Thursday 26 July 2018

Happy birthday BEANO!

This week marks the 80th birthday of Britains (maybe the Worlds?) longest running comic, the Beano! First published in 1938 by D.C. Thomson and co., the Beano has entertained readers for generations... with their line of classic characters including the Bash Street Kids, Roger the Dodger, Minnie the Minx and of course, Dennis the Menace and Gnasher! These characters still frequent the pages of the Beano, entertaining today's readers as they have done for decades. I've been a long-time fan of the Beano (and a card carrying member of the Dennis the Menace fan-club since 1981!), and treasure the memories of those classic comics, especially at Christmas time when I would get the Beano Book every year under the tree.

So a very happy birthday to the Beano... here's to another 80 years of fun, mirth and laughter!

Saturday 7 July 2018

Steve Ditko: 1927-2018.

The comics world is mourning the loss of Spider-man co-creator Steve Ditko, who passed away a couple of days ago. The sad news, which was released today marks a huge loss to the comics industry, as Steve was undoubtably one of the all-time greats. It was his work on Spider-man, plus his Hulk run on Tales to Astonish that will always stick with me... those issues keeping me company for many hours during my childhood, and remaining favourites to this day. This is a tribute piece dedicated to Steve as a thank you for the memories and inspiration that his work has given myself and many others during his long and illustrious career.
Thank you, Mr. Ditko... may you rest in peace.

Tribute artwork by Simon Williams, dedicated to the late, great Steve Ditko.
Black and white variant version in top corner.