Monday, 31 July 2017

Hulk Comic



Hulk Comic came out from Marvel UK in 1979, and for a while was unmissable. Here's what you got for your shiny new ten pence:


In other words, an original Hulk story, an original Black Knight serial by Steve Parkhouse, an original Nick Fury by Steve Dillon, Night Raven by David Lloyd AND..... an old Ant Man reprint.
As you can see from the cover above, this was the time when The Incredible Hulk was rampaging across UK TV screens, and these stories are very much cut from the show's cloth.
Here, from issue #1 for instance, is Dave Gibbons basically saying to America: ' Superheroes? No problem. When d'you want it done by? '





While here's John Bolton with an oddly Conan-esque Hulk.





And finally, Paul Neary & John Richardson taking over for a while.











Sadly, that's about it for The Hulk's original british adventures, and we were soon back to american reprints again. Maybe it was too cost prohibitive, I don't know, but don't worry David, you'll be back next week.




Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Mad Movie Cops



In the '70's urban paranoia had reached such a height, that the old white hatted heroes were no longer seen as relevant. And Hollywood answered with a new breed of movie cop, the kind that trampled all over criminal's rights as well as their spines.
These were heroes who were barely one step removed from their enemies, but as borderline psychotic fascist Dirty Harry and bigoted asshole Popeye Doyle rampaged through the streets, cleaning up the scum, we loved 'em. And they directly inspired every single action hero since, with the attraction that the viewer was at least vaguely challenged into whether these were the kind of screen heroes we wanted, or deserved.


Mad meanwhile, wasn't interested in all this socio-political nonsense. Here's Dirty Larry and What's The Connection?














Monday, 24 July 2017

Howard The Duck Newspaper Strip: Entropy



Here's some more wonderfulness from Steve Gerber & Gene Colan, with Entropy from the Howard The Duck newspaper strip. This one sees the return of eternal dreamer Arthur Winslow, who became The Space Turnip in HTD#2, and like all Howard, is exactly what you need when life dumps on you.
Because when therapy, alcohol or the support of loved ones isn't enough to get you through the day, all you really need is an angry, ranting duck from Cleveland to make you feel better about things.
Things like, for example, The Kidney Lady...