Masters of Comic Book Art: Pino Dell’Orco

downthetubes contributor Colin Noble has a remarkable collection of Picture Library comics and we’ve featured his researches into just how often some classic tales – and covers have been re-used down the years. Here’s another gem, but this one by the brilliant Italian artist Pino Dell’Orco, also has some grounding in historical fact. Published backContinue reading Masters of Comic Book Art: Pino Dell’Orco

Carlos Ezquerra: His Early Comics Work for Wizard

While Judge Dredd co-creator Carlos Ezquerra, who died this week, is well known for his work on 2000AD, he worked for other publishers, including Commando and Beano DC Thomson, which once published many more titles than they do today. One of them was the long-running action adventure title Wizard, and downthetubes contributor Colin Noble hasContinue reading Carlos Ezquerra: His Early Comics Work for Wizard

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Money Spinning: How many times can you re-publish a British war comic?

As comic fans, it’s often easy to forget that publishing them is very much a business as far as companies such as DC Thomson, Rebellion and Titan Comics are concerned, and syndicating or re-using comics published is a major part of their operation. Even smaller companies such as Improper Books have achieved success in thisContinue reading Money Spinning: How many times can you re-publish a British war comic?

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Commando Collectors gather for second Swapmeet

Colin Noble reports on the second Commando Swapmeet organised by Andy Yates, which took place last weekend. These events focus entirely aimed on British comics and the emphasis is on DC Thomson’s war title, Commando, the longest running picture library comic on the planet… When I go to conventions or comic marts in the UKContinue reading Commando Collectors gather for second Swapmeet

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In Review and Pictures: Edinburgh’s Capital Sci-Fi Con 2018

Capital Sci-Fi Con was back in Edinburgh this weekend (3rd to 4th February 2018) with a line-up that included Doctor Who stars Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred, alongside comics guests such as Nick Brokenshire, Gary Erskine, Tanya Roberts and John Wagner. Was it a good event? No… it was great! This weekend marked a ratherContinue reading In Review and Pictures: Edinburgh’s Capital Sci-Fi Con 2018