St Albans Football Club Programme - Saturday 25th April 1992 - cover art by John Gillatt

When Roy of the Rovers sponsored a football club – and a look at football club programmes

Report by Richard Sheaf, with additional reporting by John Freeman A recent social media post by ex-Fleetway editor Barrie Tomlinson alerted me to a 1990s football programme for St. Alban’s City Football Club, featuring cover art by “Billy’s Boots” artist John Gillatt. This is the kind of thing that got me into looking for otherContinue reading When Roy of the Rovers sponsored a football club – and a look at football club programmes

Doctor Who - Land of the Blind - SNIP

In Review: Doctor Who – Land of the Blind

Land of the Blind is the latest collection of comic strip adventures from the pages of Doctor Who Magazine and features the first five Doctors and their companions. With a smashing cover from David Roach, the stories included are, in order of appearance: “Victims” a Fourth Doctor story by Dan Abnett, drawn by Colin Andrew,Continue reading In Review: Doctor Who – Land of the Blind

Not the World Cup: The Official Souvenir Brochure SNIP

When Alan Moore wrote football comics…a look back at Marvel UK’s “Not the World Cup: The Official Souvenir Brochure”

downthetubes contributor and comics archivist Richard Sheaf has shared plenty of strange British comic one shots and short-lived titles over on his brilliant Boys Adventure Blog, and while his recent coverage of Gilbert’s Fridge intrigued, I think it’s more than out trumped by Marvel UK’s 1982 Not the World Cup: The Official Souvenir Brochure… With aContinue reading When Alan Moore wrote football comics…a look back at Marvel UK’s “Not the World Cup: The Official Souvenir Brochure”

Judge Dredd Megazine 387 - SNIP

John Stokes interviewed in Judge Dredd Megazine, classic strip “The Lawless Touch” from Tornado reprinted 

We’ve already trailed this week’s 2000AD – but don’t forget Judge Dredd Megazine (Issue 387) is on sale now, with a plethora of great strips – “Judge Dredd”, “Anderson – Psi Divison”, “Havn”, “Dredd” and “The Dark Judges”. The issue also includes a smashing interview with veteran comics artist John Stokes, who returns to comics thisContinue reading John Stokes interviewed in Judge Dredd Megazine, classic strip “The Lawless Touch” from Tornado reprinted 

Art from "Five on Kirrin Island" by Barrie Mitchell for the pilot issue of Enid Blyton Adventures Magazine

The Famous Five at 75: The Comic Strip Stories

As the author behind book series such as The Famous Five, The Faraway Tree and The Secret Seven, Enid Blyton’s books still sell in huge numbers and she regularly features in the top ten list of the best-selling authors in the UK. Many of her books have been adapted for comics, but The Famous Five – celebratingContinue reading The Famous Five at 75: The Comic Strip Stories