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Episodes of the 1987 Striker story 'Dirty Money'. The strip today is published in CGI.  Striker © 2010 Pete Nash.
Episodes of the 1987 Striker
story ‘Dirty Money’. The strip
today is published in CGI. Striker © 2010 Pete Nash.

Long-running football strip Striker’s run in Nuts magazine will come to an end next month, creator Pete Nash reports.

Sadly for Striker fans who have followed the strip from The Sun to its weekly own comic, then back to the daily paper once more and now, Nuts, the magazine has told Pete they haven’t been able to secure a sponsor which means the income is insufficient to cover the artwork and production costs.

Striker, which has been produced as a Computer Generated strip for several years, has previously been sponsored by big brands such as Virgin.

“It simply isn’t viable to continue,” Pete told fans on the official StrikerWorld web forum, revealing the last issue of Nuts featuring Striker will be the one from 5-11 October.

“There will be no big bang ending, just a wrapping up of the current story,” he added, before also noting that this might, finally, be the last hurrah for the strip.

“I am long enough in the tooth to know you should never say never but I don’t see any likelihood of Striker re-emerging elsewhere,” he says. “25 years is a hell of a run and I feel the time to stop, or at least take a substantial break, is probably overdue. I am finally going to concentrate on my other writing projects.”

Striker today
Striker today.

Despite the bad news for the strip, there is some good news for its fans – the StrikerWorld web site, which is publishing an archive of past strips, is doing well and Intelligence Ltd – its designers and hosts – are committed to keeping the archive and forum going.

“We are going to shoot a promotional video for the archive to host on Youtube,” Pete reports, “so hopefully visitor traffic will improve and the forum will eventually attract more members.”

Striker © Pete Nash

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. 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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