Death Wish Volume 1 - Best Wishes

Leo Baxendale’s Sweeny Toddler, Death Wish collections on way from Rebellion

We’ve previously reported on some of the Treasury of British Comics titles on their way to bookshops in 2019 from Rebellion, but now the 2000AD publisher has released more information – and covers – for three of them.

Despite the huge number of classic British collections on their way next year (and not just from Rebellion, if hints from DC Thomson are anything to go by), some fans are wondering when we might see new collections of some of much-loved 1950s and 60s comic characters Rebellion recently purchased from TI Media.

Well, bear in mind that the book publishing world generally works at least twelve months ahead of publication to “sell in” its titles to the trade – on both sides of Atlantic.

We don’t expect to see any books featuring the likes of, perhaps, Robot Archie, the Steel Claw and others before the end of 2019 at the earliest – perhaps in the run up to Christmas, but that would also be dependent on Rebellion accessing scans of the published comics. (Please note, I have no inside information on whether or not the two characters mentioned above are even on Rebellion’s radar – that’s just wishful thinking on my part!)

Meanwhile, Joining more Roy of the Rovers, Billy’s Boots and “Turbo Jones” from the pages of one of Fleetway’s final boys titles, the short-lived Wildcat, are the following…

Invasion 1984

Paperback – On Sale 2nd May 2019
by John Wagner & Alan Grant (Writers), Eric Bradbury (Artist)

Invasion 1984 - Cover

British comics’ take on War of the Worlds beams down for some classic comics carnage!

SPACE INVADERS!

1984. Skeletal-looking alien warriors have invaded the Earth, bringing many large cities like London to the brink of total destruction! Taken by surprise, mankind must now dig deep to survive! In Britain the tough-as-boots military outfit known as Storm Squad mount the fightback against the ‘Spooks’ while professor Ed Lomax looks into a way of permanently ridding the plant of this unearthly foe for good!

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Deathwish Volume 1: Best Wishes

Paperback – On Sale 11th July 2019
by Barrie Tomlinson (Author), Vanyo (Artist)

Death Wish Volume 1 - Best Wishes

EVEL KNIEVEL MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA IN THIS ORIGINAL FAST AND THE FURIOUS!

THE GREATEST DAREDEVIL OF THEM ALL – BECAUSE HE DOESN’T CARE IF HE LIVES OR DIES!

Blake Edmonds had it all – fame, money, looks… and then the world-famous F1 driver suffered a terrible accident which left him hideously disfigured. Fashioning a mask to hide his terrible visage, Edmonds has taken on a new career as a stuntman, flirting with death on a regular basis.

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Leo Baxendale’s Sweeney Toddler

Hardcover – On Sale 25th July 2019
by Leo Baxendale

Leo Baxendale's Sweeny Toddler - Cover

THE COMIC WORLD’S GREATEST MENACE!

Sweeny Toddler was his greatest creation for IPC – a two-year-old terror who manages to cause mayhem from beyond his pram and cot.

First appearing in Shiver & Shake in 1973, Sweeny Toddler – created by Leo Baxendale, but also drawn by Colin WhittockTom Paterson and Graham Exton survived the title’s demise to become a Whoopee! favourite for over 10 years until 1985, before moving to the front cover of Whizzer & Chips.

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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