Friday, 30 December 2011

Odds and Sods #2

I have a corner in my studio where I pile up odd little comics that don't really fit anywhere else. Comics like the JC Menu comic I showcased earlier. I've been sifting through the pile and have pulled out a few that are worth sharing. This first one is a copy of Myra #8.

I collaborated quite a bit with Myra in the late 80's and early 90's. Myra wrote and I drew Sticky Fingers for Crisis and Tao de Moto for 2000AD. Before that though, Myra was producing her own mostly autobiographical comics, which she sold from a tray slung around her neck in Camden Market in North London. This issue is of particular interest as it features A True Story, a 5-page strip written by Alan Moore. 

The strip can be seen in its entirety here:

Digging deeper, I unearthed the first issue of Paul Gravett's groundbreaking Escape #1

The wraparound cover by Phil Elliott made clear the intention to marry the energy of British creators with the sensibilities of the new European Bandes Dessinées. Contributors included Myra Hancock, Hunt Emerson, Eddie Campbell, Rian Hughes and...none other than Mr Shaky Kane. Will you look at that? Spread across the centre pages, four cut-out-and-keep postcards. It looks like another Classic Kane!

Tucked inside is a Preview edition, given away as a promo.

Flip the cover and what do we find? That Shaky gets in everywhere...

More from the Odds and Sods shelf tomorrow...


  1. I've often wondered if Kane & Hughes ever worked together since they both have such distinctive line art & innovative approaches to color. Unearthing comics such as this are true gems. These should be digitIzed & included in Michigan State Univ or another university w a strong comic archive for preservation.

    On the W.S.B. front, did you or Shaky ever get the chance to see or meet him? Friends in Lawrence have such great stories & pics of just having drinks with him or discussing cats, etc.

  2. Both myself and Shaky had the pleasure of spending time with Bill in Tangiers in the late 1950's (or was it the early 60's? My memory of that period is understandably vague), but it was Destroyovski, who knew him best, as you will learn from his guest editorials in 'The Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred'.

  3. I loved "Sticky Fingers". Do you know what ever happened to Myra Hancock? She seems to have completely disappeared.