Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Miserable...accursed Australians...

...a more apt description of Australians I have never heard before. Particularly now we're in the thick of the international rugby season and that the cricket isn't all that far away.

Finally concerning the animated individuals highlighted here. Wouldn't you be doing better service to your emperor by living for him? Just sayin'.

Friday, September 26, 2014

An army of pilots...

...this is the real reason the British won the Big One. Their people were simply better than the other people. Where others would be at the mercy of the circumstances they find themselves in, this fellow has ignored the consigning fates and decided to belt the opposition over the head with a sock filled with dirt. Not only does he have the temerity to come up with this idea he has the grace to glide silently to complete his task. Just remember there's very little that a shot down British pilot can't do.  The war would have been over sooner if someone in authority had realised this and raised an army of pilots.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Some Ideas Are Stupid

Some ideas are more stupid than others. Flying upside down in front of angry men with a big gun is not a good idea. To do so during wartime is even less of a good idea. So when does an idea move from 'not a good idea' to a 'stupid idea'? Is there a defining moment or is it a continuum (irregular or incremental) that changes imperceptibly?

One thing is for certain. The ownership of stupid ideas is not necessarily a competitive buyers market even though it may seem like that. In times of stress and conflict you might find yourself the custodian of stupid ideas and you won't know what do with them. And the greatest irony is of course is that others will believe that they are all yours.

So strap yourself in and be prepared to fly upside down for as long as you can. The odds are not good but as long as you keep flying you still have a chance.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Inspiration comes in many forms. This time it comes from within.
The cover of Air Ace Picture Library 77 Sky Giants, comes from a panel from Air Ace Picture Library 39 Fighter Fighter! Both are published in 1961. The internal artwork is by two different artists. I much prefer the black and white panel to its colour impersonator. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Blighters, they got to be got. (Also celebrating 100,000 page views!)

Yet another beautiful piece of work from Mr Kennedy. And yet another apology for my poor scanning skills. I would love to own something like this. Then again...who wouldn't?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Almost Shakespearean...

If I bung on my worst Sir Larry accent I can make this panel sound like something from Shakespeare. Just think Henry V and give it a go. So man-up don the tights and strut upon life's stage. Try it and you'll see.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tiger Tank Profile Number 3

The 3rd installment of Tiger Tank Profile brings us  a pair of Tigers from Air Ace Picture Library number 276, Komet's Prey, published in January 1966. These brutes appear to like nothing better than to trundle around finding upside down aircraft to shoot up. Needless to say the Tigers move very quickly from being vicious perpetrators to hapless targets.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A man in a bubble called Malcolm.

Hey bubble man! Three miles! Up two thousand feet! Sounds like a lyric from a drug fueled Hendrix riffing tribute band or a lost lyric from a late Beatles unrecorded album. Man! Malcolm is in the bubble man. He is the bubble man. In the astrodome closer to heaven. 

Malcolm appears to either be in shock or is in a state of never ending calm. Maybe Malcolm can see that he is not just in a bubble but under a sea of lyrics and comments.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The biggest...

Isn't it always the way? Just when you are about to embark on some very important decision making somebody from head office has to stick their paw in. Can't you see I've got arrows and markers and a map with a big grid to deal with? Can't you people wait? And it's not like they ever call just to say 'hello' or 'how are things going?' It's always urgent. Urgent urgent urgent. I hate those guys.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Good Management

People never understand how hard it is to be the boss. Finding good employees is always a constant struggle. Sometimes speaking to your staff in harsh tones is the only language they will understand. This is not being cruel. This is not being insensitive. This is love. This is understanding. So the next time your boss calls you an imbecile or something similar don't despair. Your boss is not questioning your mental capacity or your ability. Your boss only has your best interests at heart and only looking to bring out the best in you. So stop blaming your equipment and stop feeling sorry for yourself. Thank your boss for their sincerity and love.

Just Beautiful!

I don't believe my scan of this panel does the original artwork any justice. Just look at that shading and detail! The way the ink hits the paper is just beautiful. I understand the artist is Ian Kennedy. Anybody who can make a ME 110 look this good is truly an artist and a genius. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

I get drunk...

...and dream that I see little men with sticks. It is the strangest dream. It is like being in a dark foreboding version of the Willy Wonka factory. But I am not Willy Wonka. But in this dream the little men are still there. They do not sing. They do not dance. Yet they are earnest and involved in their activities. In this dream other people make me want to do things and say things I do not understand.

Maybe I should stay away from strong drink. That should stop the dreams. But if I do that I'll never get to finish that report.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Men called Keith...

...are always undaunted. This is a fact. Have you ever met a Keith who was daunted? Sounds ridiculous. Because it is! Their choice of music may be under some suspicion of course, but that is a minor detail in the great scheme of things. When you're miles from where you should be with only one engine and whole countryside of people trying to stop you one thing is for certain. You're going to be in a much better position if you're travelling with a Keith.

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