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Korky the Cat artist Charles Grigg honoured in his home town with special plaque

Charles Grigg

The late Charles Grigg, who drew Korky the Cat for The Dandy for 20 years and had a saucy sideline in seaside postcards, has been honoured at his old school, Rood End Primary School in Oldbury. The school has just unveiled a blue plaque remembering him, at an event attended by his son, Steven, after a long-running fund raising campaign organised ... Read More »

This week’s Beano – Making Waves, As Usual!

Beano 3885 - Roger the Dodger and Dennis

  This week’s Beano (Issue 3885) features a great cover from Nigel Parkinson featuring Dennis the Menace and Roger the Dodger and is on sale now in all good newsagents. Featuring strips by Laura Howell, Lew Stringer, Wayne Thompson and more, here’s some of the highlights… Roger the Dodger goes to the shop for a pint of milk — but he ... Read More »

British Cartoonists work on show in Greek Cartoonists Association “Sweet Europe” exhibition

Sun cartoonist Steve Bright's work was turned in to a cut out for the "Sweet Europe" exhibition.

A number of British cartoonists’ work features in a “Sweet Europe“, on this week in the Syntagma Metro Exhibition Center in Athens, the second cartoon exhibition of its kind organised by the Greek Cartoonists Association. “Sweet Europe” features 150 cartoons by 29 Greek and 28 British cartoonists, selected in partnership with Procartoonists Pco, the work selected from some of Europe’s the ... Read More »

Andy Capp exhibition celebrates his creator and 60 years of the Daily Mirror cartoon star

Andy Capp copyright Daily Mirror

The Daily Mirror’s Andy Capp celebrates 60 years of publication this year – and the occasion is being marked in the town his creator Reg Smythe lived and worked  with a special exhibition at the Museum of Hartlepool. ‘60 years of Andy Capp’ , which opens 3rd June 2017, will tell the story of Smythe, who was born in Hartlepool ... Read More »

Bank Holiday Reading: The 1976 Frankie Stein Holiday Special

Holiday Specials may be few and far between these days when it comes to British comics – it’s simply too expensive or publishers to “sell in” one shots, sadly. But this doesn’t mean you can’t dip into your collection and pick out some appropriate reading. Case in point – a rather battered, much-read copy of the Frankie Stein 1976 Summer ... Read More »

Splank! a New Comic, in the works

Some characters created for Peter Duncan by ace comics artist Duncan Scott, whose credits include The Dandy and more

Comics fan Peter Duncan began his British comics-oriented blog Splank! just over a year ago, on 1st April 2016,  starting with a post about Splank!, a totally imaginary Irish version of Pow!, one of a trio of unique and, by fans of a certain age, very fondly remembered comics of the 1960s. We covered this spoof here on downthetubes, but ... Read More »

In Praise of… Leo Baxendale

Willy the Kid meets the Loch Ness Monster by and © Leo Baxendale

Leo Baxendale is a British cartoonist who should need no introduction to downthetubes readers. Not only was the creator of the classic Beano strips “Little Plum”, “Minnie the Minx”, “The Bash Street Kids” and “The Three Bears”, but he was instrumental in the creation of the much-loved Wham! , published by Odhams Press, in  1964, and for creating Clever Dick (for ... Read More »

Creating Comics: An Interview with Commando Editor Kirsten Murray

Kirsten Murray, editor of Commando and more at DC Thomson

With war comic Commando recently passing its landmark 5000th issue and many changes behind the scenes in its editorial department, downthetubes caught up with the veteran title’s recently-installed editor, Kirsten Murray, just part of her role as DC Thomson’s Heritage Brands editor, to ask her about the title’s ongoing success at a difficult time for British comics – and her ... Read More »

New Asterix album title revealed as the Gauls head for Italy!

Asterix and the Race through Italy - Chariot Chase

Asterix and the Race through Italy – yes, the title of the 37th album recounting the adventures of our friends from Gaul created by two comic book geniuses – Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny – has finally been revealed, due for release in October. The year is 50 BC. Italy is entirely under Rome’s control, well, not entirely… Though Caesar dreams ... Read More »

Happy 30th Birthday, Combat Colin!

Combat Colin - 30 Yampy Years

Huge congratulations to longtime British comics creator Lew Stringer this morning, whose much-loved clumsy combat hero Combat Colin celebrates 30 years of publication. The first Combat Colin strip appeared in print in Marvel UK’s Action Force Issue 5, published on 28th March 1987 (cover dated 4th April), and has since featured in numerous publications down the years, including MUK’s Transformers, ... Read More »

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