Saturday, 12 August 2017


As regular readers will know by now, Wildcat and Ring Raiders were two of my favourite childhood comics and I've covered both before on the blog in the original Beyond Oink! series I did throughout 2015.  Well now their editor is on the cusp of releasing his new book about his time at IPC and Fleetway:

Barrie Tomlinson may say this book is about him "Working with Britain's Picture-Strip Legends", but he's something of a legend himself!  Having worked on a multitude of titles and strips the man was a tour de force in the UK comics scene in the 70s and 80s.  I've spoken briefly with him over Twitter and he is a fountain of knowledge for fans of any of these comics!  Indeed, the gent that he is, he's agreed to answer some questions this fan has about the aforementioned Ring Raiders and Wildcat for the blog, so look out for those towards the release date of Barrie's book!

When will that be then?  1st September, just a few short weeks from now.  Here's the description of the book from Amazon:

"In the 1960s, 70s and 80s, children's comics were a massive part of a young person's life.  Comic Book Hero tells the inside story of how Barrie Tomlinson built up a successful boy's publishing group at IPC Magazines - now the stuff of legend among nostalgic and modern-day fans of the UK comic scene and its surrounding culture.  Barrie started on Tiger comic as a subeditor, went on to be editor and eventually became head of the Boys' Sport and Adventure Department, in which capacity he launched Roy of the Rovers comic, the new Eagle, Scream, Speed, Wildcat, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles and Toxic Crusaders.  The book tells about the Geoff Boycott, Big Daddy and Suzie Dando annuals he produced, and the 22 years spent writing the Scorer picture-strip for the Daily Mirror.  Barrie also reveals dealings with the top stars as they joined Tiger, to make the title one of the most famous comics in Britain."

Add into that impressive mix the much-loved Battle, there's a favourite of some friends of mine in the form of Mask, as well as another of the toys/comic combos from my own childhood, Super Naturals and this sounds like it could be more than just a book, it could be an event!  Will I be buying it then?  Silly question:

Expect a full write-up after I've devoured it, which will be as soon after I receive it as I possibly can.

In the meantime you can also pre-order the book from Amazon, where at the moment the 224-page hardback book is priced at £14.99.  Surely not to be missed by any UK comics fan, old and new.

In the meantime I've covered three of Barrie's titles on here before and you can read up on them by clicking on any of their names below:

I'm away now to put together these questions for the very gracious Barrie, some of which have been in my head since I read them at a much, much younger age than I am now!  Look out for a special two-part feature to coincide with the release of Comic Book Hero at the end of the month and there's much more to come from the Oink! Blog and Beyond between now and then.

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