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Monday, July 14, 2014

COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — Garth #4: The Quest for the Q Ray!

As previously established I’ve always been intrigued by Garth, the UK’s newspaper plainclothes lowercase superman.  So far I’ve mostly only been able to read the later more grownup Frank Bellamy version but thanks to the Atlas reprints from Australia I’ve had a chance to see the work of original artist John Allard. Although frequently compared to Superman (though I’ve always thought he owed more to a pre-Time Top Brick Bradford) Allard always sited Terry and the Pirates as being more of an influence on the strip and, boy, can you see that in  The Quest for the Q Ray.

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It’s a rollicking Boys Own Adventure full of a lost cities and master criminals, supercomputers and of course, the titular Q Ray.  It’s painfully old-fashioned, in the best way possible.

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6 Responses to “COMIC BOOK COMPULSIVE — Garth #4: The Quest for the Q Ray!”

  1. Lee Grice Says:

    This is great stuff, thanks for posting! But the scans are a bit muddled – some pages are duplicated and some are missing I think.

  2. Steve Bennett Says:

    Sorry about that — I’ve completely replaced the strips, hopefully in proper order, and used auto adjust. Hopefully, they’ll be easier to read this way.

  3. Wayne Keil Says:

    You are missing strips #23 and #25. #31-#34 are duplicated.

  4. Steve Bennett Says:

    Hopefully, finally,, that fixes it.

  5. Wayne Keil Says:

    Hello Steve,
    There is still one strip missing that you posted in the first listing. Each individual Garth strip is numbered at the bottom of the page. The second row of strips from the bottom that you posted – the left is numbered 31, the right is numbered 33. You are missing strip #32. There are 33 strips all together not counting the color cover.

  6. Steve Bennett Says:

    Thanks for pointing it out — for some reason this one has been a bear to get right. I’ll try again.

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