Saturday, 2 March 2013

The Daily 'Combat Colin' - Part 1

When Combat Colin began, back in Marvel UK's Action Force No.5 (4th April 1987) it was a weekly gag strip, with each story self contained. Enjoyable as it was to do that what I really wanted was to turn it into a comedy serial, in the fashion of The Cloak and I-Spy (two of my favourite strips when I was a boy). 

Action Force's editor Richard Starkings gave me that opportunity so with issue No.14, I commenced Combat Colin's first serial, One Of Our Milkmen Is Missing!

I'll be running the entire six-part serial on this blog every day, over six days. Here's part one, from Action Force No.14, dated 6th June 1987. Click on the image to see it larger.

I hope you enjoy it. Comments welcome. Click here for part 2.


Sid said...

Awesome! Love this comic strip, would love to see a collected edition.

Lew Stringer said...

Thanks Sid. I'll do it one of these days. I estimate it'll be about 180 pages so it'll take time to scan that lot. I don't have the original art for all of them so I'd have to scan from the comics and Photoshop out the colour for a black and white collection. (A colour book would prove too expensive.)

I'm intending to publish a collection of something else first though. Stay tuned!

Tiniebras said...

Ooooh, is that the Elephantmen Brickman strips you're hinting at? I'd also love a Colin collection. Digging out the box of Action Force / Transformers comics is always a chore. Started scanning the Colin strips a while back to read whilst commuting. They're perfect tablet size. Like you said though rather a lot of them so I never quite finished that job. Was nice when he appeared in Aces Weekley, pity it was only a one off! Out of curiosity do you have the rights to Derek the troll too? If so I think he'd make a nice bonus to your next collection.

Lew Stringer said...

Brickman Returns will appear... one day. Yes, I've always held the rights to Derek the Troll. It'd be interesting if he appeared in a collection wouldn't it? But there's only 10 pages so the rest of the comic would feature... stay tuned. ;-)