John’s a Record Breaker!

Congratulations to downthetubes’ head honcho John Freeman on becoming a Guiness Record Breaker!

Doctor Who Magazine has been named the Longest Running Magazine Based on a Television Series. John edited 49 issues of DWM from 1988 t0 1992. He was the third longest-running editor.

John’s time on DWM was hugely important. He was the first person who had to edit the magazine when the show went off the air in 1989. He built on the good work of his predecessor Sheila Cranna, revamping the design of the title and improving the factual content by bringing Who experts such as Andrew Pixley onto the team.

Doctor Who Magazine began as Doctor Who Weekly way back in 1979 under the editorship of Dez Skinn. Whilst factual content now dominates the magazine, the comic strip has continued to be a central part of it. Early contributors to the strip included Pat Mills and Dave Gibbons. John himself has written for the strip.

Well done, John – we always knew you were a legend but now it’s official.

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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