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  1. Thriller Picture Library: Jet-Ace Logan

    October 7, 2011 by The Belated Nerd

    Thriller Picture Library was a 64 page digest-sized comic book with black & white interior art.  Each page usually consisted of two panels; one on top of the other. Published four times a month in Britain by Fleetway it ran serialized stories featuring a variety of war, spy, and detective heroes. In 1961 the featured characters were Dogfight DixonJohn Steel, Battler Britton, Spy 13with one-off appearances by Dick Daring of the Mounties and our old friend Jet-Ace Logan.

    Jet-Ace Logan was a space pilot with the RAF, 100 years in the future. He and his wingman, Plumduff  were entrusted to thwart the plans of nefarious aliens, smugglers, and other space-baddies. Where Dick Daring‘s sole Thriller appearance in 1961 was the character’s swan song issue, Jet-Ace Logan‘s was the first of  a dozen appearances that would see out the end of  Thriller Picture Library in 1963.  Jet-Ace Logan was usually found in Fleetway’s Comet and Tiger magazines between 1956 and 1968. It’s doubtful that the stories that ended up in Thriller were excess inventory from Tiger where it was running in serial during 1961. The large Tiger magazine featured a dozen or more panels to the page compared to the digest-sized Thriller‘s 2-4 panels per page. Issue 383 was published in 1961 and issue 391 was Thriller‘s first issue of 1962.


  2. Thriller Picture Library: Dick Daring of the Mounties

    October 7, 2011 by The Belated Nerd

    Thriller Picture Library was a 64 page digest-sized comic book with black & white interior art.  Each page usually consisted of two panels; one on top of the other. Published four times a month in Britain by Fleetway it ran serialized stories featuring a variety of war, spy, and detective heroes. In 1961 the featured characters were Dogfight DixonJohn Steel, Battler Britton, Spy 13with one-off appearances by Dick Daring of the Mounties and our old friend Jet-Ace Logan.

    Dick Daring of the Mounties was a friend of the Indians who fought against their oppressors and other criminals, from his headquarters in Creek Town, Yukon Territory. The series was created by Reg Bunn specifically for  Thriller Picture Library. The list of artists on the series reads like a Genoese phone book: Sergio Tarquinio, Franco Bignotti, Virgilio Muzzi, Renato Polese, Gallieno Ferri, and Vittorio Cossio. Argentinians Carlos V. Roume and Martin El Salvador also contributed to Dick Daring. These artists were often instructed to leave the faces on recurring characters blank so Reg Bunn could finish them himself. Daring only featured in one issue of Thriller Picture Library in 1961. Likely, the creators of Dogfight Dixon needed a break so this story was pulled from inventory left over from Daring‘s run the previous year. This would be the intrepid Canadian’s last appearance in Thriller.


  3. Thriller Picture Library: Spy 13

    October 6, 2011 by The Belated Nerd

    Thriller Picture Library was a 64 page digest-sized comic book with black & white interior art.  Each page usually consisted of two panels; one on top of the other. Published four times a month in Britain by Fleetway it ran serialized stories featuring a variety of war, spy, and detective heroes. In 1961 the featured characters were Dogfight DixonJohn Steel, Battler Britton, Spy 13with one-off appearances by Dick Daring of the Mounties and our old friend Jet-Ace Logan.

    Today’s featured series is Spy 13, starring Allied secret agent David Doughty whose specialty was infiltrating and thwarting the Nazi war machine.  Armando Bonato, Graham Coton, Antonio Canale (Tony Chan), Kurt Caesar and Aurelio Bevia all worked on the series at one time or another, but most of the 1961 stories appear to be the work of  Alberto Breccia.

    I hate to end this post with a cover depicting Spy 13 fending off a Nazi alligator, so here is an interior panel by Alberto Breccia.

     


  4. Thriller Picture Library: Battler Britton

    October 5, 2011 by The Belated Nerd

    Thriller Picture Library was a 64 page digest-sized comic book with black & white interior art.  Each page usually consisted of two panels; one on top of the other. Published four times a month in Britain by Fleetway it ran serialized stories featuring a variety of war, spy, and detective heroes. In 1961 the featured characters were Dogfight DixonJohn Steel, Battler Britton, Spy 13with one-off appearances by Dick Daring of the Mounties and our old friend Jet-Ace Logan.

    Today’s featured series is Battler Britton, starring Wing Commander Robert Hereward Britton of the RAF. Battler Britton was created by writer Mike Butterworth and artist Geoff Campion, but by 1961 was being drawn by an assortment of artists including Hugo Pratt, Francisco Solano Lopez, Ian Kennedy, Pat Nicolle, and Graham Coton. The character was resurrected by Garth Ennis for a 2006 mini series published by Wildstorm.

     Here is a look at some interior art by Pat Nicolle. The following scan is of two pages in the digest-sized format, seen as if you opened the book somewhere in the middle. Read the two panels on the left (top to bottom) before reading the two on the right.



  5. Thriller Picture Library: John Steel

    October 4, 2011 by The Belated Nerd

    Thriller Picture Library  was a 64 page digest-sized comic book with black & white interior art.  Each page usually consisted of two panels; one on top of the other. Published four times a month in Britain by Fleetway it ran serialized stories featuring a variety of war, spy, and detective heroes. In 1961 the featured characters were Dogfight DixonJohn Steel, Battler Britton, Spy 13with one-off appearances by Dick Daring of the Mounties and our old friend Jet-Ace Logan.

    Today’s featured character is John Steel, Special Agent. Artist Luis Bermejo took over the series in 1960 and may have influenced the decision in early 1961 to transplant Steel from World War Two into the Jazz Age.

     


  6. Thriller Picture Library: Dogfight Dixon

    October 3, 2011 by The Belated Nerd

    Thriller Picture Library  was a 64 page digest-sized comic book with black & white interior art.  Each page usually consisted of two panels; one on top of the other. Published four times a month in Britain by Fleetway it ran serialized stories featuring a variety of war, spy, and detective heroes. In 1961 the featured characters were Dogfight DixonJohn Steel, Battler Britton, Spy 13with one-off appearances by Dick Daring of the Mounties and our old friend Jet-Ace Logan.

    A 52 issue cover gallery would be a little daunting for one post, so I’m going to divy them up by featured character over the next several posts. Today’s featured character is Dogfight Dixon, RFC:

     


  7. Jet-Ace Logan and the Missing Spaceships

    August 23, 2011 by The Belated Nerd

    A few weeks ago I came across some 50-year-old British comic strip art while researching illustrator Sydney Jordan and was surprised by how much more detailed and “clean” it looked compared to American comic strips and comic books from 1961. The absence of color may have something to do with that impression but I suspect the British artists simply took more time penciling and inking than their harried American counterparts. I spent a bit of time online searching out  samples of strips like Jeff Hawke and comic book serials like Captain Condor, but as impressive as the art was in those titles, nothing was more striking than that found in a strip published in the British comic book Tiger.

     Jet-Ace Logan ran from 1956 until 1968 (switching from Comet to Tiger in 1959). The titular hero was a space pilot with the RAF, 100 years in the future. He and his wingman, Plumduff  were entrusted to thwart the plans of nefarious aliens, smugglers, and other space-baddies. Here are two beautiful pages from the fall of 1961, drawn by an artist I know nothing about; Brian Lewis. Click for a larger view.