Spaceship Away 48 sports spiffing John M. Burns cover

The latest issue of the Dan Dare-inspired comic magazine Spaceship Away (Issue 48) is on sale now, sports a  great cover and double-page poster by 2000AD artist John M. Burns.

Spaceship Away 48 - Cover

Burns best-known work on Dan Dare is for a strip for the New Eagle, published between 1990 and 1991, but he was also chosen by writer Denis Gifford to illustrate a revival of the character, “Dan Dare and Son” for Reveille Extra in the 1970s, a page inside the long-running Reveille weekly magazine, which could be cut out and folded into a four-page comic. The project, which would have involved Dan Dare creator Frank Hampson as an advisor, was dropped by IPC management almost as soon as it began, as Alan Vince recounted in an article for Spaceship Away 33.

This issue of Spaceship Away continues the Dan Dare strip “Shakedown Cruise” drawn by Tim Booth and includes two more colour strips, Ron Turner’s “The Golden Amazon” coloured by Martin Baines, and a further episode of “Operation Pintos”.

Spaceship Away 48 - Shakedown Cruise

Spaceship Away 48 - Golden Amazon

Features include the second part of a “The Don Harley Story” by downthetubes stalwart Jeremy Briggs, “Pioneers of the Future” by Andrew Darlington a guide to V2 launch sites in France during World War Two and more “Space News” from Ray Wright – plus a free text story, “The Valley of Walking Trees” (Chapters 5 & 6)

• Spaceship Away is available on subscription from the magazine’s official web site at spaceshipaway.org – and individual issues are available from eBayIssue 48 is on sale here

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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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