Countdown and TV Action comics offered by Phil Comics auctioneers

British comics galore and Frankie Stein art, too – in this month’s Phil Comics online auction

There’s some great lots in this latest batch of comics-related auction items from British online comic auctioneers Phil Comics – including a near full set of the 1970s TV-inspired title Countdown and TV ACTION and Frankie Stein art by Robert Nixon. The latest auction includes many US comics alongside early issues of The Beano andContinue reading British comics galore and Frankie Stein art, too – in this month’s Phil Comics online auction

Captain Scarlet Comics Montage

Spectrum is Indestructible: a new Captain Scarlet book will include comic strip guides

Regular readers of downthetubes will recall we reported in 2016 that Chinbeard Books is to publish an unofficial guide to Gerry Anderson’s Captain Scarlet later this year, marking the character’s 50th anniversary since his debut on ITV. Spectrum is Indestructible is the work of journalist, critic and writer Fred McNamara, and will feature a cover byContinue reading Spectrum is Indestructible: a new Captain Scarlet book will include comic strip guides

Beyond 2000AD - Orbital Comics 2017 - Wall 1

Photo Review: The BEYOND 2000AD Exhibition at London’s Orbital Comics

  London’s Orbital Comics – the UK’s one and only Eisner Award-winning comic shop – is currently hosting what sounds like it could be an extremely dull and pretentious look at 2000AD. “Beyond 2000AD – The Broader Cultural Impact of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic” certainly sounds like the theme of a comics dissertation, after all.Continue reading Photo Review: The BEYOND 2000AD Exhibition at London’s Orbital Comics

A panel from *Sub Zero, featuring the Third Doctor and the Daleks, originally presented in 1972 in Countdown comic

Groovy, Baby! Doctor Who Magazine Goes Retro with free Dalek-infested classic comic giveaway

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 508, out now from all good UK newsagents, has a grab bag of treats on offer for fans of 1970s Doctor Who – and great comics. Not only does it include a terrific free gift – a re-presentation supplement of “*Sub Zero“, a cracking Dalek story first published in Countdown and TV Action backContinue reading Groovy, Baby! Doctor Who Magazine Goes Retro with free Dalek-infested classic comic giveaway

Roger Perry 2015

In Memoriam: Artist and Designer Roger Perry – A “Truculent Foot Soldier”

We’re very sorry to report the passing of artist, designer, photographer and downthetubes contributor Roger Perry, who died on Saturday 23rd July at his home in the Philippines – a day after celebrating his 78th birthday. His wife Rosa has been in touch to tell us that Roger, who had been ill for some time,Continue reading In Memoriam: Artist and Designer Roger Perry – A “Truculent Foot Soldier”