Friday, 13 July 2018

This was a little comic thing that came with Tonka's Supernaturals figures.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Walls Ice Cream fun books 1981 ad 1982

Walls Mini Ha-Ha Ice Cream Fun book 1981 and Ice Scream Fun book 1982, both featuring strips with lovely art by Robert Nixon.

In both books most of the pages are just black and white text pages of puzzles/wordsearches, jokes with spot illustrations of the products or how to make things out of lolly sticks, some illustrated by Nixon and others possibly just stock illustration. These are all the strips and the covers.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

This belongs in a museum

I bagged a pile of Indiana Jones related books at a car boot sale, but unbeknownst to me, the real treasure was nestled within the pages one of the books. Someone had drawn out a helpful guide to artifacts and accessories featured in the trilogy! Excellent work!

Monday, 11 September 2017

Spidey's heard nothing but good things...

Almost as if you're trying to sell something, Spidey.  From Questprobe #2 (Jan 1985).

Friday, 8 September 2017

Marvel UK Spider-Man Comics Weekly ads

Advertisements found in early issues of Spider-Man Comics Weekly.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Deadly Hands of colouring

I picked up an old copy of Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #22, only to discover someone had skilfully coloured in the first page.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

MWOM pinups

A few pin-ups from early issues of Mighty World of Marvel (UK 1972)

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Madballs are gross!

This ad was on the back of a 1986 Marvel Thundercats comic.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

The Wildest Superhero ever!


Awesome ad for Human Fly from Marvel's Godzilla #16 (Nov 78)

Friday, 15 February 2013

The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #15- Book of Weapons, Hardware and Paraphernalia

Who knew that the paint on Captain America's shield could retard ablation? Or what Machine Man's Baritone Larynx transducer assembly looks like? I didn't, but those exciting facts and many more are contained within the pages of The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #15- Book of Weapons, Hardware and Paraphernalia. 

The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe or OHOTMU for nerds in the know, was a series documenting a good portion of the characters from the Marvel Universe, this final issue is the cherry on top- all the accessories these guys use to clobber each other.

Eliot R. Brown gives us all kinds of technical specs, like Doctor Octopus using lamb's wool padding on the inside of his chest harness. I would use padding as well, those robotic arms would really chafe if you're a tubby bastard.

Alright, so the inside of Deathlok's head might look a bit like an old radio, but the insanity is cranked up a notch when you get to Machine Man. Just look at all that info!

Iron Man's helmet has food dispensers! Hope he likes Pez.

I think one of my favourites is the Wrecker's Crowbar, never again will I say "the holdy bit" or "curvy end".

Track this issue down, if found in bargain bins it's an absolute steal!

Tuesday, 3 July 2012


As my comic collection is constantly growing I thought it might be time to invest in some industrial shelving. After considerable thought I opted for two units each 1.8m high. According to the seller each shelf  holds 200kg! According to my calculations each unit would hold 25 boxes, so would be adequate. Hey, these will last me a lifetime surely?

I'd just finished one set of the shelving and placed the last of the boxes onto the top shelf and stepped back to admire my handiwork. It looked pretty impressive. There was a loud clunk from the bottom of the shelves, and the whole lot twisted and started leaning forwards. I instinctively put out my hands to stop it toppling.

 Every time I decide to do any sort of furniture assembly/moving house/DIY it turns out to be one of the hottest days. So I was sweltering and decided it would be best to work in just my shorts. It's amazing how vulnerable you feel when you're minimally clothed and six foot of paper and steel are about to crush you.

I felt sick- I had no option. It was stand there and be crushed, or get the hell out of the way. The racking crumpled like tinfoil, and the whole lot came crashing down with such a racket. Just next to the shelves was a vertical pile of 2000ad (about 4ft tall). It was scattered like a pack of playing cards. I could see some of the boxes were damaged, I just couldn't assess comic damage yet, as I couldn't even reach them. It was a painstaking task of pulling out the boxes (trying to keep the lids on), shelf by shelf, dismantling the racking as I went.

 My Bendis Daredevil box had a gouge out of it, and some of that run were a little bent. The front of an Amazing Spider-Man box was obliterated, and about 10 Bagley issues got pretty bashed. A box of Incredible Hulk had one corner beaten into a rounded edge, just a few issues away from #181.

I rang the company straight away, they insisted the weight allowance stated was correct and I insisted it was not. They had comebacks such as "It's never happened before" and "We have some here with loads of stuff on". They said they'd replace the shelves, but I told them I wasn't prepared to go through this hell again and demanded a refund. They agreed and the shelves were picked up the other day.

 Back to stacking them up I guess...

Sunday, 25 March 2012

First appearance of Techno Viking

Man-Thing #18, apparently.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

IGN pub quiz

A couple of weeks ago, an old work buddy of mine asked if I wanted to take part in the IGN pub quiz. I was keen to flex my nerd muscles (the questions were all film, video game, a few comics and general nerdery). We came third, which is still pretty cool, as it proves at least we still have some grip on reality. This was the swag I wound up with.

Not bad at all, especially considering the booty was divided between six of us! I was particularly proud of the spot prize question which won us a heap of GTA goodies. Guess the circumference of one of the nerd hosts' heads. I was 8mm out. BAM! Yes, I think the knuckleduster mug will come home with me... 

Other news- one of the neighbours put some piles of comics outside their house. mainly 2000ad, a load of old White Dwarf mags, some tatty Marvels. Nothing special, but hell, if they're going, I'll take em!