Remembering Disney’s dalliance with terror – Doctor Syn retrospective announced

A special retrospective of a classic Disney-told tale starring Danger Man and The Prisoner star Patrick McGoohan is to get a retrospective in Hollywood in October.

The Scarecrow’s story was filmed on location in the Romney Marsh area and at Pinewood Studios, England in 1963. It starred Patrick McGoohan as a humble vicar by day and a terrifying masked rider by night, leading his band of ghoulish rebels against the King’s oppression in 18th century England.

The film was distributed to British cinemas under the title Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow, then screened n the United States as part of  Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color TV series in three parts in 1964, as The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh 

The British production was later recut and released theatrically again in 1975, where it haunted further generations for decades until its Disney Treasures DVD release in 2008 – when it sold its entire run of 39,500 copies in the United States in three weeks.

The film was adapted by Gold Key into comics (and Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill dropped him into an eighteenth century line up for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen).


Join Disney author and historian Jim Fanning at Hollywood’s Creature Features for a Halloween treat as he takes an in-depth look at the making of this exciting adventure with rare behind-the-scenes photos, film clips, a display of original memorabilia, and much more. 

• Dr. Syn, alias The Scarecrow 1.00pm 15th October 2017 Creature Features, 2904 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, California 91505 USA. Admission is free. Full details here on Facebook | Web: http://creaturefeatures.com

There’s a feature on the making of this story here on the D23 web site

With thanks to Brendan McCarthy

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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