The Damian Darke story "A Friend in Need", from Debbie 271, featuring art now known to be by Argentinian artist Luis Garcia Duran © DC Thomson

Mystery Artist Quest: A “Spellbound” Artist Identified

Author and artist David Roach is trying to identify the artists of a number of DC Thomson strips – and his renewed quest, highlighted on downthetubes, is already paying off thanks to social media, and an Argentinian artist’s connections with the Dundee-based publisher have now been been confirmed by his daughter. Last night, David postedContinue reading Mystery Artist Quest: A “Spellbound” Artist Identified

Tiger 20th December 1970 SNIP

Comic Creator Spotlight: “Skid Solo” artist John Vernon

As it’s a Formula 1 weekend, downthetubes contributor Richard Sheaf is marking the event on his Boys Adventure Comics Blog with a look back at an earlier era of motor-racing with this oddity – “The Champions” – a tie-in comic with Matchbox toys sponsorship of motor racing legend, John Surtees and Team Surtees, in the early 1970s, featuring art by “Skid Solo” artist John VernonContinue reading Comic Creator Spotlight: “Skid Solo” artist John Vernon

Stranger than Fiction: When Comics tell only half a “True Story”

Growing up, like many of you, I’m sure you wondered just how “true” some of the “true stories” told in comics actually were. Sometimes, it seems, truth is far, far stranger than fiction… and sometimes, far from as “funny” as presented…Continue reading Stranger than Fiction: When Comics tell only half a “True Story”

Comic Creator Spotlight: Roland Davies and “Come On, Steve!”

Here’s a few examples of the wonderful “Come on, Steve” strip, and a tribute to the strip’s creator, Roland Davies. Davies drew for the strip for both the Sunday Express and the Sunday Dispatch and I loved reading the stories as a kid, which appeared in annuals owned, presumably, by my Mum as a child,Continue reading Comic Creator Spotlight: Roland Davies and “Come On, Steve!”

The Art of John Armstrong

Life and work of Misty artist John Armstrong celebrated

A colour copy of John Armstrong’s cover for a fan-published special dedicated to girls comic Misty, published in 2006 by A new Facebook group dedicated to British girls comic artist John Armstrong has just gone public with the support of the artist’s family, who are keen to see a lasting memorial to his work. John,Continue reading Life and work of Misty artist John Armstrong celebrated