June 13th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Blah, News |

New Cursitor Doom Collection (and Phantom Patrol Collection)

I’ve mentioned the Eric Bradbury illustrated Cursitor Doom before in this blog, and I’ve really liked the few stories I’ve read, so I’m rather chuffed to learn that a collection of all the stories is out this August from British comics expert Steve Holland’s Bear Alley Books, which will also be publishing The Phantom Patrol, a tale from the early ’60s of British infantrymen transported back through time.

Both books will be limited to print runs of just 300 copies. For more info visit the website…

http://bearalleybooks.blogspot.com/

December 30th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Comic Scans |

Cursitor Doom : The Man Who Died Every Day

Now, normally I wouldn’t post something here which had previously appeared in any publication associated with 2000ad, but when the following story appeared in the 2000ad Action Special in 1992, the then publishers were unknowingly using characters which they themselves did not own the copyright to. This means the stories printed in the special are unlikely ever to be reprinted elsewhere.

What follows is my favourite strip from that particular publication, a Cursitor Doom story, (of whom you can read more of by clicking this link), and a nicely twisted little tale it is too.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you “The Man Who Died Every Day“…

Cursitor Doom page 1

Cursitor Doom page 2

Cursitor Doom page 3

Cursitor Doom page 4

Cursitor Doom page 5

Cursitor Doom page 6

Cursitor Doom page 7

Cursitor Doom page 8

You’ve been a wonderful audience. Thank you and Goodnight. ūüėČ

July 7th, 2008 | → 2 Comments | ∇ Blah, Comic Scans |

Curtis Bronson Meets The Snake Mummy (part two) / Cursitor Doom

Okay, without further ado, here’s¬†the¬†second half¬†of “Curtis Bronson, (Ghost Hunter), Meets The Snake Mummy“.

If you missed the first part, you can read it here.

           

           

As mentioned when I posted the first part of this strip, it’s actually an altered Cursitor Doom story. Cursitor Doom originally appeared in Smash! comic in 1969 and was usually written by Scott Goodall and illustrated by Eric Bradbury.

Doom & McCraggan   Drood & Bronson

¬†The Buster Book¬†of Spooky Stories¬†wouldn’t be the only¬†place he’d¬†appear under a pseudonym. His stories have also been reprinted, (in colour), in Quality ComicsSpellbinders, alongside the likes of Nemesis The Warlock and Slaine, ¬†where he was known as Amadeus Wolf.

In 1992, the 2000ad Action Special was published. It attempted to update classic British comic characters for a modern audience. The results were mostly dire, Mark Millar’s version of The Spider being the worst offender. However, the Cursitor Doom story,¬†The Man Who¬†Died Every Day, (written by¬†John Tomlinson and¬†drawn by Jim Baikie),¬†was a notable exception, probably because the character wasn’t really altered at all. The story itself would not have looked out of place in an issue of Scream!

Cursitor Doom in 2000ad Action Special

Although one of the stories in the special, Kelly’s Eye, would spin off into a series in 2000ad, further modern tales of Cursitor Doom from the 2000ad stable were¬†not to be, which is probably just as well for 2000ad, as it turned out they didn’t¬†own the rights to¬†the¬†characters featured in the special in the first place.

Cursitor Doom resurfaced in 2005 in what would be a pivotal role in the Leah Moore and John Reppion scripted mini-series, Albion. Plotted by Alan Moore, the story reveals that, unbeknown to the public at large, the characters from the British comics of the past actually existed.

Albion cover

Another early Cursitor Doom tale, Cursitor Doom and the Dark Legion of Mardarax appears in Albion Origins, a collection of classic comic strips which also reprints early adventures of Kelly’s Eye, House of Dolmann and Janus Stark.

Albion Origins

June 30th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Blah, Comic Scans |

Curtis Bronson (Ghost Hunter) Meets The Snake Mummy (part one)

To my knowledge there were two Buster Books Of Spooky Stories published, one cover-dated 1975 and one 1976. The following story is from the latter. According to an article by Edward Berridge in Hibernia‘s Thirteenth Floor collection, the Buster Book Of Spooky Stories was conceived as a way of using strips from an unpublished horror comic which would have been named Chiller, but didn’t surface due to the publishers getting cold feet. This may be where the other Curtis Bronson story published in the book is from but not the one reproduced below. This one is actually an altered reprint from elsewhere.

So where did this story originate? From the pages of a comic called Smash! , circa 1969. The Buster Book version has been changed so that it features the character of Curtis Bronson. The character Bronson replaces originally had blonde hair, no moustache and went by the name of Angus McCraggan.

And the mysterious Septimus Drood?¬†He was originally beardless and went by the name of Cursitor Doom.¬† I’ll be telling you more about him when I post the second half of this tale.

           

          

Continued Next Week!

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