Garth, Roy of the Rovers – “The Best of British”

Best of British - November 2014The latest issue of Best of British magazine – on sale in newsagents until 29th November – includes features on two top UK comic characters, Garth and Roy of the Rovers.

Written by Ant Jones, the Garth feature, devoted to the Mirror newspaper’s long-running adventure hero, currently being reprinted with colour by Martin Baines, is about the underrated influence that artist John Allard had on the strip.

The magazine also features a Roy of the Rovers and Gerry Anderson Supercar article.

Here’s a list of the contents:

• Blood Swept Lands – Ceramic poppies at the Tower of London
• The Goodwood Revival 2014
• Danger Down the Line – the explosive story of the branch line to Marlborough
• Puckoon – Spike Milligan’s fictional town
• Dressed to Impress – Power dressing at the Design Museum
• Hedgehoppers Anonymous – the band who fell foul of the RAF
• Sporting Supermen – where was Roy of the Rovers when we needed him?
• The London Blitz of World War One – the German bomber raids of 1916
• The Who – 50 years of maximum R&B
Far From Idle – the canal women of World War Two
• Postcard from… Suffolk
• Master’s Choice – Museum curators on the favourite items in their collections
• The Hyde Park Pet Cemetery
• Paul Temple – Francis Durbridge’s amateur sleuth
• Richard Attenborough – a tribute to the saviour of British cinema
• Supercar – Gerry Anderson’s miracle of the age
• Garth – the Daily Mirror’s time travelling superhero

An episode from the 1971 Garth story, 'Journey into Fear', drawn by John Allard.
An episode from the 1971 Garth story, ‘Journey into Fear’, drawn by John Allard.
This episode from the Garth story, 'Sundance', was the last  John Allard did solo.
This episode from the Garth story, ‘Sundance’, was the last John Allard did solo.

• Best of British, November 2014 is only out in the shops until around 29th November 2014 but you can also get it online: www.bestofbritishmag.co.uk/current-issue

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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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