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Sunday, 17 February 2019

1973 No.38 and 1981 No.34 (full issues) plus bonus 1986 No.29 (Strips only)...

The bonuses go on with a 1986 issue purchased recently, that's No.29, and to go with that we zoom forward in 1973 for the next available full issue No.38, usual kudos to Dan for that issue and also from me, No.34 from 1981...


15th September 1973 - No.38 (Full Issue)

Cover: Ernest Clark, Geoffrey Davies, Robin Nedwell, George Layton and Richard O'Sullivan by Arthur Ranson.

Strips: On the Buses (Harry North), Settle Down Now! with Ken Goodwin (Arthur Ranson), The Adventures of David Cassidy (Alan Parry), The Fenn Street Gang (Alan Parry)Doctor in Charge (Tom Kerr), Follyfoot (Mike Noble), and Les Dawson is Superflop (Arthur Ranson).


15th August 1981 - No.34 (Full Issue)

Cover: Sebastian Coe by Arnaldo Putzu.

Strips: Elvis the Story (Arthur Ranson)Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (Martin Asbury)Rock on Tommy! with Cannon and Ball (Bill Titcombe), Worzel Gummidge (Mike Noble)Smuggler (John M. Burns), CHiPs (Jim Baikie) and Meet the Smurfs! (Peyo).


12th July 1986 - No.29 (Strips Only)

Cover: Bucks Fizz.

Strips: The Story So Far: Michael Jackson (Unknown)The A-Team (Unknown)Rock on Tommy! Cannon and Ball (Bill Titcombe), Robin of Sherwood (Mike Noble), Alias the Jester (Arthur Ranson) and Knight Rider (Phil Gascoine).





Friday, 15 February 2019

The Whole Story - The Six Million Dollar Man Stories 1 and 2...

"Steve Austin, Astronaut, a man barely alive....gentlemen, we can rebuild him, we have the technology, we have the capability to make the worlds first bionic man, Steve Austin will be that man, better than he was before, better, stronger, faster....."

The words spoken on the titles of The Six Million Dollar Man, arguably the most successful series of the 70's (that wasn't a soap), about the exploits of Steve Austin, an astronaut, who is involved in a near fatal crash on return from a space shot, he was to be the first human to undergo bionic implantation, to both legs, his right arm and left eye...the cost $6,000,000.

Steve becomes an agent for the OSI - The Office of Scientific Intelligence, (for some reason the OSO (Office of Strategic Operations) in Look-in).  There he takes on missions that are sometimes baffling, sometimes taking on madmen with superior technology with delusions of grandeur, stopping people with plans to generally disrupt the balance of power in world.

Steve was played by Lee Majors, his boss Oscar Goldman was played by the recently deceased Richard Anderson and the man with all the magic at his disposal, Dr. Rudy Wells was played by Martin Balsam in the movies, Alan Oppenheimer and Martin E. Brooks later on.

Some of the people/creatures Steve took on including, Bigfoot, The Robot Maker and the $7,000,000 man were often larger than life, and this trend continued in Look-in, Zecatyl the werewolf, The Toymaker, and our own robot maker Gunter Ull made sure the strip was kept true to it's TV counterpart.

Drawn for the entire run by Martin Asbury, every page oozed excitement and was obviously loved by the readers as one of the longer lasting strips, hardly surprising as it was mega successful and a string of toys and merchandise followed in it's wake, as well as a spin off series The Bionic Woman.

Now enjoy the Look-in series in it's entirety, starting with these first two stories...with thanks to Dan...




Story 1 - The Mole

Story: Angus P. Allan
Art: Martin Asbury


Story 1 - Red Agent

Story: Angus P. Allan
Art: Martin Asbury




Sunday, 10 February 2019

1973 No.29, 1981 No.33 and 1977 No.47 (full issues)...

Another Trio this week, No.29 from 1973, thanks to Dan for help with this and also for the help with another of Luke's issues, that's No.47 from 1977 and also from my collection, No.33 from 1981...good news for 80's fans, I've just bought two 1986 issues, so look out for strip only's of these soon...


14th July 1973 - No.29 (Full Issue)

Cover: Roy Wood and Ayshea Brough by Arnaldo Putzu

Strips: On the Buses (Harry North), Settle Down Now! with Ken Goodwin (Arthur Ranson), The Adventures of David Cassidy (Alan Parry), The Fenn Street Gang (Unknown),Doctor in Charge (Tom Kerr), Follyfoot (Mike Noble), and Les Dawson is Superflop (Arthur Ranson).


8th August 1981 - No.33 (Full Issue)

Cover: Harrison Ford by Arthur Ranson

Strips: Elvis the Story (Arthur Ranson)Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (Martin Asbury)Rock on Tommy! with Cannon and Ball (Bill Titcombe), Worzel Gummidge (Mike Noble)Smuggler (John M. Burns), CHiPs (Jim Baikie) and Meet the Smurfs! (Peyo).


19th November 1977 - No.47 (Full Issue)

Cover: Lindsay Wagner by Arnaldo Putzu.

Strips: The Benny Hill Page (Bill Titcombe)The Six Million Dollar Man (Martin Asbury)ABBA Exclusive Official (Arthur Ranson), The Tomorrow People (Mike Noble), Starcruiser (David Jeffris), The Bionic Woman (John M. Burns) and Doctor on the Go (Bill Titcombe).



Sunday, 3 February 2019

1973 No.28 and 1981 No.32, plus bonus 1977 No.50 (full issues)

Here is a real Holy Grail issue, one that doesn't appear often and goes for silly money when it does, fortunately for us Dan has it..!!...and here it is - No.28 from 1973 with an amazing Bowie cover and a couple of Bowie features and a poster inside, hence the price tag and even more of a find now the great man is no longer with us.  To go with that, there is No.32 from 1981 and another 1977 issue - No.50, thanks to Luke for the pages to complete this issue...


7th July 1973 - No.28 (Full Issue)

Cover: David Bowie by Arthur Ranson.

Strips: On the Buses (Harry North), Settle Down Now! with Ken Goodwin (Arthur Ranson), The Adventures of David Cassidy (Alan Parry), The Fenn Street Gang (Unknown),Doctor in Charge (Tom Kerr), Follyfoot (Mike Noble), and Les Dawson is Superflop (Arthur Ranson).


1st August 1981 - No.32 (Full Issue)

Cover: Roller Skating by Arnaldo Putzu.

Strips: Elvis the Story (Arthur Ranson)Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (Martin Asbury)Rock on Tommy! with Cannon and Ball (Bill Titcombe), Worzel Gummidge (Mike Noble)Smuggler (John M. Burns), CHiPs (Jim Baikie) and Meet the Smurfs! (Peyo).



10th December 1977 - No.50 (Full Issue)

Cover: Brotherhood of Man by Arnaldo Putzu.

Strips: The Benny Hill Page (Bill Titcombe)The Six Million Dollar Man (Martin Asbury)ABBA Exclusive Official (Arthur Ranson), The Tomorrow People (Mike Noble), Starcruiser (David Jeffris), The Bionic Woman (John M. Burns) and Doctor on the Go (Bill Titcombe).



Sunday, 27 January 2019

1973 - No.25 and 1981 - No.29...

We step back for one I forgot to scan last week.  I was already most of the way though the next issue before I noticed, so I just went ahead with the one I was on...this one is No.29 from 1981, better late than never..!!  and also back for 1973 with No.25, Thanks to Dan for help with this one...


16th June 1973 - No.25 (Full Issue)

Cover: Little Jimmy Osmond by Arnaldo Putzu

Strips: On the Buses (Harry North), Settle Down Now! with Ken Goodwin (Arthur Ranson), The Adventures of David Cassidy (Alan Parry), The Fenn Street Gang (Unknown), Follyfoot (Mike Noble)Les Dawson is Superflop (Arthur Ranson) and Doctor in Charge (Tom Kerr).


11th July 1981 - No.29 (Full Issue)

Cover: The Great Gonzo, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Scooter by Arnaldo Putzu.

Strips: Elvis the Story (Arthur Ranson)Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (Martin Asbury)Rock on Tommy! with Cannon and Ball (Bill Titcombe), Worzel Gummidge (Mike Noble)Smuggler (John M. Burns), CHiPs (Jim Baikie) and Meet the Smurfs! (Peyo).


Sunday, 20 January 2019

1973 No.27, 1981 No.31 and 1977 No.30 (full issues)...

Here we are as promised, the bonus 1977 issue 30 as sent by new scanner Luke, thanks to him for that.  Also with that we have 1973 No.27 and 1981 No.31 from my collection, but thanks to Dan for the Gilbert O'Sullivan poster/feature for the 1973 issue.  The 1981 issue is a commemorative edition for that weeks Royal Wedding, so some real memories await in that issue...


30th June 1973 - No.27 (Full Issue)

Cover: Mick Robertson, Susan Stranks and Douglas Rae by Arnaldo Putzu.

Strips: On the Buses (Harry North), Settle Down Now! with Ken Goodwin (Arthur Ranson), The Adventures of David Cassidy (Alan Parry), The Fenn Street Gang (Unknown), Doctor in Charge (Tom Kerr), Follyfoot (Mike Noble), and Les Dawson is Superflop (Arthur Ranson).


18th July 1981 - No.30 (Full Issue)

Cover: HRH Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer by Arnaldo Putzu.

Strips: Elvis the Story (Arthur Ranson)Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (Martin Asbury)Rock on Tommy! with Cannon and Ball (Bill Titcombe), Worzel Gummidge (Mike Noble)Smuggler (John M. Burns), CHiPs (Jim Baikie) and Meet the Smurfs! (Peyo).


23rd July 1977 - No.30 (Full Issue)

Cover: Lee Majors and Farrah Fawcett-Majors by Arnaldo Putzu.

Strips: The Benny Hill Page (Bill Titcombe)The Six Million Dollar Man (Martin Asbury), Just William (Arthur Ranson), The Tomorrow People (Mike Noble), Starcruiser (David Jeffris), The Bionic Woman (John M. Burns) and Doctor on the Go (Bill Titcombe).