Conan, Dan Dare and more celebrated in latest free-to-download FANSCENE

Artist and publisher David Hathaway-Price has just released the latest issue of his excellent zine FANSCENE (Issue 6), a free title continuing his celebration of over 50 years of comics fandom in Britain.

Behind another lovely cover by Nick Neocleous, FANSCENE Issue 6 celebrates 50 years since Conan was first published by Marvel, and 70 years since Dan Dare and his pals in the Eagle first saw the light of day.

“I’m hoping in these strange times we’re living in, that another issue of FANSCENE might help to distract people from their worries (at least for an hour or two)”, David says of the latest issue, a continuation of his “extended love letter to British fandom.”

In this jam-packed, free to download zine, Dana Marie Andra, Kyle Andrews, Enrico Ariis, Mark Wayne Barrett, John Freeman, Paul Gravett, Martin Hand, David Hathaway-Price, Bob Naylor, Nick Neocleous, Jim O’Brien, Steve Poulacheris, Jo Fletcher Roberts, Jay Slack, and Andy Williams, present art, strips, and articles on Conan, Bantam the Barbarian, Superman, Rupert Bear, Thor, Dan Dare, Barry Windsor-Smith and John Buscema, Richard Sala, Curt Swan, Vernon Holding, Brian Lewis, Dan Druff, Frank Humphris, Oliver Frey, Advertising Tie-in Comics et al.

“I want to extend my huge thanks to everyone who has given up their time to contribute to this venture,” says David. “I was never sure that we would get to this point, but due to the generosity of the people above, and of many others over the course of the last couple of years, we’ve reached the end of the first volume of the zine.”

Not standing still, the next issue of FANSCENE will look at British comic strip zines, Comix, and the Small Press scene. Any and all contributions would be very welcome, so drop David a line via his web site if you’d like to contribute.

As always, the PDF of this issue is free to download here from the brilliant Classic UK Comics Zine site run by David.

The Mobile version is probably best suited to handheld or mobile devices, while the desktop version is larger and should be downloaded to your computer and viewed there. You are of course very welcome to print the zine yourself or have it printed for you.

A printed version will be available later.

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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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