The Art of The Annual – 1979 to 1984

As Christmas approaches, TWLB is casting its eye over that Christmas instituition – the Annual. From 1969 to 1984, we will be looking at some of the best examples of Annual cover design, and how tastes and fashions changed through the years. Some Annuals are evergreens (like the Dr Who series), while others are around for one year, never to return….
All Annual images are courtesy of the marvellous tonystrading site – go there for an exhaustive covers gallery;
Today, it’s 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 & 1984……………….
First up, 1979
 

 and now, 1980





  
   
   
   
 

1981
   
  
  
 


1982



 

 


1983






and finally – 1984





Solicitation for The Walking Dead #95 (image, 2012)



THE WALKING DEAD #95
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art / cover CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN
MARCH 28
32 PAGES / BW / M
$2.99
“A LARGER WORLD” CONTINUES
Rick and his group are welcomed into a new community, led by a new charismatic leader. Rick has experienced this before. Is this the beginning of a new era of peace for Rick and the others… or is this man every bit as dangerous as The Governor?

The Art of The Annual – 1978

As Christmas approaches, TWLB is casting its eye over that Christmas instituition – the Annual. From 1969 to 1984, we will be looking at some of the best examples of Annual cover design, and how tastes and fashions changed through the years. Some Annuals are evergreens (like the Dr Who series), while others are around for one year, never to return….
All Annual images are courtesy of the marvellous tonystrading site – go there for an exhaustive covers gallery;
Today, it’s 1978……………….

Review – The Walking Dead #92 (image, 2011)

Needless to say – SPOILERS!!!

The ‘letter hacks’ pages have a comment from Sina Grace (Editor) noting that there were 12 issues shipped in 2011, which I believe is testament to Adlard and Rathburn’s professionalism and dedication. Kirkman managed to get 12 issues of story out but sometimes (especially in the middle of the year) it felt stretched a bit thin, meandering, nothing to really move the story along.

It’s good to see that the final issue of the year comes good, with some sharp dialogue, some movement in the story, and some action – both against undead and living.
This issue marks the build up to the ‘larger world’ storyline that is due to kick off in the next few issues, and is probably initiating something that will roll into the landmark issue 100.
So what was good about this issue? In order;
The Abraham / Michonne team-up.
The fact that Abraham & Michonne got some decent scenes – they have been sidelined too long.
Some decent action sequences, well realised by Adlard and Rathburn.
The dialogue – snappy, sometimes funny, but it was always to the point and gave the issue purpose.
Less Rick, less Carl, less monologues.
An interesting new character introduced, with a great nickname.
A fantastic cover – one of the best yet.
Issue #92 ends the year in fine style, and sets up 2012 in a good way. I am more excited now about this series than I have been for months.

The Art of The Annual – 1977

As Christmas approaches, TWLB is casting its eye over that Christmas instituition – the Annual. From 1969 to 1984, we will be looking at some of the best examples of Annual cover design, and how tastes and fashions changed through the years. Some Annuals are evergreens (like the Dr Who series), while others are around for one year, never to return….
All Annual images are courtesy of the marvellous tonystrading site – go there for an exhaustive covers gallery;
Today, it’s 1977……………….

Paul Starr (1964)

This was the pilot for a TV puppet show, in the vein of Thunderbirds, that never reached full production status. ‘Paul Starr’ (a name very much of its time – he sounds like a 60’s crooners stage name), had the vision, but didn’t match the technical brilliance of Thunderbirds. In ‘Paul Starr’, the suspension of disbelief is nowhere to be found – its some models on strings being guided by human hands. In Thunderbirds, the stage sets, modelling and the handling of the various ships and vehicles allowed you to believe that what you were watching was almost real. Some of the puppets themselves have that faintly eerie quality that the TV marionettes had at the time (like Stingray and Fireball XL5 and Supercar – some downright disturbing puppets in some of those shows).

More here;

http://www.candlelightstories.com/2011/01/24/paul-starr-1964-science-fiction-puppet-series/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janey_Scott

http://homepages.tesco.net/~space.patrol/SpacePatrol/After.htm

The Art of The Annual – 1976

As Christmas approaches, TWLB is casting its eye over that Christmas instituition – the Annual. From 1969 to 1984, we will be looking at some of the best examples of Annual cover design, and how tastes and fashions changed through the years. Some Annuals are evergreens (like the Dr Who series), while others are around for one year, never to return….
All Annual images are courtesy of the marvellous tonystrading site – go there for an exhaustive covers gallery;
Today, it’s 1976……………….