2000AD - Judge Dredd - Block War - art by Ron Smith © Rebellion Publishing Ltd

In Memoriam: 2000AD, comic creators and fans pay tribute to artist Ron Smith

British comic creators, publishers and fans have paid tribute to Judge Dredd artist and former Spitfire pilot Ron Smith, who passed away aged 90 early yesterday, after a long battle with Parkinson’s. Ron began his long and much-admired creative career in animation at Gaumont British Animation after World War Two, before moving into comics forContinue reading In Memoriam: 2000AD, comic creators and fans pay tribute to artist Ron Smith

Remembering Gil Page: A Personal Tribute by David Hunt

Former comics editor David Hunt pays tribute to one of the great, and largely unsung force behind the success of British comics over several decades – Gil Page, who died earlier this week. I last saw my dear friend Gil Page a couple of weeks back. With Bob Paynter and Stan McDonald (giants of the industryContinue reading Remembering Gil Page: A Personal Tribute by David Hunt

In Memoriam: IPC Managing Editor Gil Page

We’re sorry to report the passing of Gil Page, an editorial stalwart of Amalgamated Press, Fleetway, IPC and latterly Egmont, as that company’s Managing Editor. He passed away peacefully in his sleep earlier in the week, aged 79. “Gil was extremely professional in everything he did, but this likeable man never forgot his roots,” formerContinue reading In Memoriam: IPC Managing Editor Gil Page

Eagle Daze 8 – TV21, Candy & Lady Penelope

Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Eight

Leonard Matthews, General Managing Editor of Fleetway and the Eagle Group of Comics, was a Creative Visionary… but that, Roger Perry argues in his extensive biography of the man which continues here on downthetubes, is only due to him having utilised the ideas of others. Here, Roger recalls the creation of Martspress, the company that wouldContinue reading Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Eight

David Roberts and Brian Woodford with copies of Top Spot in its varying cover looks. Riding pillion on the motorbike is Eileen Earl (or Earle), who had been Leonard Matthews’ secretary up until the time Elizabeth Flower assumed that role. Montage by Roger Perry

Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Two

Leonard Matthews, General Managing Editor of Fleetway and the Eagle Group of Comics, was a “Creative Visionary”… but that, Roger Perry argues in his extensive biography of the man which continues here on downthetubes (Part One here), is only due to him having utilised the ideas of others.  The comic magazine Top Spot, published in 1958,Continue reading Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Two