What do these three seemingly unrelated 80s comics have in common? Apart from being three of my own personal favourites, they include the work of a certain Lew Stringer. Anyone who grew up with comics in the 80s will tell you the man was everywhere! He was certainly a constant in my own comics.
Oink! was my own first comic title and through it I got to know Lew's classic Pete and his Pimple and Tom Thug, obviously, but when The Real Ghostbusters came along I felt it was given an air of legitimacy by having Lew's take on Slimer in those early issues after seeing his Robo Capers and Combat Colin in the pages of their Transformers comics. Of course I'd soon add that comic to my growing list too!
Well, Lew is celebrating this week as it marks the 35th anniversary of his first professionally published work in the pages of Daredevil comic in June 1983. Below is just a snippet of that first piece, the full image you can see by clicking on it and going to Lew's own personal blog, where he reminisces about his career to date and that first, fateful published work:
|Click to be whisked to the full image on Lew's blog|
One of the greatest things about doing this blog has been getting the chance to chat to and get to know those whose work I not only grew up with and which formed an important part of my life, but who I greatly respect. Through this I've been able to make some true friends and I'm so pleased to be able to count Lew among them, finally getting the chance to meet him in person at last year's Enniskillen Comic Fest.
Working away in the likes of Beano (where he's resurrected the very first Beano character, Big Eggo), Doctor Who Magazine, Toxic and the just-about-to-lauch Goof!, Lew is still leading the way in British humour comics and any fans really should make sure they check out both his Lew Stringer Comics blog for insights into his work past and present, and his Blimey! blog for entertaining and informative posts about the UK comics scene from all eras.
To finish off for now, here's all five Oink! covers Lew drew for our favourite comic, the first being his first for any title! Happy anniversary Lew and here's to many more years of the Lewniverse to come!