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Spectrum is Indestructible: a new Captain Scarlet book will include comic strip guides

Captain Scarlet Comics Montage

Regular readers of downthetubes will recall we reported in 2016 that Chinbeard Books is to publish an unofficial guide to Gerry Anderson’s Captain Scarlet later this year, marking the character’s 50th anniversary since his debut on ITV. Spectrum is Indestructible is the work of journalist, critic and writer Fred McNamara, and will feature a cover by Adrian Salmon. Although an unofficial ... Read More »

Aliens, Daleks and Paul Cornell, Oh My!

Saucer State #1 -SNIP

Out next month from IDW is Saucer State, written by Paul Cornell (who I recently worked with on Doctor Who: Heralds of Destruction) with art by Ryan Kelly (Lucifer) – and there’s a new Doctor Who comic collection out too, coincidentally featuring another strip I also worked on with him! Saucer State is the sequel to and the conclusion of ... Read More »

New Doctor Who Adventures Out Now – We’ll Shout that ’til we’re Horse!

Doctor Who Adventures Issue 23 - Killer App Strip

Doctor Who Adventures Issue 23 is in sale now from Panini, and I’m delighted to report that the Doctor is still battling aliens accompanied by an alien talking horse. (Not that it wouldn’t be great to have new companion Bill in the strip – she gets an introductory UNIT “Alien Archive” feature this issue – but a talking horse is ... Read More »

DC announces Teen Titans live action show for new streaming service

The cover of Teen Titans Volume 6 #5. Art by Chris Burnham

Warner Bros. has revealed plans to bring a new live action Teen Titans series, titled Titans, to its upcoming DC branded streaming service which will debut in 2018. Deadline Hollywood reports the new series is the being helmed by Greg Berlanti (described as “the king of the CW DC universe”), Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros TV. Titans, ... Read More »

BOOM! Studios announces War for the Planet of the Apes mini-series

War for the Planet of the Apes #1

BOOM! Studios and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products have announced a comic miniseries that serves as a prequel to the upcoming film War for the Planet of the Apes, which hits UK cinemas on 14th July 2017. The four-issue miniseries is written by David F. Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist, Occupy Avengers) and illustrated by Jonas Sharf, who I ... Read More »

Artist Chris Achilleos asks fans help to trace missing Cybermen art

Can anyone find out where this Doctor Who original painting is!? Artist Chris Achilleos, who drew this Tenth Planet art for the Doctor Who WH Allen/ Target Books range back in the 1970s, is trying to track it down. Chris is a Greek Cypriot born British illustrator, painter and movie conceptual artist. Over the past 40 years, he has created some ... Read More »

Explore the SF and Fantasy art of Patrick J. Jones

The Sci-Fi & Fantasy art of Patrick J. Jones - Promotional Art

Back in 2009, I edited SciFi Art Now, a compendium of great art with a foreword from one of my favourite all-time SF artists Chris Foss. One of the artists who responded to my international appeal for art to be considered for the book was the award-winning creator Patrick J. Jones, a huge talent who recently saw the publication of his latest ... Read More »

Game Mania returns to Blackpool in May (with some added comics goodness)

Game Mania 2017

This year’s Game Mania takes place at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on 6th and 7th May 2017. A Gaming Event full of Retro Games, Virtual Reality, Kids Zone, Pinball, Arcades, Developers. Tournaments and Challenges – with prizes to be won, including five prizes from Kendal’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival, including signed prints from artists on Hellboy, The Walking Dead and ... Read More »

Mystery art has Frank Hampson fans a-flutter – but the actual artist remains a mystery

This mystery art got some fans of Frank Hampson excited - but it isn't his, says his son

Browsing the Book Palace website last night, downthetubes contributor Richard Sheaf came across this painting, attributed to Dan Dare creator Frank Hampson. “… This is gorgeous painting, probably used for a magazine illustration or advertisement in the late 1950s,” notes the site,”depicting a scene at a British port as travellers disembark from their cruise and have to face the close ... Read More »

Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Comic collections launched by IDW

Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Comic Volume One

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the first Star Wars film this May, IDW Publishing and the multi award-winning imprint, Library of American Comics have just released Volume One of Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Comic which contains 575 sequential strips from its premiere run 11th March 1979 to 5th October 1980. Included are every Sunday’s title header and “bonus” panels in meticulously restored original ... Read More »

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