Author Archive: EamonnMurphy
This volume of ‘Essential Thor’ collects The Mighty Thor # 196-220, originally published between 1972-1974, according to the copyright notes. All the stories are written by Gerry Conway, who seems to have taken over a few of the company’s flagship titles after Stan Lee retired from active service. He also scripted ‘The Fantastic Four’ and [...]
Showcase Presents The Flash: Volume 1 by Robert Kanigher, John Broome, Gardner Fox, Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella (graphic novel review).
‘Showcase Presents The Flash: Volume 1’ has stories from Showcase # 4, 8, 13 and 14 and from Flash # 105-119. Apart from the special feature, see below, this takes us from 1956 to early 1961. Eisenhower was President, the dollar was worth something, America was the world’s creditor and, apart from a few [...]
Mean Team by John Wagner, Alan Grant, Hilary Robinson, Massimo Belardinelli and Ron Smith (graphic novel review).
The setting is our galaxy in the year 2886 where Death-Bowl has been the most popular sport for the past four hundred years. It is now broadcast to over six hundred worlds and the players are the idols of trillions. Our story starts in the Killpit on Artificon Major, where the second semi-final of this [...]
Slaine: The Grail War by Pat Mills, Nick Percival, Steve Tappin and Massimo Belardinelli (graphic novel review).
‘Sláine: The Grail War’ is a graphic novel collecting stories from 2000AD progs 1032-1049, 1090, 1099 and the 2000AD Annual 1985.The first bit of the book isn’t ’The Grail War’ but a story entitled ’King Of Hearts’ in which Sláine MacRoth, to give our hero his full name, teams up with William Wallace to fight [...]
The big story in this issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ is the novella ‘Wormwood Is Also A Star’ by Andy Stewart. It’s set in the Ukraine, a group of orphans caught in the Chernobyl radiation are unaffected save that they have telepathic powers. They are in an anomaly called the Angel’s [...]
The sixties, man. Social upheaval. Youth counter-culture. If you can remember it you weren’t really there, huh? I was there but I was too young for drugs or alcohol so I can remember some of it vaguely. It’s probably false memories of stuff that I read and listened to later and so associate with childhood. [...]
Judge Dredd: The Judge Child by John Wagner, Alan Grant, Brian Bolland, Mick McMahan and Ron Smith (graphic novel review).
‘Find the Judge Child!’ Those are the dying words of Judge Feyy, a pre-cog with 88.8% accuracy who has foreseen a ghastly war which destroys Mega-City One and leaves foul creatures to prey on the survivors. Only the Judge Child can prevent this! Owen Chrysler is the name of the Judge Child and on his [...]
‘The Mystery of Vince Colletta! Hero or Villain? You decide!’ So says a dramatic, comic-style black box at the start of ‘Chapter 1: The Controversy.’ Other chapters are titled ‘Inking Asgard’, ‘Rivets And Trees’, ‘The Fourth World’ and ‘The Guy On The Assembly Line’. There’s an introduction with quotes from various debaters in an on-line [...]
This is the sixth book in ‘The Imager Portfolio’ so beware spoilers for previous episodes. The first three books are set in a different time with a different hero. The latter three, including this one, are set in an previous era and our hero is Quaeryt, a scholar and imager in the service of Bhayar, [...]
This large book is a celebration of ‘The Creativity Of Steve Ditko’, the famous comicbook artist who co-created Spider-Man and created Doctor Strange, when he was at Marvel Comics in the early 1960s. That material is not featured in this book, except for a page or two of the webbed one. Most of the work [...]