One thing that frustrates me: recording a programme on the television, with plans to watch it later, only to find the ending has not recorded! Or not knowing the ending of a serial. Anyone share that frustration? I believe it all stems from my younger days, when I started reading this weekly serial in the English boys' comic, Valiant... And even though my father kindly asked the newsagent to keep a copy aside for me each week, I never got to find out how this serial ended!
Of all the incomplete programmes and stories that I have never found out the ending to, this is the one I would most like to see reprinted! Just to find out what happened at the end of the story! Of course, I don't even know who owns the present copyright to this material, once published by Fleetway Publications in the 1960s...
From memory, I think the "monster" ended up being the boys' headmaster; but what happened to the people in the town and how normal life resumed, I have no way of knowing! I suppose that is why a lot of people end up becoming comic book collectors. But I have not the time! Even so, it is quite difficult to locate some of these old English comics....even with the modern-day benefits of eBay....
Comicoz is Nat Karmichael's publishing imprint. Nat is committed to preserving a permanent collection of Australian comic and comic strips. He feels that there is a need to recognise comics' contribution to and depiction of Australian culture.
Since 2011, Nat has self-published over twelve comic-related books and was Publisher-Editor of
Oi Oi Oi! -- the last series of nationally-distributed comic books of original stories to appear on Australian newsstands. He is a member of the Australian Cartoonists Association and edited the Association's journal Inkspot for 14 issues from late 2015. For numerous years he was the Lead Judge in the Ledger of Honour Awards for the Comic Arts Awards of Australia (formerly the Ledgers). These days Nat dreams of retiring from his occupation as a Clinical Nurse in the Psychiatric Emergency Centre in Queensland's largest public hospital, so that he can spend more time with his long-suffering wife and their six children and fourteen grandchildren. And perhaps publish some more comic-related books.
Comicoz acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay respects to elders, past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples.
Australian Publications since 1976:
1 x Poster
19 x comics (one a co-production with Cyclone Comics in 1988/9, one a co-production with Cowtown Comics in 2022)
2 x Paperback books
10 x Hardcover books