Category Archives: OiNK Reprint News

THE TRUTH ABOUT SANTA: OiNK REPRiNT PUBLiSHED

Hot on the heels of the news Rebellion is to reprint some of Tom Paterson‘s OiNK strips later this year in The Tom Paterson Collection, comes the news of a Kevin O’Neill strip from one of the OiNK Books seeing publication again! The strip in question is the brilliant The Truth About Santa, written by Tom Thug and Pete and his Pimple cartoonist, Lew Stringer.

Kevin is probably best known for his 2000AD work, most notably Nemesis the Warlock, as well as Marshall Law and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. For OiNK, he contributed to two issues.

First up was a fantastic four-page The Price is Right parody in the 1987 Holiday Special and later that year came the first annual and the highly memorable strip above. Anyone familiar with Kevin’s work and his very unique style might wonder what kind of Christmassy strip this could be. All I’ll say is that you will not be disappointed! Kevin really is one of Britain’s Best.

So anyway, a second edition of Kevin’s Cosmic Comics book has been released by Hibernia Comics in association with Rebellion’s Treasury of British Comics and Gosh. The first version went down a storm but this is more than just a simple rerelease, it contains a lot of extra content too. There are 28 more pages (making 96 in total) and what’s in this new section falls under the banner ‘Kev’s own’, compiled by the man himself.

Lew announced the news on his Lew Stringer Comics blog with the following details:

“[‘Kev’s Own’] is a collection of Kevin O’Neill’s early covers, samples and unpublished work for magazines like Interplanetary News and Legend Horror Classics, as well as Titan books cover designs and the never-before-reprinted 7 Wonders of the Galaxy series from 2000AD and more! Also included in ‘Kev’s Own’ is commentary by Kevin on the art included and his early career.”

Chronicling Kevin’s career and the development of his art over the years this is a must-have for fans, of which there are plenty so if you are one I suggest you get clicking over to the Hibernia shop now and get this ordered, because this is a very limited print run. Priced at £10.49 plus postage it’s also unmissable for any OiNK fans who’d like to support any reprint releases.

TOM PATERSON’S WET BLANKET iS BACK

The name Tom Paterson is synonymous with British humour comics, his madcap style appearing in an eclectic array of titles such as Beano, Shiver and Shake, Buster and many more. His most famous characters include the fondly remembered Sweeney Toddler, Calamity James, Bananaman and Buster himself. There’s one other that most likely will have been forgotten by many though – The Wet Blanket.

By the time I started collecting OiNK I’d missed this strip but I had already been introduced to Tom’s work. While I found my brother’s Beano wasn’t really to my taste at the time (I was the perfect target audience for OiNK after all), there was one strip that most definitely was. I remember pouring over all of the funny background details in Calamity James, the incidental randomness in the visual gags often being just as funny as the story itself. This is the genius of Tom’s style.

Tom’s work may only have graced the pages of OiNK five times but he still made a hilarious impact. One particular strip is of interest here and that came in #7. Written by co-creator/editor of the comic, Mark Rodgers, The Wet Blanket was a brilliant double-page spread featuring so many little jokes hidden away you could reread it several times.

A kind of super villain, Wet Blanket is a “miserable so-and-so” whose sole job is to ruin everyone else’s fun. He could’ve made for a brilliant regular character but alas that wasn’t to be and this was his sole appearance. Which makes it even more surprising that he’d appear on the front cover of The Tom Paterson Collection, a new book coming later this year from Rebellion‘s Treasury of British Comics.

What a cover it is too! Tom will also be producing an exclusive cover for a special edition which will only be available from their web shop. Both versions will be released on 25th November 2021 for £19.99 and for 192 pages of Tom’s best work from across a variety of comics this is nothing short of a bargain.

I wonder how many stinky, striped socks that amount of pages will contain?

Featuring content from IPC/Fleetway comics such as Buster, Whizzer and Chips, Whoopee!, Jackpot and of course OiNK, along with new extra bits and bobs from Tom make sure you pre-book yours as soon as it becomes available (keep an eye on the blog). Or are you some sort of fun-hating wet blanket?

One final note. Since Rebellion bought the rights to the huge IPC/Fleetway back catalogue this is the first time we’ll see an OiNK strip being reprinted. Of course, a lot of OiNK’s content was creator owned so it’s potentially a lot more complicated to arrange, but it’s still exciting to see the first strip resurfacing for modern audiences. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds.