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Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. She’s not really sure why she did that, and she apologizes for the inconvenience. She currently writes Last War in Albion, a history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. She used to write TARDIS Eruditorum, a history of Britain told through the lens of a ropey sci-fi series. She also wrote Neoreaction a Basilisk, writes comics these days, and has ADHD so will probably just randomly write some other shit sooner or later. Support Elizabeth on Patreon.


  1. Aaron
    September 11, 2022 @ 9:08 am

    This is a very interesting annual series. I’m from the UK, where aside from Garfield I don’t think we really have any of the strips mentioned in your articles, or at least I don’t remember them growing up. Stuff like Fred Bassett and Rupert Bear were still going when i was a kid. Roy of the Rovers kept coming and going. Most of the strips just felt sub-Beano in terms of sophistication and quality.

    I’m surprised there was still so many still in publication in 2011 in both countries given the decline of print media even then.


    • Daibhid C
      September 11, 2022 @ 10:03 am

      I remember Calvin and Hobbes collections here in the UK, but I don’t think I ever saw them in the paper, no. The only US strips I remember seeing actually in newspapers are Peanuts, Garfield, and I think Spider-Man.

      The other ones mentioned I all learned about from the Comics Curmugeon blog.


      • mbc1955
        September 15, 2022 @ 5:54 pm

        Actually, Calvin & Hobbes used to run in the Daily Express, sometimes very badly re-lettered to replace American terms with British ones, eg, squirrel for chipmunk. A friend’s parents took the paper and his mother would cut the strips out for me each week, until the next collection was available. And the Guardian re-ran Krazy Kat for maybe six months.


    • Austin Loomis
      September 11, 2022 @ 6:00 pm

      Stuff like Fred Bassett and Rupert Bear were still going when i was a kid.

      Fred Basset is still going here in the US, or at least I get Sunday strips in both of my local papers and dailies in the Herald-Mail, though I’ve no idea how old those strips may actually be.


  2. Alex T.
    September 11, 2022 @ 9:31 pm

    Loving this series. Interesting stuff, especially about how newspaper strips have shrunk over the years.

    The Phantom still shows up in the Sunday Mail here in Aus, except it’s been reduced to three panels. Meaning your weeks’ worth of Phantom content boils down to “Phantom hides behind a wall, Phantom jumps over a wall, Phantom says a line of dialogue”. It’s completely pointless, and hilarious to think that anyone might actually be following the story in the way they present it.


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