In Memoriam: Mike White

One of Mike White’s many historical illustrations We’re sorry to report the passing of veteran comic artist Mike White, probably best known to readers of downthetubes for his art on Roy of the Rovers, Commando, 2000AD and strips such as Hell’s Highway and Kids Rule OK for the controversial 1970s comic, Action. Mike passed thisContinue reading In Memoriam: Mike White

Starblazer Issue 1

Starblazer Covered

Regular downthetubes readers will recall we published some features about DC Thomson’s much-missed SF digest comic Starblazer on downthetubes some time ago, including a checklist of the title. The section orginally kicked off with a feature by Jeremy Briggs called ‘Blazing Through the Secrecy‘ – pondering the mystery of once-anonymous creators – but also includesContinue reading Starblazer Covered

Bob Monkhouse: Beano Artist?

(with thanks to John Paterson at TartanBaffles, Jeremy Briggs and Lew Stringer): It’s been a matter of debate for British comics fans for many years, but DC Thomson staff think they may have confirmed the late, great comedian Bob Monkhouse wrote and drew for The Beano. It’s well known Monkhouse, who had a massive comicsContinue reading Bob Monkhouse: Beano Artist?

Starblazer from the Command Deck

DC Thomson editor Bill McLoughlin has kindly given downthetubes his account of the rise and fall of DC Thomson’s 1980s SF digest title Starblazer, which has recently spawned its own Role Playing Game (see our review). Revealing the origins of the title – whose contributors included, among many others, a young comics creator called GrantContinue reading Starblazer from the Command Deck

Tube Surfing, 11 July 2009: Starblazer Sculptures, Moon Landings and an Oxfam ComicFest

• Dundee-based artist Trevor Gordon has been in touch, to let you us of a collaborative art project going ahead in Dundee at the Mills Observatory. “I am working with archival material from DC Thomsons and creating sculptural pieces influenced by the work,” he reveals. “There will a number of original Starblazer works on displayContinue reading Tube Surfing, 11 July 2009: Starblazer Sculptures, Moon Landings and an Oxfam ComicFest