Striker Pomo 2016 - Not As You Know It

Striker heads back to The Sun, new projects also in the works

Striker – one of Britain’s longest running newspaper strips, mainly published in The Sun – is on its way back at last, “and probably very soon”, according to creator Pete Nash.

Subject to any last minute hiccups, the strip will return to The Sun very soon, and a new web site – planetstriker.com, not yet live – is in the works.

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A PlanetStriker YouTube channel has already been launched, ahead of offering daily Striker motion comics, with its first offering a fun look back at the strip since its beginning in 1985, through to its weekly comic and the various changes in format in The Sun.

Striker's early days as a line art strip
Striker’s early days as a line art strip

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On the field Striker action from 1992
On the field Striker action from 1992
Drama after Striker star Nick Jarvis loses his leg to a shark
Drama after Striker star Nick Jarvis loses his leg to a shark

There are also some tantalising teases for things to come, including an snippet of an animated Striker-inspired football match.

“It’s my hope that the Strikerworld forum will be hosted on planetstriker eventually, so everything will be under one roof,” says Pete, who’s been working hard behind the scenes to bring the comic back after it was dropped from The Sun‘s print edition earlier in the year, to the dismay of thousands of the strip’s fans.

The fun but short-lived Striker comic, launched thanks to £200,00 raised through fan support
The fun but short-lived Striker comic, launched thanks to £200,00 raised through fan support

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A scene from the upcoming Striker motion comic, finds Nick still in jail
A scene from the upcoming Striker motion comic, finds Nick still in jail

Last month, Pete also announced plans for collections of Striker from the very beginning, along with, hopefully, his SF strip PsyCops.

• Planet Striker is on YouTube here. If you’re a fan of the strip, don’t forget to subscribe!

• Strikerworld is here: strikerworld.co.uk

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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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