Dambusters comic released for Kindle

The Story of the Dambusters Cover by Nicholas Spender

Ace comic artist and illustrator Nick Spender has been beavering away on The Story of the Dambusters, a comics project telling the story of  “Operation Chastise” for a long time, occasionally mailing me pages of work in progress. At last, we’re pleased to report that he’s finally published it as a digital edition for Kindle – and it looks tremendous.

The Story of the Dambusters by Nicholas Spender
The opening page of The Story of the Dambusters by Nicholas Spender

The 1943 Dam Busters raid is a legend of the Second World War, a classic tale of an inspired genius and the fearless adventurers who made his idea a reality. Until the raid known as Operation Chastise, there had never been such a bold mix of applied science, bravery and chance, and it could all have ended so differently.

In The Story of the Dambusters, Nick unfolds the drama and spectacle of this extraordinary true story as a full colour in this new comic telling, reviving the spirit of 1950s comic-book art and design, the comic strip accompanied by background design images of the bombers and the bombs. Anyone who grew up reading Look and Learn or Eagle, or who recalls the front cover “war stories” of comics such as Valiant, will enjoy this version of the story, made most famous, perhaps, by the 1955 film starring Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd, directed by Michael Anderson.

The Story of the Dambusters by Nicholas Spender
Background information on the bombers also features in the comic.

Previously an illustrator for the BBC, Nick, who lives in Scotland, has been a freelance illustrator since 1986, working on numerous projects from military imagery to greetings cards.

“… I’m still debating what to do next,” Nick tells me. “My partner, Penny, would like to do a new interpretation of King Arthur and his Knights or Norse Legends, whereas I quite like the idea of another Boys’ Own type story – the sinking of the Tirpitz – but it might look a bit too much like the Dam Busters… Decisions, decisions!”

The Story of The Dambusters is available now for Kindle

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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