1980’s BEM #27 featured this remarkable double-page jam in its centre pages. My mini-scanner can’t reproduce it in its full form, but I still think it’s worth posting in two halves.(My grateful thanks to the splendid Mark Crabtree for subsequently producing the completed page at the head of this post as a kindness.) Martin Lock’s editorial explained the circumstances under which the piece was created:
As best as I can decipher, the creators and characters are; Nightcrawler bv John Byrne, Judge Dredd by Brian Bolland, Ro-Jaws by Kevin O’Neill, Mike Mauser by Joe Staton, Spider-Man by Rich Buckler, Iron Man by Jerry Bingham, Iron Fist by Rudy Nebres (?), Warlock and Howard The Duck & co by Steve Leialoha, and Pro Rata by Dave Simons. There’s also characters contributed by John Bolton and Hunt Emerson that I can’t identify. I’m also unsure who was responsible for the Hulk and the Mekon, while I’ve shamefully no idea at all who the character second from the left at the front is. All information and corrections will be very much appreciated.
Fanzine Of The Day: BEM #23, April1979
Cover: Brian Bolland
Editor/Publisher: Martin Lock
Consulting Editor: Mark Cruden
extract from Cat Yronwode’s letter: "My only culture shock came during the pages of bizarre (and I mean BIZARRE) pro and anti-feminist and wimmin’s raps in reaction. There was this vague and indefensible air of condensation towards women, women fans, and any man who might be on the less-than-100%-male end of things. I don’t want to name names … but, by goddess, we don’t do things like that where I come from … Nowadays this ludicrous and patronising attitude has been replaced by a rather straight-forward pro-female focus. After all is said and done, I find that most male comics fans are lonely men who have both a fear and desire to see women in fandom and in comics. Why, instead of writing strange and tortured letters to every fan they see in the letters pages and possibly construe to be female, don’t they take a long look in the mirror and try to live by the golden rule?"
Fanzine Of The Day: BEM-20, August 1978
Editor and Publisher: Martin Lock
extract from Dave Harwood’s letter; "Dean Smith’s thoughts on the future of comics were interesting but, wishful thinking aside, I think it would be virtually impossible to predict with any certainty how or whether comics are likely to change in the next ten years … f’rinstance the Superman film, as well as the rash of TV comics adaptations, may instigate another boom like the one caused by the Batman TV series in the Sixties. Or it may not. Over the last fifteen years there have been quite a few periods of change … In a lot of cases the ‘changes’ have simply been modifications of the basic product: the superhero. Superman has been going strong now for forty years; I fully expect him to be around in another forty. Plus ca change, plus c’est is meme chose, and all that."
At the end of 2000AD's first year in print, Brian Bolland, Dave Gibbons & Mike McMahon collaborated on this jam cover for 1977's Comics Media News #33, which features Dan Dare, the Harlem Heroes, Judge Dredd, Walter The Wobot, Red Sonja, Spider-Man, Green Lantern & Wonder Woman. Inside, the fanzine’s editor Richard Burton took the chance to laud the new British comic and wrote;
"… I thought it would be fun to feature some sort of confrontation between the "old" and the "new" guys. As is my wont, I mentioned this in conversation to Dave Gibbons and Brian Bolland at a comic mart and, fortunately, they seemed to like the idea. At that time, it was planned to have one artist do the whole thing. When I later met Mike McMahon it was suddenly clear that, between all of them, three of 2000AD’s top strips were covered … Brian Bolland was responsible for laying out the whole thing and drawing the Marvel and DC characters in the foreground. Dave Gibbons then added Dan Dare and the two Harlem Heroes. Making his debut in CMN and in front of fandom is Mike McMahon, who rendered Judge Dredd and his loyal servo-robot Walter."
A Brian Bolland ad for the New York branch of Forbidden Planet, from 1981’s Amazing Heroes #6. I may be wrong, but I think this once disposable example of well-wrought merchandise is now available as a rather expensive and somewhat massive poster. What were once vices, etc etc …