Short ‘n Curlies by Si Spurrier


REmake/REmodel: Saturday Morning Eighties Cartoons

Si Spurrier instructions: SAVE US, 80’s CARTOONS, YOU’RE OUR ONLY HOPE It has been noted that today’s world has taken a peculiar lurch toward 80sdom. Uberconservatism in politics, racism in the news, trouble in the Falklands, riots on the streets, assaults upon the welfare state, godawful haircuts, an overzealous deployment of secondary colours in fashion, […]

REmake/REmodel Captain Future

New picks for the recent Remake/Remodel. Instructions as follows: CAPTAIN FUTURE. This from JESS NEVINS’ Pulp Encyclopaedia: “Captain Future’s adventures take place in the far-distant future of 1990. Roger Newton, his wife Elaine, and their best friend Simon Wright leave Earth for the Moon, where they establish an advanced laboratory. In this lab they create […]

Remake/Remodel: Namor The Sub Mariner

Si Spurrier’s instructions: We’re going to do something a bit different here. Rather than taking an idea or golden-age character and reinventing them as a Modern! Day! Super! Hero!, we’re going to take an ages-old superhero, throw away 90% of the background, and get Conceptual. This is important, pay attention: “Namor the Sub-Mariner: the child […]

REmake/REmodel: Judge Dredd – Guest Starring Al Ewing

Si Spurrier’s instructions: “Dredd is an American law enforcement officer in Mega City One: a violent city of the future where uniformed Judges combine the powers of police, judge, jury and executioner. Dredd and his fellow Judges are empowered to arrest, sentence and even execute criminals on the spot. He was created by writer John […]


Remake/Remodel: Lorna Drake

Si Spurrier (who has a new comic out today, The X-Club #1 from Marvel) gave his Remake/Remodel instructions out last week: LORNA DRAKE Bunty was a British comics anthology for girls published by D. C. Thomson & Co. from 1958 to 2001. It consisted of a collection of many small strips, typically the stories themselves […]

Remake/Remodel: Fantomah

Si Spurrier writes; This episode’s crop of Remake/Remodel favourites. Instructions went as follows: “Fantomah is a mysterious godlike being who protects the jungles of Africa. She has vast magical power, to the point of being practically omnipotent, and can transform herself into a frightening blue phantom/skeleton creature as well as a floating skull with blonde […]

Remake/Remodel: Six Gun Gorilla

Si Spurrier’s instructions: Six-Gun Gorilla was the star of several short Wild West stories in Wizard during the late 30’s. Let’s hear from that inestimable Prince of Pulp Jess Nevins for more, as nicked from his forthcoming Encyclopaedia of Pulp Heroes: “Six-Gun Gorilla is O’Neil, a gorilla. In Colorado he is sold to Bart Masters, […]

Remake/Remodel: Little Nemo In Slumberland

Si Spurrier’s instructions: LITTLE NEMO Little Nemo was quite simply one of the Best Things Ever. Quite apart from being an early explorer of the narrative medium, the amount of sheer invention, humour and creepiness pumped into it by Winsor McCay means it’s still a rollicking read today. And it’s fucking beautiful to look at. […]

Whitechapel Challenge – Redesigning Jenny Greenteeth

The “Remake/Remodel” challenge, founded by Warren Ellis, gives artists of all abilities the opportunity to show-off what they can do in the midst of the vast community at Whitechapel. It’s quite simply the best, and certainly the best-read, of its kind. Every week participants are given the name of a character – often Golden-Age heroes […]

Whitechapel Challenge: Spurt Hammond

The “Remake/Remodel” challenge, founded by Warren Ellis, gives artists of all abilities the opportunity to show-off what they can do in the midst of the vast community at Whitechapel. It’s quite simply the best, and certainly the best-read, of its kind. Every week participants are given the name of a character – often Golden-Age heroes […]

Whitechapel Challenge: Redesigning The Red Bee

The “Remake/Remodel” challenge, founded by Warren Ellis, gives artists of all abilities the opportunity to show-off what they can do in the midst of the vast community at Whitechapel. It’s quite simply the best, and certainly the best-read, of its kind. Every week participants are given the name of a character – often Golden-Age heroes […]

The Whitechapel Challenge – Redesigning The Crimson Clown

The “Remake/Remodel” challenge, founded by Warren Ellis, gives artists of all abilities the opportunity to show-off what they can do in the midst of the vast community at Whitechapel. It’s quite simply the best, and certainly the best-read, of its kind. Every week participants are given the name of a character – often Golden-Age heroes […]

The Whitechapel Challenge – Redesigning Faust

The “Remake/Remodel” challenge, founded by Warren Ellis, gives artists of all abilities the opportunity to show-off what they can do in the midst of the vast community at Whitechapel. It’s quite simply the best, and certainly the best-read, of its kind. Every week participants are given the name of a character – often Golden-Age heroes […]

The Whitechapel Challenge – Redesigning SeKhmet

The “Remake/Remodel” challenge, founded by Warren Ellis, gives artists of all abilities the opportunity to show-off what they can do in the midst of the vast community at Whitechapel. It’s quite simply the best, and certainly the best-read, of its kind. Every week participants are given the name of a character – often Golden-Age heroes […]

Short ‘n Curlies #51 by Si Spurrier

BrainFart: I know I’ve reached middle-age because I’ve just bought six bottles of wine and don’t intend to drink any of them, because they look better in the rack. Actually, stop: I know I’ve reached middle-age because I have a wine-rack in the first place. The AutoCue Says Keep Filling: Important! News! From Scandinavia! Pity […]

Short ‘n Curlies #50 by Si Spurrier

BrainFart: All-righty-then.  Let’s talk POPE. His pointy-headed Holiness descends upon these fair isles (there’s got to be an “aisles” pun there, but this is SACRED and PURE and NO LAUGHING MATTER also I can’t think of it) on Thursday 16th September.  He’ll be rattling-about in his funny little popemobile from Glasgow to London, spraying Blessings […]

Short ‘n Curlies #49

The Keyboard Is My FuckMonkey: Okay…  Back to last week’s ongoing Super-Heroic Super-Ramble. CATCHUP CORNER: You’ll recall we concluded — using the triple-pronged spear of Logic, Axiomatic Truth and Si Shouting Nonsense Until We All Nod And Agree — that the modern archetype of a Crime-Fighting Super Hero is occasionally hamstrung by the sheer unbelievability […]

Short ‘n Curlies #48 by Si Spurrier

The Keyboard Is My FuckMonkey: Steroidal Science-Powered Archetype of Teenage America's Wishful-Vision-Of-Perfect-Adulthood seeks new role, new challenges, new costume.  No cape-work, no call centres, no Nazis.  Action and excitement a MUST!!! Call 555-DECONSTRUKT-COMIX. That’s pretty much how my brain runs when I get the opportunity to write Superhero Fiction, these days. It’s the same for […]

Short ‘n Curlies #47 by Si Spurrier

News From The SpurSphere: Forgive me dipping oh-so-briefly into the horrors of Social Politics — specifically that least divisive of all issues, ho ho ho, the Police — and accept my promise to be as juvenile and reactionary as possible.  BRACE BRACE BRACE. It’s nothing new at any rate; I’ve written before about the Creeping […]