For 25 years The Spider, Grimly Feendish, The Steel Claw,
Robot Archie, and scores of other bizarre creations from the
hallowed IPC vaults have been missing. Where have they been?
And why, after all this time, have they suddenly reappeared?
The answers await you within these pages...
was always a bit different when it came to superheroes; they
weren't like the American, spandex-clad, square-jawed heroes.
As John Constantine once observed, he likes Britain because
no-one would wear spandex and a cape in public even if they
could hurdle tall buildings in a single bound. No, we had
something stranger, odder, more eccentric. Hairy comics god
Alan Moore and his daughter Leah Moore, John Reppion, Shane
Oakley and George Freeman take us on a strange journey of
rediscovery as we return to the world of The Spider, The Steel
Claw and Robot Archie. A modern day tale of yesterday and
how those heroes came to be forgotten.
decades, children all across the British Isles thrilled to
the comic-strip exploits of The Spider, The Steel Claw, Captain
Hurricane and more. But the comics, and their heroes, disappeared.
Now Danny, a young student, and Penny, who claims to be the
daughter of a forgotten hero, are investigating the disappearances.
Meanwhile, in an isolated castle, a group of jailers watch
over "criminals" with peculiar pasts and bizarre names and
abilities. Is it all real? Are Danny and Penny delusional?
Who has all the answers?
a bit of a strange beast. To be perfectly honest those not
old enough to remember the IPC characters reproduced here
may be left scratching their heads. But, if you do fondly
remember The Spider, Grimly Feendish, Kelly's Eye, The Steel
Claw, or any of the other characters mentioned within these
pages, then you'll embrace this tale with all the boyhood
wonderment that you originally embraced the original tales
if like me, you hardly recognise any of the characters, then
there are a few reprinted tales at the back of this collection
to throw more light on their origins.
was pleased to see a brief appearance by Faceache (whom I
remember from Buster) and to be perfectly honest, I
think if Albion had been set more in my era (I'm in
my mid-30s) I'd probably have got a much bigger kick out of
it stands, however, Albion is an interesting idea -
which unfortunately won't appeal to everybody.