Dan Dare-inspired Spaceship Away 51 zooms into our sights!

The latest issue of Spaceship Away – Issue 51 – is on sale now, featuring a cover illustration and centrespread by John M. Burns depicting Dan Dare’s daughter…

Spaceship Away Issue 51 - Cover

The Dan Dare story “Voyage of the Ankum” by John Bailey, drawn by William Naylor and coloured by Martin Baines, continues.

Spaceship Away Issue 51 - Dan Dare
Spaceship Away Issue 51 - Dan Dare

There are five pages in colour of the Jeff Hawke story “Selena”, drawn by Sydney Jordan, a strip was originally published in the Daily Express in black and white, but published in colour in Spaceship Away.

Spaceship Away Issue 51 - Jeff Hawke

Target Earth” continues this issue with another four pages, and the issue concludes with the humour strip, “Earthward Bound”.

The magazine, edited by Des Shaw, carries a number of features, as ever, too. In “Spacesuits and Gymslips“, Andrew Darlington explores the Science Fiction and Fantasy strip stories that were published in Girls’ comics, while Rod Barzilay pays tribute to artist Tim Booth, in an item appropriately entitled “Hats off to Tim Booth“.

Spaceship Away 51 - Voyage to Venus - Jet Ace Logan.

Ray Wright keeps us up-to-date with another four pages of “Space News“, and we also get Part 4 of Frontiers of Space, as visualised in the 1950s.

David Ashford takes a Space Strip Journey through the little-known Comet and “Sun” magazines in his article, “Voyage to Venus – Jet Ace Logan“, while Sid Clark also provides photographs of his two fine Dan Dare-inspired models: Phant Food Capsules in their container, and a Phant Food Transport.

Order Spaceship Away on subscription – and back issues, too – from the magazine’s web site here

Limited copies of Spaceship Away 51 are also available from eBay here price £8.95

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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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