The Fantastic Adventures of Adam Ant

Tops insert Promo for the Fantastic Adventures of Adam Ant
Tops Promo (inner)
Tops Promo (back)

The Fantastic Adventures of Adam Ant was a comic strip appearing in Tops (later TV Tops) magazine, published by DC Thomson as a rival to Look-In Magazine. I’ve been trying to find scans of this for some time, it’s not been easy to track down but I’ve gathered bits and pieces so it’s probably time to try and assemble it all in one place. The story is barely coherent (even less so when I’ve only been able to source one page of an issue) but the core theme appears to be a Quantum Leap-ish time travel plot with various personas worn by Adam.

The magazine featured photos of Adam pretty much every week so this is someone’s logical conclusion to ensure constant appearances of his name at the very least. The artwork was believed to be by Maureen Gray and her husband, Gordon, at least initially. The scans presented here are a mix of Mag-a-zone content from flickr, comicvine and ebay seller images. I think I scanned a couple of these, but I can’t seem to find them for sure.

Anyway, I’ll update when I find more images. I think the strip skipped a few weeks here and there and went on hiatus between 31 & 38 but again, I can’t be sure right now.

Tops 15 Cover : Date Jan 16, 1982.
Tops 15, Page 24
Tops 15, Page 25
Tops 15, Page 27
Tops 16, Cover
Tops 16, 24 & 25 (?)
Tops 17, Cover
Tops 17, 24 & 25
Tops 17, 24 & 25 (alt)
Tops 17, 26 & 27 (partial)
Tops 18, Cover
Tops 18, 8
Tops 18, 9
Tops 18, 11
Tops 19, Cover
Tops 20, Cover
Tops 20, unknown
Tops 20, unknown (alt)
Tops 21, Cover
Tops 21, 8
Tops 21, 9
Tops 21, 11

I think this (lower middle) is the cover to Tops 22, as it looks as if it states March 6th on the cover. No internal images though.

Tops 22, Cover
Tops 23, Cover

Adam Ant is only listed as featuring in a poster here, so I’m not sure this issue had a strip.

Tops 24, Cover
Tops 24, 8 & 9
Tops 24, 11
Tops 25, Cover
Tops 25, 8 & 9
Tops 26, Cover

No mention of the Adam Ant strip here.

Tops 27, Cover

Adam Ant Adventure Story inside!

Tops 27, 6 & 7
Tops 28, Cover
Tops 28, unknown
Tops 28, unknown
Tops 28, Unknown
Tops 29, Cover
Tops 29, 8 & 9
Tops 30, Cover
Tops 31, Cover
Tops 33, Cover
Tops 34, Cover
Tops 35, Cover
Tops 36, Cover
Tops 38, Cover
Tops 38, int. unknown
Tops 39, int. unknown
Tops 40, Cover
Tops 41, Cover
Tops 41, unknown
Tops 42, Cover
Tops 42, 24 & 25

I am assuming the strip ended in issue 42, as of issue 43 it doesn’t seem to be mentioned on the cover again. I think losing the facepaint impacted the saleability of Adam as a character.

TOPS / TV TOPS additional information courtesy of Mag-a-Zone, Comicvine & Crazy About Magazines.

Desperately seeking Stuart…

I’ve mentioned before scraping old internet sources and necromancing data, this has included me finding dead content again. This time I found a reference to an Adam Ant strip in a topic about a strip called Spooky. There’s an inline image from the host tinypic (was at http://i36.tinypic.com/2chkzk8.jpg), but tinypic died in 2019.

Kicking Death in the Face?

So I had a look at the internet archive, and there is a load of tinypic stuff. Here’s archive stream A, with 100 x 5 Gigabyte archives and index files. So that’s a lot to look through.

I downloaded one index to start with, just to get a feel for the archiving strategy. 

tinypic.com_images_201909_a.cdx.gz

And armed with my filename (2chkzk8), let’s take a look.

Looks like it might be in collection tinypic-seeded-00095.warc.gz, so let’s download that. This is a 5 Gb file, so might take a little while. The kicking Death in the face might be from issue 37, which is above, fwiw, but it’s worth it to explain how to find tinypic content for future reference. The “Spooky” image attachment unfortunately doesn’t seem to be in the same collection.

2chkzk8

And now that I’ve downloaded the file, what do I do with it? It’s a .warc which is new to me. After a few hours of wandering/wondering, I find that replayweb.page can open a war, although needs to be a Chromium based browser.

Nice

And it’s not in 95 :(, so I guess I’ve misread the index and the file is in a different bundle. So let’s try that again, assume it’s in 12 and download the index file to check first.

Oh, wait, it is in 95. But it’s from a different server. I’m looking for one from server i36, this comes from i58.

ERROR

And after checking all of the archive indexes, this file doesn’t seem to have been captured. The file was posted in 2009 and it was 2019 when the archiving was done, so it could have been removed by the uploader. I don’t know, it’s just odd that the filename was reused. Anyway, I’m going to assume it was the same file referenced above until I feel daft enough to try this again…

Current best guess at which editions had relevant content and page numbers:

xx, yy, zz = unknown pages, but expected strip

?? = unknown if strip appears

15 : 24, 25, 27

16 : xx, yy, zz (guessing 24, 25, 27)

17 : 24, 25, 27

18: 8, 9, 11

19 : xx, yy, zz (guessing 8, 9, 11)

20 : xx, yy, zz (guessing 8, 9, 11)

21 : 8, 9, 11

22 : xx, yy, zz (guessing 8, 9, 11)

23 : ??

24 : 8, 9, 11

25 : 8, 9, zz (guessing 8, 9, 11)

26 : ??

27 : 6, yy, zz

28 : xx, yy, zz

29 : 8, 9, zz (guessing 8, 9, 11)

30 : ??

31 : ??

32 : ??

33 : ??

34 : ??

35 : ??

36 : ??

37 : ??

38 : xx, yy

39 : xx, yy

40 : xx, yy

41, xx, yy

42 : 24, 25

43 : ??

44 : ??

Assuming it’s finished by 45, not sure though.