinted in Black Tower Adventure vol. 2 nos 1-3. Which got a lot of us laughing because some idiot, I can't even remember his name, wrote in a fanzine that I was glorify Communism and that I must be "a commie"! It was funny because no British person seriously ran around Commie bashing in the 1980s.

It was a mad period of creativity because, before Task Force Justice League there was Task Force Europe -Belgian, French, Spanish, Luxembourg and other countries providing heroes for the team and so I pretty much had Europe covered!

Watcher Das Internationale magazin fuer Phantastik was a photocopied fanzine of sorts published by Chris Dohr from Trier, in Germany.  It covered movies -such as The Fly (original), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Willow, the TV series UFO as well as fantasy literature and comics.

There were some great single illoes by American Dave Fontaine, from Attleboro who even did a couple D-Gruppe illoes -where is he now?? The third issue of Watcher contained a lengthy strip by David Stepheson (from the UK -another “Where is he now!?”) The Master Of Mengerheim (a strip originally published in Black Tower Previews Comic.

But earlier in 1989, Chris published the first story featuring D-Gruppe  Rache Der Eis Konigin. By 1989 “Gruppe D” as it was titled in the magazine, was a well known strip in Germany amongst fans. Helge “Herod” Korda had already parodied it in a mini comic titled D-Suppe (“D-Soup”) which I no longer have sadly. Helge, of course, was creator of the parody Heroes From The Lost Lagoon comic strip and later comic album.

I was not very impressed by the way the strip was presented by Watcher (crooked printing on some pages) but where I had a big problem was…the translation.  Ice Queen is feminine so it should have been “Die” rather than “Der” (?). I was also surprised that the name of a German national monument such as Externsteine was miss-spelt as “Externen Steinen”!

Although I was not too keen on this German version I was surprised to learn that it had been copied and distributed to comic fans in East Germany where there was a strong underground zine scene.

But what the heck -here, unedited, is the story from Watcher. Helge "Herod" Korda  -if you see this PLEASE tell me you still have a copy of “D-Suppe”!!!

It was interesting to see the rather nasty responses to D-Gruppe on some German comic forums. "Super heroes" was a dirty word and "They have no place in German comics...to be fair neither did German creations because most things being published were Franco-Belgian and even British!  But there was some support and getting that was good.

I've covered the whole history on CBO so I'll not go into that here.  However, it shocked me to realise D-Gruppe has been with me nearly 50 years! Bloody hell.

But the team has not only featured in its own comic, trade but also in Return of the Gods: Twilight of the Super Heroes and the up-coming Green Skies.  And Stransky & Labbat have featured their ow darker, parallel Earth versions in their EP 667 strips.

I guess D-Gruppe were Germany's first and so far longest running team of super heroes!

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24. Business People Thinking Of Investing In UK Comics Publishing

Well, it seems less likely that a European businessperson or company is going to think about investing in the UK in any form.

However, China, India -we're here!

I can send a company the pdf or if you want to buy casually to check things out...


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25. Blogger Comments/Posts

Some older posts appear to have been deleted along with comments and a few other bloggers think this was some glitch involving Blogger.

Good to know I'm not the only one.

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