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Daleks versus Rock Snakes by and ©  Tony Luke

Daleks versus Rock Snakes by and © Tony Luke

 

… Well, sort of! This stunning Daleks versus Rock Snakes image by Tony Luke features Doctor Who‘s top enemy and the deadly silicon-based life forms Zero X encountered on Mars in the film Thunderbirds are Go.

The art is a private commission, inspired by a conversation Tony had with fellow artist Steve Pugh who suggested this “Scene We’d Like To See” featuring the Daleks mixing it up with the Martian Rock Snakes.

Despite ongoing health issues, Tony is prepping a new and very hush-hush comics/ manga project with regular collaborators Alan Grant, Yasushi Nirasawa and Les Lindon Garner of Sixus1media, and special guests. He also recently put some of his archive comics media clips up on his YouTube channel RengaCentral, and you can see a selection of more recent artworks over at the venerable DeviantArts site http://tonyluke.deviantart.com/gallery/.

In his spare time he ‘jams’ impossible scenes like the Dalek one seen here, or the Godzilla vs. Cthulhu smackdown here.

While it’s rare Martian Rock Snakes and Daleks are seen together (except drawn by artists like Tony for fun), like the Daleks, the Rock Snakes have appeared in comic strip form, most famously, perhaps, in a newspaper strip for the Daily Mail, drawn by none other than Trigan Empire co-creator Don Lawrence. The Gerry Anderson Complete Comic History has a feature on the strip here. The Rock Snakes also appeared in some Captain Scarlet comic strips for TV21.

The Daleks comic strip appearances are too numerous to mention here, but we think they’ve rarely encountered such a fearsome opponent as they have in Tony’s painting!

Writing on Facebook, Tony says “One short college film project that I tried to do back in the early 1980’s was a story involving a colony of Mysterons on Venus sending Rock Snakes to Earth to cause havoc, climaxing with the snakes being taken out by Angel Interceptors and Graham Bleathman and Graeme Bassett’s AC21 team. ITC, of course, said ‘no’….

Bassett and Bleathman were two of the best and most talented people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with; back in the day, I pushed a whole bunch of their stuff under the noses of then-TV bosses in the naive hope that we could get some kind of series up and running somewhere; I did manage to namecheck them on Blue Peter, though, despite Biddy Baxter expressly telling me not to!”

 

About John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative" who is currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 25 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary, including DEATH'S HEAD II and WARHEADS. At Marvel he wrote strips for THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, THUNDERCATS, DOCTOR WHO and co-created SHADOW RIDERS with Brian Williamson and Ross Dearsley. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. He has written comics for Marvel UK, Judge Dredd Megazine, Lucky Bag Comic, CGL (an Italian publisher), STRIP Magazine and ROK Comics; and edited some of Titan's British comics collections including Dan Dare and Charley's War. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.
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