Beyond 2000AD project reveals secrets of ‘Starlord’ and aborted ‘Eagle’ revival

Beyond 2000AD - from Hibernia

Hibernia Books are back after the success of last year’s Comic Archive: One Eyed Jack and the Death of Valiant with the latest in their Comic Archive series: Beyond 2000AD.

The book  – available now – is packed with fascinating articles and interviews about some of the projects and titles that have a connection with 2000AD, including the short-lived Starlord and Tornado comics, 2000AD‘s the adaptation of Harry Harrison’s science fiction  novel, The Stainless Steel Rat and an Eagle project that never flew (see related new story)

Beyond 2000AD features contributions from Titan publisher and former 2000AD editor Nick Landau, editor and publisher Dez Skinn, writers Pat Mills and John Wagner, artist Carlos Ezquerra, and editors Kelvin Gosnell, Doug Church, Colin Wyatt, Richard Burton and David Bishop.

The book also reprints rare and never before-seen artwork from Glenn Fabry, Ian Gibson, and Massimo Belardinelli, with cover art from Carlos Ezquerra.

In addition to a history of Starlord and Tornado, there’s an  extensive look at 2000AD‘s publishing history in the United States, a historyof the Daily Star‘s Judge Dredd strip, interviews with 2000AD art editors Doug Church and Colin Wyatt, unseen Ian Gibson art for “Mekomania” and much more.

The book is a fantastic insight into the comics absorbed and inspired by 2000AD, backed by a number of terrific interviews. It’s another fantastic and absorbing guide to parts of British comics history from David McDonald, and we have no hesitation in recommending purchase.

Beyond 2000AD is not available in bookshops – the 68 page book is available for £6  plus £1.50 postage (print edition) and as a digital edition for just £2.50 from Hibernia Books Comicsy store: www.comicsy.co.uk/hibernia

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John Freeman

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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