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Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by tony ingram on Wed Jun 22, 2011 6:41 pm

Just because there are similar polls running in the American comics section: who is your personal favourite British comics character, and why? There's a poll, but feel free to disregard it and pick one of the thousands not mentioned...

I'm going to cheat, and put Captain Britain again.
The more observant may have noticed I'm slightly obsessed with Captain Britain...


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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by alanultron5 on Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:32 pm

My all time UK comic favourite character is Sparky comics "I. Spy" who ran from 1969 to 1976 in that comic!

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by tony ingram on Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:43 pm

alanultron5 wrote:My all time UK comic favourite character is Sparky comics "I. Spy" who ran from 1969 to 1976 in that comic!
Possibly the second most unsurprising post on the forum-right after mine, above! Wink

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by alanultron5 on Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:47 pm

Anyone who knows me (As Tony does) knows i'm a massive `I. Spy` (Sparky) fan. Mind you! It was touch and go between him and `Duke the Stupe` when I was choosing!

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by Phil Friel on Sun Jul 10, 2011 7:42 pm

For me it has to be the Alan Moore/Garry Leach resurrected version of Marvelman, although it's neck-and-neck with the original Frank Hampson Dan Dare (wasn't fussed on the later versions, though).

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by tony ingram on Sun Jul 10, 2011 7:45 pm

Oh, I quite liked the 2000AD version of Dan. There was a great little strip in 2000AD #500 in which an embittered, drunk Dare tries to kill Tharg for ruining his life and reputation! Razz

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by Phil Friel on Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:17 am

You're nearly ten years younger than me, so it's only natural that the 2000AD version of Dan Dare would appeal to you. For older folks like me, who were fans of the original Dan Dare, the 2000AD version was an imposter, nothing remotely like the 'real' Dan Dare. Heck, he didn't even look like him. It's the original all the way for me.

And as for the poll, where's Adam Eterno? Tim Kelly (Kelly's Eye)? Robot Archie? The Spider? Captain Hurricane? Grimly Fiendish? The list goes on and on... You could've made this a Top 20 and you still wouldn't have been able to fit most of my favourites on there. 'Others' doesn't adequately describe that lot. Smile

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by tony ingram on Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:06 am

I know-but the poll facility only allows ten options! With several thousand characters to choose from, from Ally Sloper to Zenith, it was pretty much inevitable that whoever was included, no-one would be happy!

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by alanultron5 on Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:28 am

Of purely `fun` characters, Dandy's `Smasher` was a big favourite of mine! I always found him more `dynamic` than `Dennis the Menace`

The big difference between the two was Dennis-apart from beating Walter up in the pre 1970s era `NEVER` ever got into fights!! `Smasher` often battled toughs/bullies etc! He was always scrapping!

Favourite characters in `adventure` strips- I did like Sparky's `Willy the Woeful Wizard` a lot!

My favourite adventure strip villians were Dandy's `Larry the Lump` and `Duke the Stupe` from the 1963 "Joe White and the Seven Dwarfs` strip! `Duke` especially was one of the greatest comic villians ever for me!

There was an older lad on our street (back in `63`) who looked just like `Duke` and us younger `un's would call him "Duke" which he knew what it meant and he'd chase us just like Dandy's `Duke` uttering curses unrepeatable on this forum!

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by tony ingram on Sat Jul 16, 2011 11:24 am

The Smasher! Oh, that was a great strip-haven't thought about it for years! I also liked Dirty Dick, from around the same period...

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by alanultron5 on Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:13 pm

I never twigged till years later that `Dirty Dick` and the `Winker Watson` strip were drawn by the same artist!

Wouldn't it be great to start a "Duke the Stupe " appreciation socirty? No? You're probably right!

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by tony ingram on Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:25 pm

Only if I can have a Bing Bang Benny Appreciation Society.

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by alanultron5 on Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:34 pm

Indeed you can Tony! Ken Reid really got into his stride with BBB!

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by tony ingram on Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:37 pm

Benny is probably not one of Reid's best known characters but, along with Ali Ha-Ha & the Forty Thieves, he's one of my favourites. Everybody seems to point to Jonah, Frankie or Faceache as being the classic Reid characters, but I think he did some of his best work for the Dandy.

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by alanultron5 on Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:44 pm

I certainly loved Ken's time on the `Big Head and Thick Head` strip! Do you recall his final work at the Beano Tony? He followed Jonah with Jonah's sister `Jinx` who actually, very much looked like a twin of Dandy's `Bighead`

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by tony ingram on Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:49 pm

I do! That was a good period for the DCT titles overall, I think...

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by Steel Claw on Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:02 pm

Predictable as it may appear from my username, the Steel Claw for sheer originality and the wonderful artwork of Jesus Blanco was and is my personal favourite ( can we forget his superhero phase ! )
The strip seemed to encapsulate everything I enjoy about action/adventure stories

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by tony ingram on Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:34 pm

Steel Claw wrote:Predictable as it may appear from my username, the Steel Claw for sheer originality and the wonderful artwork of Jesus Blanco was and is my personal favourite ( can we forget his superhero phase ! )
What superhero phase?


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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by Sam_Vimes on Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:42 am

Judge Dredd. But only as portrayed by Stallone.

. . .I'm kidding, of course. But the shameful truth of the matter is that I only ever looked into Dredd's comics because of that movie. I guess it was good for something. . . .

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by tony ingram on Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:46 am

Sam_Vimes wrote:Judge Dredd. But only as portrayed by Stallone.

. . .I'm kidding, of course. But the shameful truth of the matter is that I only ever looked into Dredd's comics because of that movie. I guess it was good for something. . . .
I suspect it had the opposite effect on a lot of potential readers...

What do you think of the upcoming new version? From the information released so far, it looks promising, I think.

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by Sam_Vimes on Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:27 am

Well, I like the pictures I've seen, and Karl Urban has been quite good in everything I've seen him in ("Doom", "RED" and "Star Trek" specifically), so I'm definitely hopeful. I just hope they remember not to play the satire straight. They seem to have forgotten that in the other one, which was its most glaring problem. Well, no, maybe the catchphrases were ("I AM the law!"; "I knew you'd say that"). No, maybe it was Stallone. Or was it Schneider. . .?

Oh yeah, it was pretty much everything. Here's hoping for a good reboot!

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by tony ingram on Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:40 am

Stallone apparently complained when reading the script "where are the Jokes? It's a comic book, it's meant to be funny", which is actually not that far off, but in Dredd's case probably not in the way that he meant.

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by Liz R on Thu May 02, 2013 5:05 am

Dan Dare pips Judge Dredd for me. A more rounded character, I'm ignoring what my otherwise beloved Frank Bellamy did to him (how could he?) and as for that thing a few years back with Professor Peabody's funeral and so on - what WAS that, anyway?

Ps - no Buster Gonad? bounce

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by tony ingram on Thu May 02, 2013 5:57 pm

Thing about Dare is, there have been so many different versions by now and almost every new generation that grew up with one of them thinks theirs is better or more legitimate than the rest. Sadly, my Dan Dare was the Dave Gibbons drawn (not that that's a bad thing) version from 2000AD, knocking around with a crew of criminals and then going all superhero with Eternicus the Cosmic Claw. You can perhaps understand why I preferred Dredd...

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by Liz R on Thu May 02, 2013 11:00 pm

I meant the original DD, as drawn (some of the time) by Frank Hampson. I have no truck with later, and by the sound of it lesser versions.

Likewise I judged Dredd on his early appearances - the Cursed Earth, Judge Death, Judge Cal, etc - I don't know whether he's since gone all liberal or something. I'm afraid I've hardly picked up a comic since about 1990, so that's all I have to go on. I can quite understand if that effectively invalidates me from the discussion, and will withdraw into contemplative silence.

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by tony ingram on Fri May 03, 2013 12:23 am

Oh, I don't think it invalidates you from the discussion-and you will no doubt be pleased to know that Joe Dredd is still about as liberal as Genghis Khan (but with less charm). Razz

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by karatattoo on Sun Jun 22, 2014 12:05 am

Captain Britain, mainly because apart from Judge Dredd, I'm just not that familiar with British comics characters.

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by tony ingram on Sun Jun 22, 2014 7:33 am

karatattoo wrote:Captain Britain, mainly because apart from Judge Dredd, I'm just not that familiar with British comics characters.
Actually, I'm always amazed at how many Americans know Dredd!

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by karatattoo on Sun Jun 22, 2014 6:21 pm

I tried reading Judge Dredd many years ago, but I'm just a fan of nihilistic dystopias. I don't mind an occasional foray into this kind of story, such as the "Days of Future Past" X-Men story from the 1970s, but I don't want to read stories that are permanently set there.

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Jun 22, 2014 6:28 pm

But there's a lot of humour (trans.= humor) in it too.

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by tony ingram on Sun Jun 22, 2014 6:49 pm

karatattoo wrote:I tried reading Judge Dredd many years ago, but I'm just a fan of nihilistic dystopias. I don't mind an occasional foray into this kind of story, such as the "Days of Future Past" X-Men story from the 1970s, but I don't want to read stories that are permanently set there.
I'd question that description of Dredd. I think it's often far more than that. There's an underlying element of satirical humour in Dredd which I think is a huge part of its appeal.

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by tony ingram on Sun Jun 22, 2014 6:50 pm

Lucy McGough wrote:But there's a lot of humour (trans.= humor) in it too.
Oops, sorry. You got there before me... Embarassed

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Jun 22, 2014 9:27 pm

Nah, reiteration adds emphasis.

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by karatattoo on Sun Jun 22, 2014 11:14 pm

Well now, it has been many, many years since I read any Judge Dredd. My description of it is really all I remember of it.

Humour? Y'all spell words all funny 'n' stuff.

Y'all also drive on the wrong side of the road!!!

An' just what is haggis anyway?


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Post by Lucy McGough on Sun Jun 22, 2014 11:32 pm

Sheep's stomach fled with meaty bits. I'm English, so ask Tony. He has Scottish ancestors who played the bagpipes and were covered in woad.

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by karatattoo on Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:13 am

Lucy McGough wrote:Sheep's stomach fled with meaty bits. I'm English, so ask Tony. He has Scottish ancestors who played the bagpipes and were covered in woad.

Hmmm... a Scot living in England.

That must be a terrible burden for Tony. Razz 

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by MajorHoy on Mon Jun 23, 2014 1:32 am

tony ingram wrote:
karatattoo wrote:Captain Britain, mainly because apart from Judge Dredd, I'm just not that familiar with British comics characters.
Actually, I'm always amazed at how many Americans know Dredd!
There were several attempts to get some of the 2000 AD characters in comic books sold here "across the pond" in the 1980s . . . in addition to Dredd and Anderson, there were Sam Slade: Robo-Hunter; Rogue Trooper (who IDW was bringing back in new material recently); Nemesis; and a few others scattered throughout different anthology books.

Plus, don't forget, DC did put out some Judge Dredd material (and even had him meet up with Batman).



By the way, do any of the Marvel UK books like Death's Head and Dragon's Claws count as "British Comics Characters"?

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by tony ingram on Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:27 am

Well, given that they were created in Britain by British creators for a British based publisher (Marvel UK being a subsidiary of Marvel based in London) I'd have to say yes. Death's Head, Dragon's Claws, the Knights of Pendragon, Dark Angel and all those who followed in that line were very definitely British characters to begin with, as were earlier ones like Night Raven and the Special Executive. Oddly, the one significant Marvel UK character who was actually created in America was Captain Britain, even though his early adventures were never sold in America, but instead aimed solely at the British market.

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by alanultron5 on Sat Jul 05, 2014 12:20 pm

I also very much liked Reid's "Dare a Day davy"

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by tony ingram on Sat Jul 05, 2014 1:12 pm

alanultron5 wrote:I also very much liked Reid's "Dare a Day davy"
I liked pretty much all of Reid's work, particularly at IPC. I think my favourite work of his, though, was not a strip, but the wonderful back cover pin-ups he did for Shiver & Shake and Whoopee! Creepy Creations, Wanted Posters and World Wide Weirdies were all wonderful.

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Re: Overall Favourite British Comics Character

Post by MajorHoy on Thu Jul 17, 2014 5:34 am

Lucy McGough wrote:Sheep's stomach fled with meaty bits. I'm English, so ask Tony. He has Scottish ancestors who played the bagpipes and were covered in woad.
By the way, I thought "woad" was what happened if you were able to stop a horse.

(Either that, or it's how Elmer Fudd would pronounce "Abbey Road".)

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