The latest issues of the Dan Dare-inspired magazine Spaceship Away – Issue 40 – has just been released, the glossy A4 magazine featuring not one but two all-new “classic” Dan Dare comic strips from Tim Booth.
Along with the final episode of “Mercury Revenant” (which has a Christmas themed ending true to the original Eagle) and “Parsecular Tales“, this issue sees finales to “Nick Hazard: Planet of Doom” by Ron Turner, coloured by Martin Baines, and “Jet Morgan and the Space Pirates”, drawn by Ferdinando Taconi, ending Charles Chilton‘s Journey into Space saga.
There’s a treat in store for those curious about the new B7 Media Dan Dare Audio Adventures, which launch next month from Big Finish: not only has our very own Jeremy Briggs delivered a full-length behind-the-scenes feature, complete with photographs from the recording back in April, there’s also a gallery of Brian Williamson‘s promotional art for the first three episodes, with Voyage to Venus as a centrespread.
Jeremy also interviews Dave Gibbons about his work on 2000AD’s “Dan Dare” strip, and David Ashford provides a revealing feature on Syd Jordan’s strip “Hal Starr”.
The whole issue, available to order soon to non-subscribers from the magazine’s web site, is rounded off nicely with a cartoon strip by Steve English and art by Eagle veteran Don Harley.
The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.
John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.
He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.
Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.