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Wheeler On The Wireless!!

downthetubes contributor Ian Wheeler, a former Coordinator of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society, discussed the Bonhams Doctor Who auction on BBC Radio York this morning. You can hear the item on the BBC iplayer – it’s part of the Adam Tomlinson show and can be heard at approximately the 45 minute point. Check it out here. Read More »

British Comics Past: Super Naturals

Super Naturals Adventure Book

Super Naturals must surely rank as one of the shortest-lived British comics of all time, with just nine regular issues to its name. In common with the M.A.S.K. and Ring Raiders comics, Super Naturals was based on a series of toys, released in 1986 by Tonka, a company now owned by Transformers makers Hasbro. The Super Naturals figures differed from ... Read More »

Lest We Forget: Comic Creators We Lost in 2016

Darwyn Cooke

While there’s been much to celebrate in 2016 when it comes to our industry, we couldn’t let the year pass without noting some of those involved now sadly no longer with us, including one of our very own contributors. So raise a glass or two (alcoholic or otherwise) to these fine folk we lost this year… January 2016 Shirley Bellwood British ... Read More »

New Doctor Who adventures and more in latest free Cosmic Masque digizine

Cosmic Masque III - Cover

Hot on the heels of the release of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society’s free to view Celestial Toyroom 2017 Annual, they’ve just published Cosmic Masque III – 96 pages of magazine all about being a fan of the long-running SF TV show. Edited by Grant Bull and downthetubes very own Ian Wheeler, with layout by Nick Holland, it’s full of fiction, ... Read More »

In Review: The Dan Dare Audio Adventures – Marooned on Mercury

Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures Episode 3 - Marooned on Mercury by Marc Platt

A B7 Production in association with Big Finish Distributed by Big Finish Directed By: Andrew Mark Sewell • Listen to the trailer Main Cast: Ed Stoppard (Dan Dare), Geoff McGivern (Digby), Heida Reed (Professor Peabody), Michael Cochrane (Sir Hubert Guest), Raad Rawi (The Mekon) Associate Producer Fiona McAlpine Development Producer Patrick Chapman Series Script Editor Colin Brake Executive Producer Simon Moorhead Producer/Director ... Read More »

In Review: The Dan Dare Audio Adventures – The Red Moon Mystery 

Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures Episode 2 - The Red Moon Mystery by James Swallow

A B7 Media Production in association with Big Finish Distributed by Big Finish Directed By: Andrew Mark Sewell • Listen to the series trailer Series Main Cast: Ed Stoppard (Dan Dare), Geoff McGivern (Digby), Heida Reed (Professor Peabody), Michael Cochrane (Sir Hubert Guest), Raad Rawi (The Mekon) Associate Producer Fiona McAlpine Development Producer Patrick Chapman Series Script Editor Colin Brake ... Read More »

In Review: The Dan Dare Audio Adventures – Voyage to Venus

Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures Episode 1 - Voyage to Venus by Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle

A B7 Production in association with Big Finish Distributed by Big Finish Directed By: Andrew Mark Sewell • Listen to the trailer Main Cast: Ed Stoppard (Dan Dare), Geoff McGivern (Digby), Heida Reed (Professor Peabody), Michael Cochrane (Sir Hubert Guest), Raad Rawi (The Mekon) Associate Producer Fiona McAlpine Development Producer Patrick Chapman Series Script Editor Colin Brake Executive Producer Simon Moorhead ... Read More »

Roy of the Rovers: A Collector’s Guide

The recent release of longtime comics editor and writer Barrie Tomlinson‘s book Real Roy of the Rovers Stuff (Barrie himself talks about that project here, and Ian Wheeler’s review is here) made us wonder what other Roy of the Rovers books are out there for the collector. 2000AD publisher Rebellion has hinted they have major plans for Roy, the football ace ... Read More »

Dan Dare “Lost Film” eBay find, and Les Edwards’ unused Mekon design

Mekon design by Les Edwards for the unmade Dan Dare film planned by Phenomenal Film Productions

Recently spotted on eBay by Hibernia Comics fan Paul Dowson was this advertisement cut carefully from an October 1975 issue of Variety for a never made Dan Dare film, a project from Phenomenal Film Productions, which owned both the film and TV rights to the much-loved British comic character. Hibernia Comics publisher David McDonald also drew my attention to a second advertisement ... Read More »

Blast from the Past: The Zambaquons

While scurrying through some old projects at the weekend, I came across this Zambaquons comic strip, based on characters I originally created for my first comics fanzine, SCAN, back in the 1980s. (The zine’s name, should not, by the way, be confused with the name of a Lancaster University student newspaper, which I also edited as its sabbatical editor even ... Read More »

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