Step Back in Time to 1986, when Steve Ditko drew for Fantasy Advertiser

We’re well overdue reminding people about the brilliant Classic UK Comic Zines online archive curated by David Hathaway-Price, so what better way to do so than with the addition of the 20th Anniversary Issue of Fantasy Advertiser, published in 1986, sporting a cover by the legendary Steve Ditko?

FA (Fantasy Advertiser) Issue 97- Steve Ditko Cover

FA (Fantasy Advertiser) #97, edited by Martin Skidmore and Gordon Neil, was published in June 1986, sporting a cover by Steve Ditko, with colour separations by Steve Whitaker. The team on the long running comic zine included Jackie Skidmore, Andrew Littlefield, Kev Sutherland, Dave Dursley and Martin Crookall.

A 20th Anniversary celebration issue, containing interviews with Pat Mills (conducted by Andrew Littlefield and Martin Skidmore), and Marvel’s Jim Shooter (again conducted by Andrew), talking about the return of Jack Kirby’s artwork.

Offering a fascinating snapshot of the comic scene on both sides of the Atlantic, assembled by some of the best names in British comics fandom of the time, this anniversary Issue joins a superb and growing archive of comic zines that has expanded rapidly this year, adding issues of titles such as BS1, edited by Kev Sutherland, Cosmorama, edited by Garen Ewing, Sub-Plot, edited by Steve Craddock.

“I believe the cover was a commissioned piece,” notes David Hathaway-Price of this latest Fantasy Advertiserto join the catalogue. “Contributions this issue were by Steve Noble, Dale Cole, Graeme Bassett, Lew Stringer, Fiona Jerome, Andrew Moreton, Martin Hand, and Howard Stangroom.”

FA continues to this day as an online publication.

In addition to curating the Classic UK Comic Zines archive, David is also the editor of FANSCENE, with six great issues under his belt. Naturally, these are also available to read for free online.

Classic UK Comics Zines, David’s online archive of British fanzines | Fantasy Advertiser Section

Check out all six issues of FANSCENE

• FA Online – http://comiczine-fa.com

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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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