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WebFinds: The Space Museum 

The Space Museum - Collecting Doctor Who Promo

When an account titled @spacemuseum63 starts following you on Twitter, you need to double check they aren’t Dalek agents. I’m glad I did, because it led me to The Space Museum web site –  dedicated to cataloging Doctor Who collectibles from 1963 to 1989— the original run of the BBC TV series. The items in the galleries – so far, ... Read More »

Cartoonist Peter Brookes awarded CBE in 2017 New Years Honours

Peter Brookes - Offensive Weapons

Times cartoonist Peter Brookes has been awarded the CBE – Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire- for services to the media in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list, announced earlier this evening. The full list of honours (PDF link) includes sportsmen and women, actress Patricia Routledge (already a CBE, now a Dame, for services to theatre ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Comics Letterer and Designer Derek Pierson

Derek Pierson in the Eagle in 1966

We’re sorry to report the passing of Derek Pierson, who once self deprecatingly described his comics career as “from Hulton’s to IPC Magazines with Fleetway, taking a chunk of the middle”. Aged 77, he had been ill for some time. A backroom staffer and letterer of immense talent, his description of his working life, from what his friends tell me, does that ... Read More »

Words From Beyond: Doctor Who Artist John Canning Part 2 – VNR Interview

John Canning SSI Strips 1980

Born in London in 1923, John Canning went to the Hornsey College Of Art in Haringey before becoming a military pilot during WWII. After the war he did commercial and advertising work before going freelance in 1948. As a comic strip artist however we can see his work in Swift, Girl, Express Weekly, Lady Penelope and especially his long career ... Read More »

Words From Beyond: Doctor Who Artist John Canning Part 1 – Tardis Interview

Who is the most experienced Doctor Who comic strip artist alive today? Mike Collins, John Ridgway and John Ross are certainly contenders for the honour but in 1976 the answer was much more clear cut – it was TV Comic artist John Canning who had illustrated strips featuring all four of the television Doctors to that date. In March 1976 ... Read More »

Basil Brush “Full Fox on Tour” prompts TV Comic memories

Basil Brush, drawn by Dick Millington

(Updated 5/6/15): Basil Brush – star of TV, stage and TV Comic – is out and about over the summer months in the UK with his “Full on Fox Tour”, taking in towns across the country from Newport on Saturday to Ipswich on 22nd November. Basil Brush has celebrated over 50 years in entertainment and The Basil Brush Show on BBC TV has been seen ... Read More »

Doctor Who Magazine reaches record sales, and comic celebrates 50 years of continuous production

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 470

Panini UK are celebrating after achieving the highest ever ABC figures for Doctor Who Magazine, which features news and features about the BBC’s top SF show, along with all-new comic strip every issue. No doubt boosted by the series 50th anniversary and associated coverage, ABC figures for Doctor Who Magazine reached a total of 36,151 in the release period July to ... Read More »

10 Questions: Author Paul Scoones

  On sale now from publishers Telos Publishing is The Comic Strip Companion: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who in Comics: 1964 — 1979. Written by New Zealand author Paul Scoones, the book documents the early history of one of the world’s longest-running comic strips – and certainly, perhaps, the longest-running licensed science fiction TV-inspired comics. First launched ... Read More »

Cartoon Museum celebrates Doctor Who in comics

London’s Cartoon Museum is to host an exhibition of Doctor Who comic art over the summer, celebrating almost 50 years of his adventures in print – and hopes it might solve a long-running mystery about the artists who first drew the strips. The exhibition includes the work of many artists and spans the Doctor’s comic incarnations from TV Comic onwards, ... Read More »

Motton’s Memories: An Interview with one of Dan Dare’s early writers

Thanks to a chance discovery on the Internet, downthetubes is pleased to be able to present a rare interview with comics writer David Motton, whose career spanned three decades of British comics publishing, but is probably best known for his Dan Dare stories for Eagle, most drawn by Keith Watson. Before he went freelance as a writer, David worked for ... Read More »

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