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Colin YNWA

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Wildcat - any good?
« on: 10 June, 2018, 09:07:51 pm »
Well I'm making my way through 'The Fleetway Files'  and have been very intrigued by the article on Wildcat. Has anyone read it? Was it any good, worth searching out? Seemed like an interesting idea and while I seem to recall I wasn't to impressed with the pullout in 2000ad back in the day that was a long time ago and its caught old Colin's imagination.

Any thoughts, feelings, or indeed warnings?

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Re: Wildcat - any good?
« Reply #1 on: 10 June, 2018, 09:47:00 pm »
I love Wildcat, (good to hear your'e reading FF!).
I didn't get it first time round but did pick it up soon after. Storywise its solid Eagle fare, with Loner and Kitten Magee and some of the shorts the strong storylines. Artwise its incredible, so on decentish papere your get Ortiz, Ron Smith, Redondo, Vanyo, David Pugh, some Massimo, Ian Kennedy, Lalia and more.
Well worth seeking out.

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Re: Wildcat - any good?
« Reply #2 on: 10 June, 2018, 10:47:10 pm »
Its major problem was that it was old-school and more akin to Eagle than 2000ad at a time when comics were becoming more sophisticated, and obviously the single universe in which all the stories took place may or may not be something you can get behind - but as an indulgent adult used to reading comics from that era, you'll probably appreciate it more than you would have done if reading it as a kid at the time.
The art was amazing, and to give it its due, Kitten Magee - an action/sci-fi story about a female lead backed up by an all-female cast - in what was clearly a boys' comic?  I'm sorry to bring it up when everyone is having a nice evening but by the time 2000ad sacked up to try such a thing it was Space Girls, and that was about ten years after Wildcat folded.

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Re: Wildcat - any good?
« Reply #3 on: 10 June, 2018, 11:13:14 pm »
I dont know if Ortiz got the brief that it was a kids comic :D

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Re: Wildcat - any good?
« Reply #4 on: 11 June, 2018, 06:11:25 am »
I absolutely loved Wildcat at the time but haven’t read it in years. I’ll have to dig my old issues out.
I think my favourite character was Joe Alien. He was an alien cyborg whose major weakness was that his brain could be detached from the back of his head turning him into an idiot.
There was a really cool free poster of an alien zoo - the aliens came in the form of stickers which you had to collect each issue. A cool idea for an incentive- who doesn’t love an alien zoo?

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Re: Wildcat - any good?
« Reply #5 on: 11 June, 2018, 06:18:30 am »
Thanks folks. Sounds like this might well be worth tracking down... the hunt begins...

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Re: Wildcat - any good?
« Reply #6 on: 12 June, 2018, 01:07:40 am »
Would this fall under the rebellion rights library these days. Because a 2 volume compilation of the whole thing would be VERY appealing given the artists involved.
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Re: Wildcat - any good?
« Reply #7 on: 12 June, 2018, 06:04:53 am »
I'm guessing, though I have no idea, it would belong to Dan Dare Corporation (why you Dan Dare Corporation we'll get you - shakes fist) as it merged with Eagle?

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Re: Wildcat - any good?
« Reply #8 on: 12 June, 2018, 08:54:44 am »
The Loner strips from Wildcat were also printed by Fleetway/Quality in a series of US format comics. Not sure if that would make any difference to current ownership.

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Re: Wildcat - any good?
« Reply #9 on: 12 June, 2018, 08:56:19 am »
If someone could recommend a good picture hosting site I could get some scans up if anyone's interested?

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Re: Wildcat - any good?
« Reply #10 on: 12 June, 2018, 08:56:30 am »
Rebellion own it, like some of the other titles that merged with Eagle like Scream and Battle.

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Re: Wildcat - any good?
« Reply #11 on: 12 June, 2018, 08:57:46 am »
Rebellion own it, like some of the other titles that merged with Eagle like Scream and Battle.

Ohhhh now that is interesting I wonder if they plan to do anything with it?

(Also just goes to show best not to listen to me!)

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Re: Wildcat - any good?
« Reply #12 on: 12 June, 2018, 08:58:28 am »
Turbo Jones got a prestige format collection in the states as well.

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Re: Wildcat - any good?
« Reply #13 on: 12 June, 2018, 09:00:21 am »
Given the quality of the comic, I'm sure they will at some point.

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Re: Wildcat - any good?
« Reply #14 on: 12 June, 2018, 09:04:31 am »
Would Rebellion be able to reprint the content that appeared in Eagle or only the episodes that ran in the original Wildcat comic?