Feel the Power! New Doctor Who Magazine debuts, Steve Dillon remembered

The next issue of Doctor Who Magazine (Issue 505) is published in the UK tomorrow (Thursday 17th November). Alongside a cover feature paying tribute to the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton (accompanied with rare photographs), there’s an affectionate tribute to artist Steve Dillon from the magazine’s founding editor, Dez Skinn.

Noting his early work for Marvel UK on Hulk Weekly and Doctor Who Weekly, Dez describes Steve, who died last month, as “possibly the most remarkable comics artist the industry has ever known.

“For this title, his artistic creations within his first few months alone were so exceptional that even now, almost 40 years later, there are few who do not fondly recall the names Abslom Daak- Dalek Killer, or Kroton – the Cyberman with a Soul,” Dez notes of Steve’s work on Doctor Who, bringing characters created by writer Steve Moore to life (another great talent sadly no longer with us).

The issue has news on the next season of the show, currently in production, a further feature on the making of the new The Power of the Daleks animation, whose production team included comic artists Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon; a stunning finale to the latest comic strip, “Bloodsport”, written by Mark Wright, drawn by Staz Johnson, coloured by James Offredi and lettered by Roger Langridge; and a fascinating feature on the late Peter Brachaki, the designer who created the original look of the TARDIS interior back in 1963, drawn from interview material with his surviving family in Britain and Poland, and work colleagues.

Alongside all this is of course Lew Stringer‘s pocket cartoon “Daft Dimension”, which posits a lovely alternate career for the Second Doctor. A final gem to the issue, diluting just a tad the cover price rise to £5.99 (US $11.99) as rising production costs bite.

Doctor Who Magazine is available in all good newsagents (and some run by Zygons)

• Also out now: The Essential Doctor Who Issue 9: INVASIONS OF EARTH

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", 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 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. 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. 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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