THE BIRD OF PREY
AMAZONS IN PRINT
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Unless otherwise stated, all contents copyright © Kellie Strøm.
The Yellow Press mascot is copyright © Brian O' Toole.
Inkling cover art copyright © Ted Dewan.
AMAZONS IN PRINT
Or out of print as the case may be. The Airforce Amazons first appeared in 1992, in an Irish cartoon magazine The Yellow Press. A4 format, and printed on the best newsprint that favours could scrounge, this was a co-operative effort by the finest Irish cartoonists of the day.
Gerard Crowley had the thankless task of trying to edit the thing, and he's never been the same since. Among the many cartoonists appearing in its pages were Brian O' Toole, Tom Mathews, Scratch, Arja Kajermo, Sean McArdle and Martyn Turner.
In 1994 the first three Amazons stories were reprinted in issue 12 of the UK small press comic anthology Inkling. Printed on good quality paper and squarebound, issue no. 12 was the one where publishers Dave and Aidan Potts leapt from A5 format to A4, splashed out on eight interior full colour pages, and went out of business like a great big beautiful fireworks explosion.
("God bless them!" - Mr President)
1995 saw the Amazons' first appearance as Luftens Amazoner in a Danish underground comic, Fahrenheit, with American page format on good quality paper. Translation into Danish was by Mårdøn Smet and Holger Strøm.
CHECKLIST OF PRINT APPEARANCES
Yellow Press No. 3, 1992
Airforce Amazons No.1
Yellow Press No. 4, March 1993
Airforce Amazons No.2
Yellow Press No. 5, May 1993
Airforce Amazons No.3
Yellow Press No. 8, December 1993
Airforce Amazons No.4, part one
- The first two pages of AA No.4 appeared in this issue as part of a four page Airforce Amazons Special Supplement, titled The Bird of Prey, an official Airforce Amazons newspaper in the service of World Security.
As well as the two pages of comics, the supplement featured news stories from the future, written by Stephen Walsh, and Xenozen, a collection of miscellaneous drawings by Kellie Strøm.
Also in this issue of The Yellow Press, Airhead Invertebrates, a parody of the Amazons by Tom Mathews, and Tanya appears in Tom's cover drawing along with other Yellow Press characters.
Yellow Press No. 10, 1994
Airforce Amazons No.4, part two
- Plus more Xenozen drawings.
Inkling No.12, 1994
Airforce Amazons No.1, No.2 and No.3 reprinted.
Fahrenheit 53.6, March 1995
Airforce Amazons No.1, No.2 and No.3 in Danish translation
Fahrenheit 55.4, July 1995
Airforce Amazons No.4 in Danish translation