Facebook is its own microcosm of the web, and if you choose to have access, there are many groups and Pages – two different types of presentation on the social media platform – dedicated to classic British comics, publishers and a wide range of creators.
Here’s a growing list, assembled with the help of the downthetubes team. Additional information welcome!
This page was last updated on Wednesday 16th September 2020, adding the dedicated DC Thomson & John Leng Annuals Page – and a number of comic and artist groups set up by the unstoppable Peter Gray
Do note that groups have different settings, some public, some private, with different acceptance policies for new members.
If you’re thinking of setting up your own group dedicated to your favourite comic or creator, I’d strongly suggest taking advantage of Facebook suggestions to deter spammers, such as asking key questions and informing would be members of basic rules on being polite and never unkind.
Ace for British indie comics, a spin-off from the highly regarded Podcast
Run by downthetubes contributor Richard Sheaf, a spin-off of his excellent Boys Adventure Comics Blog
The Facebook presence for the magazine
A relatively new group as of August 2020
Created by Adam Teitge, dedicated to documenting DC Thomson and John Leng annuals printed between 1921 and 1965
Of course we have a Page, too! But for comics discussion, head to the Facebook Comic Con – John Freeman Group
• Dust Jacket Detectives – Page
A group for collectors of old books forever in search of missing dust jackets, set up as a research page for mostly early children’s books and annuals. From reading collectors books, few if any contain pictures or even references to dust jackets
A fantastic group of researchers, fans and creators
The publisher of many great British comic-related titles – so plenty of posts and discussion about British comics
One of the larger groups dedicated to British comics old and new on Facebook
Most discussion here is about British humour comics
We think Peter has at least three clones!
Set up for independent creators and publishers to promote their work
Also discusses US comics
Also US discussion
CLASSIC AND ONGOING BRITISH COMIC GROUPS AND PAGES
Run by Paul Trimble
Doctor Who Comics
• Dan Dare
An exuberant mash up of Marvel UK continuity and UK SF TV in comic form!
A group devoted to a member of DC Thomson’s “Big 5” story papers
Run by downthetubes contributor Colin Noble
BRITISH NEWSPAPER STRIPS
BRITISH COMIC CREATORS/ CREATORS ON BRITISH COMICS
These are groups or Pages dedicated to creators, not their personal pages
This group includes many examples of both his comics work for titles such as Misty and Tammy, alongside his illustration work. Run by John Freeman
Brian himself contributes to this group
John Michael Burns
John answers questions about his art and work on occasion via moderators of this group run by Colin Brown
Australian artist Peter Foster, known for his work in the UK on Commando and “Billy the Cat” for Buddy, contributes to this group
Ian, whose credits include 2000AD’s “The Ballad of Halo Jones”, contributes to this group
Creator of the world-famous Giles cartoons for the Daily and Sunday Express
Join fans of The Dandy’s “Korky the Cat”!
Creator of the Mr Men and more
Commando cover artist, “Dan Dare” strip artist and much, much more
A very new group as of August 2020 dedicated to the artist possibly best known for his work on strips such as “The Monkees” for Lady Penelope or “Adam Eterno” and “Billy’s Boot”, but who many fans will recognise as the artist who encouraged them to pester Mum for “Clark’s Commandos” shoes – and, hopefully, never take up smoking! (Norman Boyd has one of the few online biographies of the artist here)
Read the latest Charlotte Corday adventures for free from this Dan Dare and Thunderbirds artist
Graeme Neil Reid
Artist, creator, whose credits include Frankie Stein, Faceache and more
Jesus Redondo Roman
An adjunct of the official a Bryan Talbot web site
Dudley D. Watkins
Further entries welcome! Comment below
With thanks to all those who set up the groups and pages above, and Matt Cole and Colin Noble for additional information