Thunderbirds original double-page artwork (1966) drawn, painted and signed by Frank Bellamy for TV Century 21 No 90 1966. From the Bob Monkhouse Archive. The front cover of the comic screamed, 'Nightmare Splashdown for Crippled Ship - Monster Attacks Thunderbird 3!' And here is Bellamy's brilliant double-page artwork to prove it! The ‘Thunderbirds’ logo is an unattached laser colour copy, as are all the word balloons and the original comic which are part of this lot. Bright, fresh Pelikan inks on board. 28 x 20 ins.

Bob Monkhouse Archive auction items include Frank Bellamy TV21 Thunderbirds art and more

London-based Comic Book Auctions (ComPal) November catalogue has just opened for bidding at the-saleroom.com and includes some magnificent artwork boards from the Bob Monkhouse Archive – along with, separately, some rather nifty comics-inspired badges and several “giveaways” from various British comics. Comedian, game show host Bob Monkhouse started his career in the 1940s as a script writerContinue reading Bob Monkhouse Archive auction items include Frank Bellamy TV21 Thunderbirds art and more

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Comics Zine Crikey! makes an unexpected comeback

If you’re a fan of the new ComicScene UK magazine, then as a fan of British comics you’ll know there were a number of magazines down the years in a similar vein – Fantasy Advertiser, INFINITY, Speakeasy, for example, and Crikey!, too. Well, Crikey! Is about to make a comeback- as collections… thanks to TonyContinue reading Comics Zine Crikey! makes an unexpected comeback

Look Alive, London! Here’s some rare dinosaur invasion art by Don Lawrence

Regular readers of downthetubes will recall we previously covered the short-lived replacement to Look and Learn, Look Alive, highlighting an early appearance of the Alan Grant penned story “The Chronicles of Genghis Grimtoad”, drawn for the title by Angus McBride, not Ian Gibson. (Gibson would draw an entire adventure published by Marvel UK). Well, here’sContinue reading Look Alive, London! Here’s some rare dinosaur invasion art by Don Lawrence

Essential British Comics Reference: Bear Alley Books’ “Ranger The National Boys’ Magazine”

Online discussion about where a piece of art by the talented British comic artist Ron Embleton (TV Century 21, Look and Learn, Ranger, World of Wonder) might have been published prompted Bear Alley Books publisher Steve Holland to remind me about his excellent reference work, compiled with David Slinn – Ranger The National Boys’ Magazine. The huntContinue reading Essential British Comics Reference: Bear Alley Books’ “Ranger The National Boys’ Magazine”

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Book Palace announces Illustrators magazine special devoted to Trigan Empire, Storm artist Don Lawrence

Book Palace Books is to publish a special issue of Illustrators magazine devoted to Trigan Empire and Storm artist Don Lawrence, offering a comprehensive look at this incredible comic artist’s career. Don, who died in 2003, is best known for his comic strips “The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire” published in the weekly titlesContinue reading Book Palace announces Illustrators magazine special devoted to Trigan Empire, Storm artist Don Lawrence