Alan Moore's St Pancras Panda Hits eBay

 

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Alan Moore did a many number of comics before he hit what is known as the "big time". And as Avatar Press announce details of his new series Providence, it's time to turn the clock back almost forty years to the late seventies.

And the underground newspaper Back-Street Bugle: Oxford's Other Paper, in which Alan Moore write and drew Paddington Bear parody The Adventures Of St Pancras Panda.

All thirteen strips are part of an eBay auction by Alan Moore scholar Pádraig Ó Méalóid,

It is probably not hyperbolic to suggest that this is a unique opportunity to own this early work by one of the most important creative talents of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. These issues simply do not turn up, probably because there was a low print-run and circulation originally, and it was mostly about local current affairs (albeit from a strong left wing / hippie-ish perspective), and would simply have been discarded.

Currently the auction is nineteen bids strong at over £140 but there is still time for a lot more action.

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Here's a list of the issues, and their Alan Moore (AM)-related contents:

Back-Street Bugle Contents List
38 issues / 6-31, 34-41, 43, 45, 50-51

All 13 parts of The Adventures of St. Pancras Panda / TASPP

#06 – TASPP part 1 – Full Page

#07 – TASPP part 2 – Full Page

#08 – TASPP part 3 – Full Page

#09 – TASPP part 4 – Full Page

#10 – TASPP part 5 – Full Page

#11 – TASPP part 6 – Full Page

#12 – TASPP part 7 – Full Page

#13 – Editorial cartoon of the Moore family, mention of Leah Moore's birth – no TASPP

#14 – TASPP part 8 – Full Page

#15 – TASPP part 9 – Full Page, by Dick Foreman / Moeby Palliative strip by AM (the two creators swapped strips for that one issue)

#16 – TASPP part 10 – Full Page (AM is back!)

#17 – No AM Content / Missing pages 7-10

#18 – TASPP part 11 – Full Page – Missing pages 7-10

#19 – No AM Content

#20 – No AM Content

#21 – Editorial re no TASPP / Spudland strip by PM (Phyllis Moore)

#22 – TASPP part 12 – Full Page / Spudland strip by PM

#23 – Article re Oxford Star's frontpage attack on TASPP for being blasphemous, including short quote from AM. Fortean Times ad by AM, including short text piece. Fat Jap Defamation Funnies – ¾ page.

#24 – No AM Content

#25 – TASPP part 13 – Full Page / Blank Verse strip by PM

#26 – No TASPP / Ad for 'God is Love' poster

#27 – No AM Content

#28 – No AM Content

#29 – No AM Content

#30 – Article re absence of TASPP, including very bad scan of part of a Roscoe Moscow strip from Sounds. ½ page Foobl strip by Pedro (i.e. Steve Moore).

#31 – No AM Content

#34 – No TASPP / Cartoon by Curt Vile / SPP in Moeby Palliative strip

#35 – No AM Content

#36 – No AM Content

#37 – No AM Content

#38 – No AM Content

#39 – No AM Content

#40 – No AM Content

#41 – No AM Content

#43 – No TASPP / Two cartoons by Curt Vile

#45 – No AM Content

#50 – No AM Content / TASPP parody half-page strip by unidentified cartoonist

#51 – No AM Content

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.