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Achtung! Commando – a short-lived homage to Britain’s longest-running war comic recalled 

Achtung! Commando Issue One

Despite its longevity, DC Thomson’s last serving pocket library title, Commando, has never gained the kind of fan documentation that other British comics have. Achtung! Commando was a short-lived attempt to change that, published at the turn of the century but lasting just four issues. Edited by comics artist and historian Peter Richardson, only four issues of the Achtung! Commando fanzine ... Read More »

“Blunderbirds” and Frank Bellamy’s “The Shepherd King” highlighted in new Eagle Times

The latest edition of Eagle Times the magazine of the Eagle Society – Volume 30 No. 1 – is now available. This Issue features articles about Alan Stranks (who created PC49 and scripted several Dan Dare stories), Space Fiction Films in Eagle‘s times, the humorous “Blunderbirds” strip – and the first part of a three part analytical article about Frank Bellamy‘s ... Read More »

Jamie Hewlett’s Gorillaz Cover for Q

Q - Gorillaz Cover - June 2017

In case you’ve missed it in your local newsagents, here’s Q magazine’s June 2017 cover, which features an exclusive Gorillaz design by the band’s co-creator, Jamie Hewlett, now reconciled with Blur frontman Damon Albarn. The collector’s issue, on sale now, comes ahead of the new Gorillaz album, Humanz (due for release 28th April 2017) and includes Damon Albarn’s first interview in two ... Read More »

In Review: Comics Revue Issue 365 – 366

Comics Revue Issue 365-366 (Double Issue) - Cover

Title: Comics Revue Issue Number: 365 – 366 (October – November 2016) Complete Stories: Flash Gordon, Rick O’Shay, Sir Bagby and Krazy Kat Continued Comics Series: Modesty Blaise, The Phantom (Daily Strip & Sunday Strip), Flash Gordon, Steve Roper, Rick O’Shay, Tarzan, Alley OOP, Steve Canyon, Buz Sawyer and Gasoline Alley Publisher: Manuscript Press Cover Artist: Danny Frolich (Back Cover ... Read More »

Egmont gets set to launch a new Teletubbies magazine

The first issue of Egmont's new Teletubbies magazine, launching in October 2016

Egmont will launch a new Teletubbies magazine next month, building on the popularity of the rebooted pre-school programme, which airs on BBC’s CBeebies channel at 7.00am daily. Teletubbies first hit screens in 1997, and the show follows the four colourful main characters – Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po – in a playful environment which is designed to help young children ... Read More »

New Andersonic pays tribute to Sylvia Anderson, delves into UFO, Stingray

Andersonic Issue 21

The latest issue of the excellent Gerry Anderson-inspired fanzine Andersonic, Issue 21, is available from the publication’s website www.andersonic.co.uk. Here’s what’s in the new issue: Deborah Grant Interview – a new interview with former Psychobomb Deborah Grant, who recalls her time working with Mike Pratt on UFO Sylvia Anderson Tributes – Andersonic‘s writers share their thoughts on the co-creator of Thunderbirds and ... Read More »

Have You Seen All The Twinkle Books?

DC Thomson’s weekly nursery comic Twinkle, “the picture paper specially for little girls”, was one of the great survivors of the British comics industry. Beginning with its first issue dated 27 January 1968, it ran for 1638 issues with the last one dated 5 June 1999, plus 34 annuals covered dated from 1970 to 2003, and a regular summer special over a similar period. ... Read More »

New This Week: Lion Guard Magazine from Panini

Lion Guard Magazine

Panini’s new 36-page children’s magazine based on the popular new animated series The Lion Guard launches in the UK this week (Friday 28th July), aimed at kids aged five to seven. The animated series premiered in April, continuing the story of The Lion King film, focusing on the adventures of Simba’s son, Kion and his group of friends. The series has been accompanied by ... Read More »

Celebrating the British Small Press: 60 Great Small Comic Press (Part Two)

The O Men - Martin Eden

When Marvel UK shrunk its original strip output in the mid-1990s, not being a 2000AD reader, I had nowhere to go. I came to find that the small press, often photocopied works, were a core part of British comics.  This is the second part of my celebration of those small press titles You can read Part One here and Part Three ... Read More »

Egmont to launch Bing magazine

Bing Magazine Issue 1 - Final Cover

Egmont will launch a new children’s magazine, Bing, as a regular monthly frequency publication later this month. Regular downthetubes readers may recall the company previously published its first Bing magazine as part of their pre-school Play & Learn titles, back in 2014. Bing is a pre-school television series from Acamar Films. First broadcast in 2014, the series is a firm favourite with pre-schoolers across the UK ... Read More »

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