Friday, 5 February 2016

POW! annual 1971 - #2 - Magno

At Number 2 we have the story of Magno, and what an odd story it is.
Sandy Laker is going home to London after graduating at a northern university (totally unnecessary info, but what the hey) and finds a couple of masked guys breaking into his Dad's shop when he gets there.
He has a fight with them, sees them off, gets into a car chase with them,
with no explanation given then nor later in the story, a UFO appears, which shines a light on the two cars,
the cars crash, Sandy is picked up by a beam from the craft before his car explodes.
And finds he's become a human magnet.
And just accepts it - no ruesing on how he got the powers, where the ship came from, why it did what it did, nothing.
Instead he vows vengeance on the men who did his Dad wrong, who are apparently lead by "The Mask".
So he makes himself a natty suit, decides he's now MAGNO, and goes after the Mask.
The Mask indeed does wear a mask, but, again, no explanation is given to the why's of why he's like that.
And there follows a humdrum chase sequence once he's found the villains, topped in the Mask being captured...
but not unmasked.
And the story ends there.
If its true that these tales in the annual where try-outs for a set of on-going strips, it'd be nice to know that the origin of the UFO and the identity of the Mask would have been resolved.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

The 2000AD 2015 Christmas special

I haven't collected 2000AD for a good few years now - i just don't find a lot of the strips engaging, and Judge Dredd is always so serious and grim and not really what i'm after for a bit of comicy escapism.
The nearest i get to it is to by the occasional graphic novel, have a peep though the latest Prog when in WH Smiths and to but the end of year special, just to see what things are like.
Very pleased this year to nab me one, as its proper Old School Thrill Power:
Ian Kennedy back for the wraparound cover!
neatly designed snowmen villains in Dredd - just snowmen, as silly as that with no deep meaning of hidden plot behind it,
great 80's style art on Bad Company,
Clint Langley nodding to the past nicely, with Hammerstien in the accurate brown colours, the return of Dr Feelyggod, and even the robot Overseers are spot-on accurate,
Jesus Redondo back! And drawing Tharg!
and Johnny Alpha's mates back together.
Eee by gum, its like its 1980 all over again!

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Future Shock DVD

Watched this yesterday and i heartily recommend it to any Squaxx, no matter what point you jumped on board.
Be warned though, the tales of the abuse of original art may reduce you to tears *sob* *sniffle*

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Getting all Misty-eyed

Great news chums!

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Dan Dare has landed...

... and Bertie is one happy Biog to see himself in print.

Monday, 2 November 2015


This is what i like to hear - just got this message from Amazon re the upcoming Dan Dare collection:

"We are pleased to report that the following item will dispatch sooner than expected:

Pat Mills "Dan Dare: The 2000 AD Years Vol. 01"
Previous estimated arrival date: November 11 2015
New estimated arrival date: November 05 2015"

Hurrah! Two days to go!

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Terrific news!

The Judge Dredd tale, "The Cursed Earth" is to get yet another reprint - this time with the banned episodes put back in.
Time to put those issues up on the 'Bay methinks.