1969 Rocketdyne concept depicting the firing of the ascent engine as the Apollo 11 Lunar Module ascent stage launches from the surface of the moon. The descent stage serves as a launch base and remained on the lunar surface.Image: NASA

Apollo 11 at 50: Returning Home

It was actually 21st July that the return to Earth began. Armstrong and Aldrin spent less than three hours walking on the Moon and lifted off in the Lunar Module’s ascent stage less than 22 hours after they had touched down. 10 years ago on downthetubes, Jeremy Briggs wrote a 40th anniversary day-by-day celebration seriesContinue reading Apollo 11 at 50: Returning Home

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Marvel UK in Print: A Quick Guide

Marvel UK fans often comment on the lack of Marvel UK’s “Genesis 1992” related collections, but as we have reported down the years, at least some Marvel stories created in the UK have been reprinted, by Marvel US and Panini. Here’s a quick checklist – additions are welcome. All the links on the book titlesContinue reading Marvel UK in Print: A Quick Guide

Apollo 11 Illustration from the Daily Mirror by Frank Bellamy, published 11th July 1969. Via the Frank Bellamy Checklist

Apollo 11 at 50: The First Moon Landing, illustrated by Frank Bellamy

Americans would have us believe that Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the Moon on 20 July 1969 because they saw it happen in their late evening. However, 50 years ago today, British audiences saw it happen in the early hours of 21st July 1969. 10 years ago on downthetubes, Jeremy Briggs wrote aContinue reading Apollo 11 at 50: The First Moon Landing, illustrated by Frank Bellamy

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Phil Comics offers TV21, Tornado and “Curly Wee” rarities in latest eBay auction

There’s another astonishing array of comics and comic-related items on offer in the latest eBay auction from Phil Comics this month: hundreds of vintage comics, annuals, free gifts, holiday specials and more, in 550 odd listings, including some very rare and often much sought after Curly Wee annualsContinue reading Phil Comics offers TV21, Tornado and “Curly Wee” rarities in latest eBay auction

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Apollo 11 at 50: The Eagle Has Landed

50 years ago today, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin boarded the Lunar Module, Eagle, and undocked from the Command Service Module, Columbia. Leaving Mike Collins alone in the CSM in lunar orbit, they descended towards the Moon’s surface where Eagle safely touched down in the Sea of Tranquility at 8:17pm GMT. 10 years ago onContinue reading Apollo 11 at 50: The Eagle Has Landed