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Brand-new Charlotte Corday Adventure by Dan Dare artist Keith Page Launches

Blasted Trubshaw and the Time Before This - Promo

Launching soon will be an all-new Charlotte Corday adventure titled Blasted Trubshaw and the Time Before This, a follow up to the recently re-published Witchcraft Street series. Creator Keith Page has teased his fans with some notes about the story, in which ancient aliens clash with 1950s rocket scientists!

“With the followup to Witchcraft Street I wanted to do something recognisably different whilst featuring some of the main characters in a new way,” he says. “The larger episode size size allowed more space for artwork with grey wash to create atmosphere.

“Much of what you will read is factual blended with a little artistic licence,” he continues. “The idea of a prehistoric technical civilisation goes back to the nineteenth century theosophists like occultist and spirit medium Madame Blavatsky.This theme was revived in the late 1940s with a little-known book entitled The Riddle of Prehistoric Britain closely followed by others sometimes of a more fanciful nature.

“This was Comyns Beaumont‘s third book, dealing with a British and Scandinavian Atlantis which suffered a series of catastrophes from cometary impact, flood and war scattering the British Atlanteans to give rise to the great civilisations of accepted ancient history.

“There is a surprisingly large amount of evidence for some form of prehistoric flight with gigantic sky-visible earthworks, many being discovered only after the [re]invention of the aeroplane.

“These may be found in the British Isles, the Americas and the Pacific islands among others. Also there are worldwide legends of men taking to the skies at an early period.

“The ruins of Gobekli Tepe in Turkey (perhaps the world’s first temple) do indeed date back to 10,000 BC,” Keith continues. “Many sites around the world show the ability to shape, move and build with enormous pieces of stone.

“There is evidence of ancient machine -tooling of stone in South America and Egyptian artefacts.

“There really are alchemical carvings indicating atomic explosions and radiation poisoning to be found on the facade of Notre Dame de Paris,” he adds. “I’ve photographed them myself.

Stargazy on Zummerdown was a strange little BBC gem shown many years ago. It seemed to fit the general theme somehow.

“In the 23rd century, Britain (now called Albion) is made up of two distinct communities – the Aggros (farm workers) and the Toonies (industrial workers). They meet at Zummerdown for the annual midsummer festival of Stargazy.

“Finally, The Time Before This was a little-known novella by Nicholas Monsarrat, published many years ago which featured the apparent discovery of an unrecorded civilisation in Canada.”

Blasted Trubshaw and the Time Before This kicks off soon on the official Charlotte Corday web site and on the web comics site Tapastic

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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