New Crikey! on sale This Week

Crikey12.jpg(with thanks to Lew Stringer): The twelfth issue of British Comics magazine Crikey! should go on sale this Friday, 29th October.

The issue includes interviews with 2000AD co-creator Pat Mills, Albion writers Leah Moore and John Reppion and veteran comic artist Frank McDiarmid, best known for his work on the humour weekly, Cheeky.

Also featured is the first of a two-part feature on Doctor Who comics across the decades (and yes, it is Doctor Who, contrary to the alarming shortening of the series name on the cover) and an interview with artist Lee O’Connor talking about his new project with Pat Mills, Stars: The Ayatollah’s Son), and a feature on The Persuaders comic which featured in Countdown and TV Action in the 1970s, based on the Roger Moore and Tony Curtis TV series

Crikey! is available from branches of Borders and various newsagents across the country, priced £4.99, or you can subscribe via their website here: www.crikeyuk.co.uk/sub.html

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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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  1. To be fair, throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s the BBC themselves often referred to the series as “Dr.Who”, as did the strips and the merchandise of the time. (And even Doctor Who Weekly, when it started, called it that on occasion.)

    And we don’t know that The Doctor’s name ISN’T “Who” do we? 😉

  2. I don’t think you can use Doctor Who Weekly as a defence – Marvel UK’s editors spelt Peter Davison wrong on a cover on his debut! (Issue 61, to be precise, the error all the worse for it being the same issue where they ran their Eagle Award cover notice…)

    To be fair, though, you’re right – the insistence that the character was credited as “Doctor Who” didn’t start until the era of producer John Nathan-Turner, but I still think it’s a bit odd shortening the title on a cover like that.

    Love your homage to Peter Cushing’s “Doctor Who” movies in your current ident btw!

  3. LOL! I hadn’t thought of the Cushing similarity.

    Fair point about the cover copy. Being the most well-known name on the cover I’d have put it as the topline “Doctor Who in the comics”, and used Tennant as the main cover image.

  4. Me, too, with a box out for “The Persuaders”, perhaps, or Pat Mills. If you’re going news stand, you have to play to the masses and have cover lines that jump out at them – Crikey! has had some good Dennis the Menace inspired covers that succeed on that front, but you can’t keep playing the same card. One of the earlier coves, with the lad reading comics, was very striking too, I thought.

  5. Agreed about the past Crikey! Dennis the Menace covers but it worked against last time them in my local Borders. The staff placed the relaunch issue right in between The Beano and Spongebob comics instead of the aisle with Tripwire, Action TV etc.

    Probably been some baffled 7 year olds over the past month. If they do it this week I’ll have a word and show them the saucy issue 10! 😉

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