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Heritage Comics – Spellbound Volume 1

Three years there was great excitement when spooky storyteller, Damian Darke appeared on Twitter hinting at a Spellbound revival –

“For four long decades nothing has stirred in these shadows except memories, but now a sigh, a shiver, a whisper as of dark wings beating, or perhaps of pages fluttering in some vast and echoing library…and as Halloween approaches, something awakens…”

Then it was revealed that a digital volume of Spellbound, reprinting “I Don’t Want to Be a Witch” and Damian Darke stories would be released. Suddenly just at it was due to be released the twitter account was deleted, and all traces of it disappeared… a Halloween mystery at the time!  I checked on Comixology at the time, despite promotional material no longer available and was pleased to see that it was there to purchase, but then soon after it was taken off that platform as well! It seems they was some some background reshuffling in the DCT Heritage Comics department. There were rumours of plans for it to be released again, but as the years passed it seemed it was lost in the mist of times, until suddenly for this Halloween it has been released and even more exciting, a launch of new range of digital releases of their archives (also including Commando and Warlord) that will release at the end of each month. More information on Downthetubes website. These books now available to purchase on Amazon.

For Spellbound Volume 1 there is plenty to enjoy. Including reprinting 13 tales from Damian Darke, and in some cases the 1/2 page Special Spellbound text feature, that would come after a shorter story.  Some of my favourite stories make an appearance including Mystery at Howlen Hall, Swamp of Evil and The Cavalier’s Cloak. Other reprints included are a Nightmare text story and several Spellbound covers. Then  we get the full length serial “I Don’t Want to Be a Witch” which appeared in the first fifteen issues of Spellbound, drawn by Norman Lee and a new 6 page sequel to the story with Celia’s daughter, Sophia taking the lead with an ending caption box promising we’ll find out more soon. Another new story starts the book, a chilling Damian Darke tale where two girls Mackenzie and Gwen break into an old house and Mackenzie finds some old spooky comics… a definite fun addition to the Damian Darke collection.

Evidently it’s a very full book and the digital quality is good, with cleaned up and sharp art (especially in comparison  to the tattered yellowing versions of these comics, I’m used to reading!).  The  stories are as engaging as ever and it it is also a thrill to see newer takes on old stories. I am glad that other people will get to enjoy this book now, and I will look forward to what the next edition brings.

Lynne Against Lareno [1978]

  • Lynne Against Lareno –  Emma: #01 (26 February 1978) – #09 (29 April 1978)
  • Art: Norman Lee

Plot

Lynne Frankin arrives in Lareno, a small town located just before the Mexican border, to visit her friend Kate Marlow. Kate moved to Lareno to set up a riding school, but when Lynne asks a taxi driver to take her to Kate’s school, he drives off saying there is no such place. The Sheriff and Mayor are also unwelcoming, and the mayor tells her, Kate died of a fever showing her a fresh grave with the markings still wet. The Sheriff, lets her stay in a cell for the night saying the hotel is full and that he will bring her to bus in the morning. But Lynne doesn’t believe their story and wants to stay and find out what happened to Kate even if the whole town is against her.

First she tries to talk to the town doctor but he is uncooperative and the Sheriff is always close by watching. Then she tries to hire a car so she can drive to the riding school, but is told none available. With no other option she decides to walk to Kate’s school, but a fake sign along the way leads her astray. She would be lost in the desert but luckily she figures out by how the sun is casting shadows, how to get back on to the road. She meets a young man, Mike, who is friendly until he finds out who she is, he drives off. She finds er way to Kate’s school which appears to be abandoned but then Sheriff Tully arrives and arrests her for trespassing. A secret friend gives her the bail money she needs through the cell window and the friend also helps by leaving her food, when no-one will sell her anything.

Lynne spies some residents trying to bury something on the outskirts of town until Sheriff Tully clears them off. They are having some worries but the Sheriff tells them to remember what happened to the last person who raised objections. She wonders if they are talking about Kate. Before she can investigate further she is caught again and this time locked in a hotel room. She sees some newcomers arrive and she is about to get their attention when she is stopped by Mike. She also sees Kate but Mike tells her that Kate is dead and who she saw was the Sheriff’s daughter. Thinking Mike is not going to help her she manages to find a way out from where she is being held. She tracks down the strangers she saw earlier and tells them her story, but they in turn says she knows too much and take her captive!

They take her to the riding school and Lynne gets more pieces of puzzle as they seem to think plane crashed there and are looking for something the Sheriff and Deputy arrive and arrest the men and Lynne. Mayor Novak is getting jumpy, talking about taking his share and leaving. Then Lynne sees the Mayor driving off and Deputy shooting after him. Mike tells Lynne to escape in the confusion. Lynne uses the opportunity to search where she last thought she saw Kate, she finds her asleep (possibly drugged) in a cellar, she is unable to rescue her as she is tracked down again. She comes across Mayor Novak’s car he has already been caught and there are men taking crate of gold ingots back to town, now Lynne knows what the town has been hiding. Lynne sees Mike, he helped er before but she doesn’t know if she can really trust him, she isn’t given a choice when more of the Sheriff’s men come after her and start shooting at her, she as to jump into his jeep to escape. It is the right choice as Mike has been secretly helping her. They make contact with state police and rescue Kate. The whole story comes out, a gang had committed a big robbery and were flying to Mexico when their plane crashed near Kate’s school, killing all the crew. The town decided to share out the gold, but Kate and Mike wouldn’t go along with it, which is why they locked up Kate, as Mike was a local they gave him the benefit of doubt that he wouldn’t turn them in. The strangers that arrived were part of the gang looking for the gold. After the police have finished their investigation, Lynne, Kate and Mike leave Lareno for good as there’s nothing left for them there anymore.

 

Thoughts

This must have been fun for Norman Lee to draw, having small American town in the desert, makes it a different backdrop to the frequent British locations. The isolation and unfamilar area, certainly ups to stakes for Lynne too. With seemingly the whole town against her and nowhere close by to go for help, she is left to fend for herself. She has the option of leaving, but shows her loyalty to her friend by sticking around through the hostilities to find out what happened. Lynne also shows herself as resourceful, like figuring out how to get out of desert or finding loose floorboard to escape through. The mystery is intriguing enough as well, the reader must wonder what the town is hiding and is Kate really dead. Along with that there is a lot of action and excitement, such as Lynne getting stuck in quicksand or getting shot at! When she finally goes to strangers for help it turns out they are worse than the people of Lareno!

There are some questions like why would Kate choose this place to start a riding school, doesn’t seem the most lucrative of places to set up a business and it is a long way from England. Also as Mike was person to raise objections initially it seems odd to let him guard Lynne. Sheriff Tully does seem to be running the show, as we do see others a bit nervous of the scheme, so it is interesting that he is not interested in doing a deal with the gang saying he doesn’t do deals with crooks, but considering what he has done to that point the has already crossed the line into unlawful behaviour, but maybe in is mind he has been able to justify his actions. It’s the only time we see him express any morals so we don’t get to develop that further, for most of the story he is just the main antagonist to deal with. The other towns people are unfriendly to Lynne but seem less confident than Sheriff Tully. Of course with so many people involved and everyone getting jumpy its inevitable that their downfall will come. It is an exciting journey along the way and again showed off the variety of stories the Emma comic started with.

 

Bunty Summer Special 1990

Picture Stories

  • Bunty – a Girl Like You (Page 2) [Art: Andy Tew]
  • The Four Marys (Pages: 3-7) [Art: Jim Eldridge]
  • Oh, We Do Like to be Beside the Seaside! (Pages: 12-14) [Art: Terry Aspin]
  • Sister Suzie (Pages: 15-17) [Art: Matias Alonso]
  • The Good Fairy (Pages: 20-22) [Art: Norman Lee]
  • The Comp (Pages: 27-32) [Art: Ron Lumsden]
  • Superlamb (Pages: 38-40) [Art: Matias Alonso]
  • A Place for Misty (Pages: 41-43) [Art: Andy Tew]
  • Pinkie (Pages: 45-47) [Art: Douglas Perry]

Photo Stories

  • A Sister for Liz (Pages: 9-11)
  • My Friend Sam (Pages: 33-35)

Features

  • Lucky! Lucky! Lucky! (Page 8)
  • Club Corner (Page 19)
  • Girls! Girls! Girls! (Page 23)
  • Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan Poster (Pages: 24-25)
  • Oh Boys! (Page 26)
  • It’s Legoland (Page 36)
  • Design a Fashion (Page 37)
  • When the Circus Comes to Town… (Page 44)
  • Bros Poster (Page 48)

*Thanks to Goof for the information and cover picture

Bunty-Judy Summer Special 1976

Cover Art: Doris Kinnear

Picture Stories

  • The Four Marys (Pages: 2-4) [Art: James Walker]
  • Jenny Laker – Record Breaker (Pages: 5, 7) [Art: A E Allen]
  • The Phantom Ballerina (Pages: 8-9, 11) [Art: Mike White]
  • Superstitious Cindy (Page 10)
  • The Last of the Big Ones (Pages: 12-13, 15)
  • Bobby Dazzler (Pages: 17, 19) [Art: Giorgio Letteri]
  • Wee Slavey (Pages: 21-21) [Art: John Leonard Higson]
  • Junior Nanny (Pages: 24-25) [Art: Oliver Passingham]
  • Big Spender (Pages: 28-29, 31) [Art: Robert Hamilton]
  • Big ‘n’ Bertha (Page 32)

Text Stories

  • Some Holiday! (Pages: 26-27) [Art: Norman Lee]

Features

  • How NOT to Ruin your Camping Holiday! (Page 3)
  • It’s a Record! (Page 6)
  • The Space Race (Page 14)
  • Bunty’s Cut-Out Wardrobe (Page 16)
  • Pony Tales (Page 18)
  • Sun Spot (Page 22)
  • Bobby Puzzler! (Page 23)
  • Pick of the Pops (Page 27)
  • Olympic Scrapbook (Page 30)

 

*Thanks to Goof for the information and cover picture

Diana Annual 1978

Picture Stories

  • Stand and Deliver (Pages: 2-3, 126-127) [Art: David Matysiak]
  • Samanta – on the Slippery Slopes (Pages: 7-13) [Art: Norman Lee]
  • The Courage of Caroline (Pages: 21-28) [Art:  Martin Puigagut]
  • All for the Love of Lucy  (Pages: 33-37, 40-44) [Art: Michael Strand]
  • You and Your Yuletide (Pages: 38-39)
  • …And Then There Were Three…  (Pages: 52-62)  [Art: Enrique Badia Romero?]
  • Blanche and the Pirate King (Pages: 67-76) [Art: Jordi Franch]
  • Jo and Co. (Pages 83-88) [Art: Brian Delaney]
  • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall  (Man in Black story) (Pages: 97-103) [Art: David Matysiak]
  • Once Upon a Wish (Pages: 117-124) [Art: Tony Hudson]

Text Stories

  • Christmas Magic (Pages: 14-16)
  • A Home for Sheba (Pages: 29,45,66, 89, 96 & 125) [Writer: Valerie Edwards]
  • Little Red-Riding Hood was Never Like this! Or was she? (Pages: 112-113)

Features

  • Are You on the Beauty Map? (Pages: 17-19)
  • Etiquette Emma (Page: 46-47)
  • Let’s Put Things ‘Write’  (Page: 48, 93)
  • Putting on the Syle (Page: 49-51)
  • Star Spangled Christmas (Pages: 77-80)
  • Are You a Christmas Star? (Pages: 90-91)
  • New Holidays for Old… (Pages: 92-93)
  • The Noel File (Page: 94)
  • Martine and the Ghosts in Her Life! (Pages: 95-96) [By Muriel-Jane Smith]
  • Pretty as a Picture  (Pages:104-108)
  • Redcoat for a Day (Pages: 109-111)

Pop photos/pictures/pin ups

  • David Essex (Page: 6)
  • Wings (Page: 20)
  • Mick Jagger & Ronnie Wood (Pages: 30 – 31)
  • David Soul painting (Page: 32)
  • Olivia Newton John (Page: 63)
  • The Dynamic Bionics painting (Pages: 64 – 65)
  • Star-mp Collection (Pages: 114 – 115)
  • Paul Michael Glaser painting (Page: 116)

 

*Thanks to Helen Fay for information

Diana Annual 1977

Picture Stories

  • The Stupid Cupid Saga (Pages: 2-3, 126-127) [Art: David Matysiak]
  • But Some Things are the Same… (Pages: 7-12) [Art: Norman Lee]
  • Ha-Ha Heartbreaker a story without words (Page: 13)
  • Kelly’s Conquest (Pages: 21-28)
  • One Dress Too Many (Pages: 33-38) [Art: George Martin]
  • Jo and Co. (Pages: 43-48)  [Art: Brian Delaney]
  • A Fabulous Four Story – Vengeance (Pages: 53-62) [Art: Jordi or Enrico Badia Romera?]
  • Story Without Words (Page: 67)
  • Can Time Repair a Broken Heart?  (Pages: 71-77) [Art: Tony Hudson]
  • Sadly the Olives Grow…  (Pages: 81-86) [Art: Shirley Tourret?]
  • Strange Things Happen at Christmas (Pages: 103-110)
  • Candelight – Story Without Words (Page: 116)
  • Mirror of Evil (Man in Black story) (Pages:117-124) [Art: David Matysiak]

Text Stories

  • Honeysuckle (Pages: 14-16)  [Writer: Carol Marsh]
  • On The Bewildering Trail Of Ima Kneavezdroppa (Pages: 29, 42, 87, 96 & 125)
  • May was Meant for Dancing  (Pages; 63-66) [Writer: Valerie Edwards, Spot Art: David Matysiak]
  • The Ice Maiden  (Page: 86) [Writer: Valerie Edwards]
  • On the Wings of a Breeze  (Pages: 114-115) [Writer: Sheila Spencer-Smith,Art: Tony Hudson]

Features

  • You And Your Hols. (Pages: 17 – 19)
  • Feeling Dicey? (Page: 20)
  • A Very Special Christmas… (Pages: 30 – 31)
  • Just Imagine (Page: 32)
  • The Way To The Stars’ Tummies! (Page: 39)
  • Yours Sincerely David (Pages: 40 – 41)
  • Something Special (Page: 49)
  • Holidays With The Stars (Pages: 50 – 51) [by Dick Tatham]
  • Papier Mache (Page: 52)
  • With Lots Of Love (Pages: 68 – 69) [Art: Mari L’Anson]
  • What’s Up, Croc? (Page: 70)
  • Budget Boutique (Pages: 78 – 79) [Art: Mari L’Anson]
  • Come Fly With Me (Page: 80)
  • My Journey To A Star (Pages: 88 – 89)
  • Mud, Glorious Mud! (Pages: 90 – 91)
  • Your Christmas Crossword (Page: 92)
  • K For Kenny (Page: 93) [by Chris Redburn]
  • Is Your Face Red? (Pages: 94 – 95)
  • Who’s For You? (Pages: 97 – 101)
  • Rings ‘N’ Things (Page: 102)
  • Top Gear (Page: 111)
  • Days Of Camelot (Pages: 112 – 113)

Pop photos/pictures/pin ups

  • Slik (Page: 6)
  • Queen (Page: 63)

 

*Thanks to Helen Fay for information

Diana Annual 1976

Picture Stories

  • Sam and Something Called a Stately Home!  (Pages: 6-11) [Art: Norman Lee]
  • The Love Locket (Pages: 15-22 ) [Art: David Matysiak]
  • Love in Bloom – story without words (Page: 23)
  • Sad September (Pages: 26-32) [Art: Jordi Franch]
  • Jo and Co (Pages: 37-42) [Art: Brian Delaney]
  • Olé! We’re Away or a touch of Marjorcan Magic (Pages: 46)
  • The Manovitch Experiment (Pages: 49-57 ) [Art: Enrique Badia Romera]
  • The Handsome Lad from Old Baghdad (Pages: 67-72)  [Art: George Martin]
  • The Long Lonely Night (Pages: 76-80)
  • The Friday Rocking-Horse (Pages: 82-85) [Art: Shirley Tourret?]
  • Polly Private Eye (Pages: 87-94)  [Art: Jesus Redondo Roman]
  • Skeletons in the Cupboard (Man in Black story) (Pages: 104-110) [Art: David Matysiak]
  • France is Where Her Heart Lies (Pages: 115-121) [Art: Tony Hudson]

 

Text Stories

  • Twas the Night Before Christmas (Pages: 24-25) [Writer: Valerie Edwards]
  • The Case of the Harassed Heiress (Pages: 34-35,43,66, 111) [Art: Mari L’Anson]
  • Dear Sir (Pages:44-45) [Art: Tony Hudson?]
  • Bea’s Year (Pages: 48,95)
  • I Love you, Bobby Denton (Pages: 61-62)
  • Just Justin & Me (Page:75)
  • Keep Your feet in the Sawdust & a Smile on Your Face (Pages: 122-124) [Writer: Celia Harcourt]

Features

  • Inside Cover Picture (Pages: 2-3, 126-127) [Art: David Matysiak]
  • Herb Beauty  (Pages:12-13) [Art: Mari L’Anson]
  • Special Day Specialities  (Page: 14)
  • Looking for Luck (Page: 36)
  • Like a Movie (poem) (Page 43) [by Lee Delaney]
  • Sorry, Wrong Show (Pages; 47)
  • Know-How a helpful quiz for you (Pages: 58-59)
  • It’s in the Bag (Page: 60)
  • Sit Tight Sit Bright (Page: 63)
  • TV or not TV game (Pages: 64-65)
  • Pony Express(ions) (Pages: 62, 66, 101, 114)
  • A Touch of Class (Pages: 74-75)
  • A Cracker of a Cross-word (Pages: 81)
  • Ve Vill Ask the Questions (Page: 86)
  • Especially for You (Pages: 96-97, 100)
  • You and Your Yuletide (Page: 99)
  • Marlyn’s (Chain)Mailbag (Page: 102-103)
  • Whats Yours? (Pages: 112-113) [Art: Mari L’Anson]
  • To Top it All! (Page: 114)

Pop photos/pictures/pin ups

  • David Essex (Page: 33)
  • Alvin Stardust (Page: 73)
  • Gary Glitter (Page: 98)
  • Bay City Rollers (Page: 125)

 

*Thanks to Helen Fay for information

Diana Annual 1985

Picture Stories

  • One Day in Camelot…  (Pages: 7-16)
  • Rubies of Revenge  (Pages: 21-32, 114-125)  [Art: Paddy Brennan]
  • Becky and Brock  (Pages: 33-45) [Art: Pat Tourret]
  • Yasmin’s Mission of Mercy (Pages: 53-62)
  • Sam 2000  (Pages: 69-77)  [Norman Lee]
  • How Miss Puddlethorpe 1984 became Miss World 1985 (Pages:81-92) [Art: Brian Delaney]
  • Ghost Train – a man in black story  (Pages:97-107 ) [Art: Davd Matysiak]

Text Stories

  • A Gift of Love (Pages: 46-48) [Writer: V. Edwards]

Features

  • David Essex (Page: 6)
  • At the King’s Court (Page: 17)
  • Cinema Blockbusters – Gone with the Wind  (Pages: 18-19)
  • Hart to Hart poster  (Page: 20)
  • Harrison Ford poster (Page: 49)
  • Cinema Blockbusters – Jaws (Pages: 50-51)
  • Act Your Age! (Pages: 52)
  • Persian (Page: 63)
  • Ribbon Rainbows  (Pages: 64-65)
  • Cinema Blockbusters – Star Wars (Pages: 66-67)
  • It’s Magic the Paul Daniels Story (Pages: 68)
  • Cinema Blockbusters – Grease (Pages: 78-79)
  • Tom Selleck poster (Page: 80)
  • It’s a Funny (Miss)World (Page: 93)
  • Border Collie poster (Page:94)
  • Dance!Dance! Dance! (Page: 95)
  • Put a Face on It  (Page: 96)
  • Bucks Fizz poster (Pages: 108-109)
  • Teddy Bears’ Picnic (Pages;110-111)  [by Jane McFie]
  • Fun Food  (Pages: 112-113)

Diana Annual 1984

Picture Stories

  • Sam’s Dream Holiday  (Pages: 8 -17)  [Art: Norman Lee]
  • All for the Love of Amy  (Pages: 21-30, 115-122) [Art: Rossend Franch?]
  • The Courage of Cass  (Pages: 33-43) [Art: Pat Tourret]
  • In the Clutches of Killar  (Pages: 49-58) [Pencils: Sean Phillips, Inks: Ken Houghton]
  • Doom Warning a man in black story  (Pages: 67-76 ) [Art: David Matysiak]
  • The Incredible Tale of Aurora Shufflebottom – Sleeping Beauty  (Pages: 81-90) [Art: Brian Delaney]
  • The Mystery of Dowerby Manor  (Pages: 97-106) [Art: Ron Tiner]

Text Stories

  • All on a Moonlit Night  (Pages: 18-20) [Art: Tony Hudson]
  • To Paris with Tony (Page: 92-94)

Features

  • Toyah the Star with Rainbows in her Hair (Pages: 6-7) [Writer: M.J.Smith]
  • Mirror Magic! (Pages: 31-32)
  • Way Out Waves (Pages: 44-45)
  • Laughter Lines  (Pages: 46-47)
  • The Name’s the Same!  (Pages: 48)
  • Shaky poster (Pages: 59)
  • Clint Eastwood Superstar  (Pages: 60-61)
  • The Magic Lantern Kids  (Pages: 62-63)  [by Jane Smith]
  • Make Yourself a Merry Christmas!  (Pages: 64-66) [by M.J. Smith]
  • Toto Coelo  poster (Page: 77)
  • Charles Bronson Superstar  (Pages: 78-79)
  • Meet Bella – Blunderwoman (Page: 80)
  • All Change… with Kenny Everett  (Page: 91)
  • Daddy’s Girls  (Page: 95-96)
  • ABC poster  (Page: 107)
  • The Wonderful World of the Great British Sandwich (Pages: 108-110)
  • Star Careers for You (Pages: 111-114)
  • Sheena poster (Page: 123)
  • Jack Nicholson Superstar  (Pages: 124-125)

Diana Annual 1983

Picture Stories

  • Sam in search of Romance  (Pages: 6-15) [Art: Norman Lee]
  • To Kill a Queen (Pages: 20-28, 114-121) [Art: Rossend Franch?]
  • It’s a Cat’s Life!  (Pages: 33-39) [Art: Juan Solé Puyal]
  • Green Grows the Ivy – a man in black story (Pages: 51- 58) [Art: David Matysiak]
  • The Medusa Mission (Pages: 71-80) [Art: Ken Houghton]
  • The Tadcaster Twins  (Pages: 81-91) [Art: Brian Delaney]
  • Man-Trap!  (Pages: 99-106)

Text Stories

  • The Emerald Ring (Page: 18-20) [Writer: Valerie Edwards, Art: David Matysiak]
  • A Handful of Dreams (Pages: 44-46)

Features

  • Taylor- Ed for the Top (Page: 16)
  • Toyah poster (Page:17)
  • Kitty Bitty  (Page: 29)
  • 5-4-3-2-1 Adam and the Ants!  (Pages: 30-31)
  • I’m Forever Blowing…  (Page:32)
  • Rocking in the Isles (Pages: 40-41)
  • Looks Like a Winner  (Page:42-43)
  • Keep Your Cool!  (Page: 47) [Art: David Matysiak]
  • What’s in a Name?  (Page: 48)
  • Goldie Hawn  (Page: 49-50)
  • The Jam poster (Page: 59)
  • Penny-Wise Surprise  (Page: 60-61)
  • 5-4-3-2-1 Buck’s Fizz!  (Pages: 62-63)
  • Eye’s Right! (Page: 64-65 )[By Jane Smith]
  • Madness  poster (Page: 66-67)
  • Wish I Was There! (Page: 68) [By Jane McFie]
  • Christopher Reeve  (Pages:69-70)
  • Have a Happy Holiday  (Page: 92-93)
  • 5-4-3-2-1 Stray Cats!  (Pages: 94-95)
  • Danger – Men (and Women) at Work! (Page: 96)
  • Jane Fonda  (Pages: 97-98)
  • You and Your Hue  (Pages: 107-109)
  • 5-4-3-2-1 Dollar!  (Pages: 110-111)
  • Robert De Niro  (Pages: 112-113)
  • Anne Other Deirdre (Pages: 122-123)  [by M.J. Smith]
  • 5-4-3-2-1 Shakin’ Stevens!  (Pages: 124-125)