Absurdly awesome covers from 1930s boys' magazine: The Hotspur


#1

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#2

Awww, no weasels?


#3

Early conceptual art for Zardoz.


#4

I already know the plot of the story about the giant spiky snail. Maximum speed of what, one foot per hour?


#5

it’s a zombie giant snail.


#6

Pretty sure we had a Christmas compendium of the Hotspur floating about the house when I was a kid.


#7

Batman and the BatJet:


#8

I’m sure that 14th cover must be the inspiration for Billy the Fish (link to VIZ, so work-place caution, natch)


#9

I must get these. As many as possible.

I see at least one available on eBay.

But look how ahead of its time it was!

Star War stories… in 1940?!


#10

Batman vs. the Absurdly Large Pencil


#11

Oh, man, these are just splendid.

I bet the stories suck hard enough to drag a musk melon through a garden hose, but who cares? Those covers have enough awesome to last a week.


#12

I don’t know what the big deal is, aren’t giant snails rather common on your hooo-mans earth?


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#14

Does anyone else see a car being attacked by a bunch of primitive Bender robots in the seventh one down?


#15

Hitchbot is avenged.


#16

Anyone know what the “d” stands for in “Price 2d”?


#17

Are these out of copyright by now?

I’m assuming yes so it won’t be a faux pas to ask if anyone has a torrent link?
I could only find a torrent of the first 3 issues…


#18

My guess is Two Dimes, or twenty cents.


#19

In England? Are you sure?


#20

Nope, I take it back. I was thinking too USsian. Sorry.

EDIT: It’s tuppence. Ref Wiki.