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The Guard page has a brand new logo as of October 2016. That's the one above, in case anyone was wondering. I've been meaning to update the logo for sometime now, but I haven't been able to settle on a suitable design. I'm not brilliant at art design (which is probably something readers of this comic are fully aware of by now), so the logo maybe tinkered with over the coming months, at the Editor's whim!

A new hero strip for the 1950's by Adrian Banfield (Banff).

Last updated March 2024


Guard issue 126 - Continuing Runner Guard and colleagues adventures in Yorkton.

126) Duel

Below are the previous six months stories of The Guard. For other issues please scroll on down this page. Thank you.

121) Napier Pier.

122) The Light-
house Keeper.

123) Coca Cola.

124) Cairo Station.

125) Yorkton

126) Duel

***NEW - The Green Lion Comics Winter 2018 / 2019 Special is now available to buy. Front cover image below.***

The Guard © Adrian Banfield

As with the 2017 Autumn Special, the Winter Special won't be available on the web. So the only way to obtain a copy will be to buy one.

The price for this twenty-four page publication is £3:00 plus postage and packaging. The publication will be posted flat.

Posted in the UK - total cost second class - £5:00; Europe £7:60; Rest of the World - £8:80.


Still available is the very first Green Lion Comics Autumn Special 2017. The front cover and several pages can be seen below. This Special comic harks back to my childhood comic reading days, when British comic publishers used to publish a Summer or Winter Special. It had new stories, factual features, puzzles, a simple game and much more. And this Autumn Special is my homage to this publication. One year in the making, with thirty-six pages of action and fun featuring your favourite characters from the monthly comic and some new ones. Some sample pages from the Autumn Special are below.

This publication won't be posted on the web, so the only way to obtain a copy will be to buy one.

The price for this thirty-six page publication is £3:00 plus postage and packaging. The publication will be posted flat.

Posted in the UK - total cost second class - £5:00; Europe £7:60; Rest of the World - £8:80.

Payment please via Paypal to guardsvanmail@yahoo.co.uk

For those interested in viewing some of the Victor Summer Special comics please click on the following link to be taken to the relevant page on my Victor website - Summer Special

The Guard © Adrian Banfield The Guard © Adrian Banfield

*** Story background notes ***

Note - Spoilers!! Please read the story first, then the notes accompaning the adventure, which can be read on the relevant story page via the link above.


The aim of this strip is a personal journey into discovering how to write and draw a comic strip.

If anyone has been adversely affected by reading these stories and notes, a telephone helpline number will be published in due course!


Who is that masked Lego hero?

  • Well, he's Albert Copperwaite, a railway guard who when necessary, becomes The Guard to fight injustice and crime. His origin story is still shrouded in mystery, but hopefully will be told in the not too distant future.

  • Time period:- is roughly the 1950's.
  • Location:- The City of Yorkton, somewhere in the north of England.
  • This adventure series is an anthology of short stories, not necessarily in any kind of order. ******


    January 2022

    So after eight years and four months we arrive at issue 100. Much to my surprise and something I'm very impressed with. So where does this series go from here? I'm sixty-one, so creating a further one hundred issues would take me to almost seventy years of age.

    And as much as I enjoy working on this comic I feel that another hundred issues is probably not on the cards. There are other things I want to do and creating a monthly comic eats most of the available spare time I have. So I think finishing this series around issue 150, or thereabouts is a fair target to aim at. This will allow me to tie up some loose ends of which there are quite a few. Although I can't guarantee every sub-plot will be resolved.


    As of January 2015 Green Lion Comics has a brand new logo (above left), designed by inc-dot, York. The new logo will provide a more 'professional' look to the comic.

    This page has been re-organised. The stories and index to the Guard series have been archived with each story now having its own page and accessible via the buttons below.


    For those you like to have posters of your favourite characters, I've created several Guard posters. Please feel free to print out a copy and place them somewhere prominent!

    © Adrian Banfield © Adrian Banfield © Adrian Banfield

    Please also click on the character cards below, for information about who's who in the series. There are now seven sets of cards in the collection. The image on the far right below is for the back of the cards. This has been provided for those of you thinking of printing out your own Guard cards.

    Character Biography Cards.

    © Adrian Banfield
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    cards 5

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    © Adrian Banfield
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    © Adrian Banfield
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    © Adrian Banfield
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    © Adrian Banfield
    cards 10

    © Adrian Banfield
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    back of card

    Behind the Scenes at Green Lion Comics

    For those of you who are interested in my working method, I have added three pages below which explain how the Guard character and his world came to life and how the stories are created. Additional pages maybe added at the editor's whim. Possibly an alternative title might be - 'How Not to Go About Creating a Comic Strip.'

    Note - other Behind The Scenes pages will from issue 30 onwards be posted on the relevant story page. Thank you.

    © Adrian Banfield
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    The following information can be found below -

    • a) background information about this series.
    • b) the Guard stories. Note - these have now been archived and are accessible via the buttons below.
    • c) Index of characters, places and stories for this series. (Note - this information is now located on its own page accessible via the button below.
      This is a running index of people and places and is for those readers who are new to the strip and want to find out more about the Guard and his world.

    For previous Guard stories - please click on the relevant page below. This will take you to that particular story and notes.

    Note - Access to the Guard Index is now via the first button below.

    The Guard
    to the series.

    1) Snookered.

    2) The Guard is Dead,
    Long Live the Guard.

    3) Jack and Jill.

    4) The Kill.

    5) McGill.

    6) Prison Blues.

    7) Click, Whirrrll.

    A Study in
    8) Concentration.

    9) This is Yorkton.

    10) First Meeting.

    11) The Tarmac

    12) A Brief History
    of the City and
    Country Railway.

    13) The Master Thief.

    14) Winter Fair.

    15) Moonshot.

    16) Hold My Hat!

    17) The Claw
    part one

    18) The Claw
    part two

    19) Mary's Story.

    20) The Lone

    21) Race For Life.

    22) A Game of

    23) The Coffin
    Ship, part one.

    24) The Patrol

    25) A Guard
    Comics History.


    26) The Coffin
    Ship, Part Three.

    27) Twas the Night
    Before Christmas.

    28) A Short History
    of Yorkton Docks.

    29) Ferriby's Big
    Night Out.

    30) Single to
    Hangman's Noose.

    31) A Mini

    32) Spinning Wheels.

    33) Arctic Station

    34) Running Commentary.

    35) The Return of
    The Grey Shadow
    part one.

    36) The Return of
    The Grey Shadow
    part two.

    37) Chinese Whispers.

    38) Remember, Remember...

    39) Christmas

    40) Past, Present
    & Future.

    41) A Week in the
    Life of Albert
    Railway Guard.

    42) Tales of a Utility
    Man Operative - Cairo.

    43) It's About Time
    Part one.

    44) It's About Time
    Part two.

    45) En Garde Matey!

    46) The English

    47) Seeing the

    48) Fall of the
    part one.

    49) Fall of the
    part two.

    50) Fall of the
    part three.

    51) The

    52) The Tea
    and Sugar

    53) Happy
    part one.

    54) Happy
    part two.

    55) Goonlana.

    56) Race Against Time.

    57) Cold Decision.

    58) Dayshift.

    59) Nightshift.

    60) Arrival.

    61) Missing Link.

    62) Bribery.

    63) Biography
    of a Kingpin.

    64) Dog Story.

    65) A Guard
    Comics History,
    part two.

    66) Robots.

    67) Interlude.

    68) Showdown, Part One.

    69) Showdown, Part Two.

    70) Medical.

    71) Twilight.

    72) Seabase Alpha
    part one.

    73) Seabase Alpha
    part two.

    74) Treasure.

    75) Jamuda.

    76) The Mean Streets
    of Yorkton.

    77) A Story Can
    Be Told One Way...

    78) ...Or In a
    Different Way.

    79) Take a

    80) United We

    81) The Yorkton
    Book of Days.

    82) A Mysterious

    83) A Mysterious
    part two.

    84) A Mysterious
    part three.

    85) It's a Dirty

    86) The Six
    Wise Men.

    87) Desert
    Part One.

    88) Desert
    part two.

    89) Desert
    Held Up.

    90) Desert Rly

    91) Desert Rly
    One Fine

    92) suddenly
    At Home.

    93) - Battenburg
    Part One

    94) - Battenburg
    Part Two
    Skating on Thin Ice.

    95) - Battenburg
    Once a
    Upon a Time.

    96) - Arctic Station
    Year in Review.

    97) - Arctic Station
    One Damn
    Thing After

    98) - If You Want
    to Get Ahead,
    Get a Hat.

    99) - Mayday, Mayday

    100) - Takedown - part one.

    101) Takedown - part two.

    102) Takedown - part three.

    103) He Had
    His Say.

    104) Spring, Part One.

    105) - Spring, Part Two

    106) The Red Ghost

    107) Summer.

    108) Flying Squad,
    issue 27.

    109) Autumn.

    110) The Loch Ness

    111) Tom Bellhorn
    and The Thing.

    112) Winter

    113) Chameleon.

    114) Brimstones.

    115) Castle

    116) Castle
    Folly - pt.2.

    117) Castle
    Folly - pt3.

    118) Autumn

    119) A Sting in
    The Tale.

    120) Surprise!


    121) Napier Pier.

    122) The Light-
    house Keeper.

    123) Coca Cola.

    124) Cairo Station.

    125) Yorkton


    126) Duel


    Collected Guard story volumes.

    (Note - In addition to the stories, each volume also contains story background notes, relevant brief character biography cards, behind the scenes information and an updated Guard index (volumes 1 to 5 only). Several volumes also have a comics related article.

    © Adrian Banfield.

    Volume One - Black Swans
    collects adventures 1 - 12.

    © Adrian Banfield.

    Volume Two - Red For Danger,
    Green For Action
    adventures 13 - 22.

    © Adrian Banfield.

    Volume Three -

    adventures 23 - 32.

    © Adrian Banfield.

    Volume Four -
    And Go

    adventures 33 - 41.

    © Adrian Banfield.

    Volume Five - The Guard
    at Bay

    collects adventures 42 - 50.

    © Adrian Banfield.

    Volume Six

    collects adventures 51 - 60.

    © Adrian Banfield.

    Volume Seven
    Ninjago City
    West Central 1953

    collects adventures 61 - 70.

    © Adrian Banfield.

    Volume Eight
    One The Run, Under Water & On Land

    collects adventures 71 - 80.

    Background information for this series.

    Note - the notes below are very much a work in progress.

    The stories above has nothing to do with any D.C. Thomson story, (obviously)! This is my own poor attempt at trying to write and 'draw' a short comic strip. I've always wanted to do something like this, but whilst I am happy to do write story scripts (poorly no doubt), the drawing side was always a problem. I can't draw to save my life! And I don't know any artists, who I could collaborate with.

    (I also apologise for inflicting these comic strips and views on an unsuspecting world. But on the other hand, there's not much point in producing something like this, if you don't show it off!)

    After a long think about it (a couple of years or so), I finally hit upon using Lego Minifigs as my characters in the story. They are ideal for my strip. There are tens and tens of figures to choose from, from many different types of jobs. There are also different heads, hair-pieces, hats and other accessories available, thus allowing you to make your own figures. So thank you Lego. And also thank you to those who have produced clipart and to Serif Drawplus X6 software.

    My guides will be books published by Will Eisner, (pronounced 'Isner') Scott McCloud and work I see by writers and artists in various comics in my collection. All will be acknowledged. (I apologise in advance to both authors and hope they will forgive the almighty train crash of stories below). Why these two authors? If you want to do something well, you need to learn from the best.

    And one of the best (if not the best in this comic art form) is Will Eisner. Eisner (who died in 2005), published three strips for a sixteen page newspaper insert comic called The Spirit, which was synicated in sunday newspapers in the United States in the 1940's. (The two other main strips, they changed over the years, were Lady Luck and Mr. Mystic. These were written and drawn by other artists). In the weekly, seven page Spirit strip, Eisner explored how to tell a story experimenting in content and form. If you are a comics fan and you haven't read any of his strips, then you should. (Even if your not a comic fan, you should). The Spirit comic insert had no cover, but it did have a Spirit splashpage. These pages served to attract the reader to the strips. And these Eisner splash pages are worth the admission fee on their own.

    Below are a couple of examples of Eisner Spirit splash pages. Eye-catching I think you'll agree.

    The Spirit © Will Eisner.

    Above - two examples of Eisner's Spirit splash pages.

    Those who know Eisner's Spirit work, may recognise in the strips below his influence in my work. (I should point out that I won't be able to match Eisner artwise, as I'm no artist. But I might achieve something storytelling wise). Although if I come within 1% of anything Eisner has done, I'll be well chuffed! Although, using Lego minifigs and clip art will restrict what I can do and achieve.

    McCloud is another great teacher of the comic art form and has published various books on the subject as well as his own comics.

    Why stories about the railway? Mainly, because I have an interest in this subject through working in the industry and research. I thought, it would be best to write about something I know about. The series will be mainly railway themed and set in the 1950's. I chose the 1950's as I wanted to avoid modern technology and I like that particular decade. I also want to do humorous, serious and dark stories. Although I'm finding that humour is working its way into many of my strips for some reason. So this is also something new I have discovered.

    And before anyone asks, (not that they are likely too), "where do my ideas come from?" My reply is the same place as where everyones elses' ideas come from. Human beings have a powerful mind that is constantly working on ideas consciously or unconsciously. Have a problem at home or at work? Something that could be done better? Don't fret, your mind will churn it over and come up with a solution. And more often or not the answer is a simple solution. In my case it may involve the marrying of two ideas together to produce one fused idea. And remember the good thing about writing / drawing a comic is that the impossible is possible.

    text © Adrian Banfield, 2023; artwork © D.C. Thomson Co. Ltd.