Alan Hebden and José Ortiz “Tower King” tale from New Eagle collected

The Tower King by Alan Hebden and Jose Ortiz

From the the 1980s comic New Eagle comes the classic story “The Tower King”, written by Alan Hebden (one of the current writers on Commando, but whose credits also include many strips for 2000AD, including “Meltdown Man” and other comics) and the late, great José Ortiz (“The Thirteenth Floor”).

“The Tower King” tells the tale of Mick Tempest and his struggles to survive in a London plunged into medieval anarchy by the complete loss of electricity. The tale is brilliantly written by Alan Hebden, and the artwork by Ortiz is among his best.


A panel from “The Tower King”, José Ortiz delivering full on action to Alan Hebden’s script. Art © Dan Dare Corporation

Published by Hibernia Books under license from the Dan Dare Corporation, who own rights to many strips from both the original Eagle and the 1980s title, The Tower King is a 76-page plus black and white collection and includes an enthusiastic introduction to the story from comics artist Leigh Gallagher (Defoe).

This much admired and fondly-recalled story – which, unlike many British comic strips, is a complete tale (even if the finale does seem a bit rushed) has never been reprinted, and the first print is limited to 200 individually numbered copies. It is only available in print at this point: there’s no digital edition available yet.

• The Tower King is available only from Hibernia’s Comicsy shop at


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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