This Week’s Top Ten Most Read Stories on downthetubes

Achtung! Commando Issue One

A look back at a short-lived Commando fan magazine edited by artist Peter Richardson, Frank Bellamy Eagle art, a Jack Kirby-related crowdfunder and the first UK Gerry Anderson’s UFO convention in a long time topped downthetubes most read stories this week.

Here’s a list of the top ten most read stories on the site for the week ending Friday 21st April 2017.

  1. Achtung! Commando – a short-lived homage to Britain’s longest-running war comic recalled
  2. London’s Cartoon Museum seeks Comics Creators Project Volunteer
  3. Gerry Anderson “UFO” convention in June
  4. Creating Comics: The Comic Industry and the Downside of Working from the Belly of the Whale
  5. Borderliners is a Real Treat for fans of The Prisoner and Phillip K. Dick
  6. Mystery art has Frank Hampson fans a-flutter – but the actual artist remains a mystery
  7. “Blunderbirds” and Frank Bellamy’s “The Shepherd King” highlighted in new Eagle Times
  8. Frank Bellamy “Heros the Spartan” Art Goes Under the Hammer
  9. SF adventure “Geysers of Titan”, drawn by Doctor Who Adventures’ Russ Leach, continues in Aces Weekly
  10. Crowdfunding Spotlight – British Jack Kirby Documentary Project Launches

My thanks to writers Richard Sheaf and Ian Sharman whose articles hit the Top Ten, but don’t miss out on Tony Esmond‘s great preview of Centrala’s new project Old Farts by Sorina Vazelina or his review of Colossie by Ricardo Mo, which were among others just “bubbling under” our headline items

John Freeman

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.

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