Retro Review – Emma issue 77

After the soul crushingly depressing read that was Mandy issue 521 I thought I’d give another 70s girls comic a try. This time, Emma issue 77 from August 11th 1979, chosen solely for the fact it has a shark on the cover. Cover – Well it’s a pretty cool shark image but slightly diminished by…

Retro-Review : Star-Lord #1

So….. the cover. It’s by Ramon Sola and shows Johnny Alpha in a slightly more revealing outfit that we’re used to seeing him. Crazy but cool. Makes you think somewhere they were planning a straight to VHS Strontium Dog movie starring Marc Singer. My folks bought me this issue as a kid… guessing in 1978…

Retro Review – Oink #1

Ahhhh, Oink! I actually bought this one back in the day and must have enjoyed it as I kept getting them for a while afterwards too. The cover? Well it has a parody of the lovely Mary Whitehouse (ding, dong, the witch is dead) and a FLEXI SINGLE! If that doesn’t take you back to…

Retro Review – Mandy #521

Why issue 521? Because this is the closest one I could find to the launch date of 2000AD issue 1 and I wanted to see what the contemporary output for girls comics was like. Why Mandy? Because I got jealous of how much fun Michael Carroll seemed to be having checking out issue one of…

Retro Review – Monster Fun #1

From waaaaay back in 1975! I think might have had this one as a kid, do remember reading loads of Monster Fun and knowing all the characters. Definitely had all the annuals. Can’t be 100% though as I would have just turned five and I’ve drunk a lot of alcohol since then. Cover shows Kid…

Guest Retro Review – The Rarest Marvel UK Comic?

The Rarest Marvel UK Comic? by Michael Carroll For a few years now I’ve been steadily compiling a list of all the comics (and story-papers) ever published in the UK. The list is nowhere near complete (it currently contains 1,559 different titles: I’m guessing that I’ve passed the half-way mark, but probably not by much)….

Retro Review : Krazy #1

Feeling a bit nostalgic today (aka tired and hungover) so thought I’d zap back to when I was six years old and picked up what would be the first of many issues of Krazy. Lets see how well it holds up. A few general things I’d forgotten. Most of the pages have xmas cracker level…