Comic Cuts: Brit Creators Reminisce! - Part 4

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Comic Cuts was the name of the long-running British comic that debuted way back around 1890 and, as such, seemed a fitting banner title for Broken Frontier’s celebratory series of articles during our Brits On Top! event. Join us each day this week as noted British creators share some nostalgic comics-related snippets of their childhood; providing anecdotes that are sometimes funny, sometimes poignant and sometimes wonderfully bizarre… Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here and Part 3 here.

Leigh Gallagher: Scream!

The mid to late 80s were an incredible time for me, collecting comics such as Scream!, 2000AD and Eagle, all of which still inspire to me to this day. (Many, many years later, I spent nearly £200 on Ebay tracking down every episode of The Thirteenth Floor when it had to get published in Eagle after Scream! was unfairly cancelled.)


But a stand out moment for me was when Eagle brought back the original Dan Dare and gave him a cool new sidearm--The Ram Gun! I remember it being such a cool design, that I crafted my very own replica that fired ping pong balls that I used to fire at stacked up toilet roll tubes.

Yes, I was a hit with the girls back then...

For more on Leigh Gallagher’s work check out his blog here. You can see Leigh's art on the collected Defoe series from 2000AD, the second volume of which, Defoe: Queen of Zombies is available for pre-order now.

Jamie Smart: The Great Storm

Every Saturday, at 6am, my dad would drive to the newsagents down the road. I would go with him. With whatever money I had saved up (hey, it's not like I spent it on anything else) I could usually afford Buster, Whizzer And Chips, The Dandy, The Beano, and a bag of sweets. I'd then get back in bed, reading and ruining my appetite with my spoils.

In 1987, when I was nine years old, the great storm hit. I slept through it. Dad woke me up at six and we went down to the newsagents (I think it was a Friday this time). The road was covered in an endless line of enormous tree trunks, which we had to climb over, one after the other. We eventually made it, I bought my comics, and we clambered our way back through the devastation. I remember thinking at the time: I bet this memory stays in my head forever. Looks like it will!

For more of Jamie Smart's work check out Desperate Dan and more in The Dandy every week! You can also visit his website here and also follow him on Twitter.

Bryan Talbot: Rupert and Friends

I have my parents to thank for my lifelong interest in comics. Well before I started school and learned to read they bought me nursery comics, such as Jack and Jill, which I read by following the pictures. I remember being really excited when it was announced that one of the characters, Harold Hare, was to have his own weekly comic.

My Xmas present from my father every year till I was ten was the Rupert the Bear Annual.  I’ve come full circle, now drawing anthropomorphic comics, with my series of Grandville books, which are basically Rupert books for grown-ups. From age five I read The Beano, The Beezer, The Dandy and Topper, also paid for by my folks.This was the golden age of DC Thomson comics, with Leo Baxendale, Davey Law and Ken Reid reinventing the children’s humour strip. They weren’t allowed to sign their work but their styles were instantly recognisable.

I discovered Tintin albums in the local library when I was around 6 or 7 and DC superheroes when I was eight, after discovering Batman through the old Republic serial shown each Saturday morning at the ABC Minor’s Matinee.


The Marvel renaissance began when I was about ten and I bought all the titles, scouring newsagents and second hand bookstores wherever I could to complete runs, very difficult at the time as their distribution was diabolical. I was a huge Marvel fan then till the early 70s, my comic habit bolstered by Creepy and Eerie in the mid 60s and, later, underground comics.

Bryan Talbot's website can be visited here. You can get updates on Bryan's projects on Twitter. And don't forget that Bryan's critically-acclaimed Grandville books are also available now.

Join us tomorrow for a final round of British comics memories...

If you're a British creator and you'd like to share a similar anecdote with us then e-mail andyoliver@brokenfrontier.com and we'll publish it on the site by the end of the week.

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  • Andy Oliver

    Andy Oliver Aug 28, 2011 at 12:00pm

    If only SCREAM! issues weren't so prohibitively expensive on eBay...

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