The Mighty One Book Cover

In Review: The Mighty One My Life Inside The Nerve Centre

The Book: Steve MacManus, the editor of 2000AD during the 1980s, lifts the lid on how the UK’s most important comic came into existence and his extraordinary role in shaping it into a industry revolutionising icon. In 1973, a twenty-year-old MacManus joined Fleetway Publications as a sub-editor on UK adventure title Valiant, a title then sellingContinue reading In Review: The Mighty One My Life Inside The Nerve Centre

Mekon design by Les Edwards for the unmade Dan Dare film planned by Phenomenal Film Productions

Dan Dare “Lost Film” eBay find, and Les Edwards’ unused Mekon design

Recently spotted on eBay by Hibernia Comics fan Paul Dowson was this advertisement cut carefully from an October 1975 issue of Variety for a never made Dan Dare film, a project from Phenomenal Film Productions, which owned both the film and TV rights to the much-loved British comic character. Hibernia Comics publisher David McDonald also drewContinue reading Dan Dare “Lost Film” eBay find, and Les Edwards’ unused Mekon design

Stewart Perkins, Bristol 2004. Photo courtesy PJ Holden

downthetubes: Our Top Ten Stories for May 2016

Halfway into 2016 already and we had another upswing in visitor numbers on downthetubes in May – thank you for your continued support. We have lots of news and features and new projects yet to come! • In Memoriam: Stewart Perkins (WR Logan) British comics mourns the loss of a huge fan and supporter ofContinue reading downthetubes: Our Top Ten Stories for May 2016

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