Comic Scene‘s History of Comics series is moving on, with the next set of magazines currently up on Kickstarter and the person behind it all, Tony Foster, has just announced that Lew (Tom Thug, Pete & his Pimple) Stringer is joining the growing list of writers. Lew’s article will be all about Countdown which first saw publication in 1971.
As readers of the blog will know, Comic Scene magazine has been replaced with a brand new series of collectible specials, each marking one year of comics history. The idea is to create one hundred such volumes, documenting right up to the year 2030 in the end. The first four covered 1950, 1977, 1984 and 1986, the latter of which included a comic you should all be familiar with.
I really enjoyed writing about OiNK and now Uncle Pigg’s underling Lew is joining the fray.
The next four issues will cover 1971, 1976, 1991 and 2020 and the Kickstarter is currently marching towards its completion. A total of £6,659 has been raised at the time of writing this, but it’s not too late to jump on board and secure your copies, due for release later this year. (UPDATE: The Kickstarter met its goal in the end.)
You can adjust the size of your pledge too. If you only want one specific issue that’s fine and you can get a digital copy for even less. But let’s face it, you’re going to want all four and there are pledges to cover that too, even ones that include the previous issues, the Comic Scene Annual and membership to their club.
For more info, here’s Tony himself from the Comic Scene website:
“Launched in 2020 the History of Comics is a 100-issue partwork covering comics from 1930 to the present day. The project is scheduled to end in 2030 with the definitive collection of comic history ever made. The fifth book, The History of Comics 2020, covers history in the making from the year 2020, featuring all your favourite comics from the US, UK and across the world. In each book we also take a closer look at the work of your top characters and creators. The next three books include 1971, 1976 and 1991. With each kickstarter we offer four books at one time to ‘binge read’.
“This kickstarter also offers you the opportunity to catch up and get the first four books in the series featuring 1984, 1977, 1950 and 1986, slipcases to keep them in plus a Comic Club membership card and number, access to the Comic Club online with 2000+ extra digital pages about comics and extra features on the History of Comics website that we couldn’t fit into the books.
“Each perfect bound book is A4, full colour, 60 pages with optional slipcase that holds four books. “
You can also check out information on the OiNK article from History of Comics: 1984 in my previous post.