The words "Beano revamp" filled me with fear when I heard that this week's issue would involve a relaunch of the comic along with the new web-page. This is the last remaining, traditional kids humour comic from the UK. There are other children's magazines with comic strips, some of them very good, but nothing where the strips are the main course and not fillers between advertising and photo features. But Nigel Parkinson has been saying for a while that there is nothing to fear so I guessed we'd be all right.
|Dennis, Minnie and Roger Team-Up|
The last few weeks have seen a continued story featuring "Walter the Softie" and his Dad trying to take over Beanotown. In this issue Dennis, Minnie, and Roger team up to save their home and our comic from the forces of dullness.
In an eight page story by writer Nigel Auchterlounie and artist Nigel Parkinson, that is a sort of Crisis on D C Thompson earth, the three team-up to save us all from boredom and defeat Walter and his Dad. Its a good, funny story with little bit of parody of other comics just for us oldsters. If this is the shape of things to come then the comic looks to be in good hands.
|Belfast's own Leslie Stannage on Calamity James|
Nigel Parkinson's Blog - interesting words on the creation of the logo and cover from the artist on Dennis the Menace and Minnie the Minx.
Lew Stringer Comics Blog. In addition he has just self-published a collection of a couple of his very early strips. Derek the Troll, comes from the gaming magazines Warlock and White Dwarf and was published between 1986 and 1987. This is paired with Space Hero, Rock Solid from the anthology comic Swiftsure published by Martin Lock's British publishing house Harrier in 1985. Coming to an end a month before Derek the Troll was published.
Harrier was a part of the black and white boom of the eighties and a lot of titles were published, many of them with badly sub-standard artwork. Most of the material was Fantasy or Science Fiction and Lew's SciFi humour strip did stand out as among the most professional looking strips in the line, apart from some of Eddie Campbell's work. Sadly it only lasted until issue 5 and the character disappeared until this revival.
|Lew Stringer Aliens, what could be better?|
A good week for British comics, the anniversary issue of 2000AD was great and Beano survived a revamp unscathed. Coming soon a look at the other bastions of the British comic industry, "Commando" and the relative newcomer "The Phoenix".