When I was a lad, I used to love my Fleetway comics.
with "Monster Fun Comic" in 1975, I spent
eight or nine years
in their company, revelling in the joys of those famous
stars. And that enthusiasm never really left me, so
rediscovered that passion for "Whoopee!",
and Chips" and "Buster" a few years back,
I embarked upon an
online journey down Fleetway
St. in order to share my passion
with the world.
Now the thing about these comics is, it's vey hard to
them properly online. You just can't replicate that
and texture. They're sensations from an era that was
pre-digital, an era where millions of kids read weekly
and had them delivered to their doorstep, regular as
And when it comes to replicate their colour covers and
pull-outs, well, it's a nightmare and, to be frank,
the first time I
attempted to put some of those amazing Fleetway fun
online I kind of came up short. I ended up touching
too much and over-adjusting colours to the point where
essence of the original printed art was lost. You might
it was almost scan-dalous...
Anyways, that's why I've now gone back to the beginning.
last couple of weeks I've pulled out all the relevant
comics in my
collection and I've begun to scan those posters all
over again, just
as they are, faded, folded, discoloured, misprinted, for
worse. I've scanned the comic covers too, so you can see
original home, and now I think we have the makings of
a far more
interesting gallery. See, those imperfections are precisely
made these posters great. Those gloriously imperfect double-page
spreads were the icing on my fun comic cake. They were
heralded in advance, too, so most would arrive as a huge
smack in the middle of an issue. Did many folks actually
them and stick 'em on their wall? - I know I didn't.
notoriously fiddly to remove. You could use scissors, but
this particular kid simply plunging in with his fingers
invariably snagging his nails and jabbing his nail bed.
better leave them be. Now those same staples
more damage anyway, rusting over time and irreparably scarring
the pull-outs in situ. And you can see all this for
and all, in the new and - I think - massively improved
Fleetway St. gallery.
The pull-outs gave those Fleetway artists a chance to
And I'm sure Mr. Fleetway liked them too, because they
the weekly strip content!
We're closing in on thirty pull-out poster scans over
more due very soon, and seeing them together like this,
in one place together with their parent comics, gets me in
nostalgic mood... I'm eight years old again... I'm hovering
letterbox, waiting for the paperboy... waiting for Kid
Kong and Gums...
Draculass and Frankie Stein... all those jolly munsters
doormat... But what's this in the centre pages? - It's
colours are all-over the shop, but even so... it's a great