Artists’ agent Tony Kelleher, wrestler Big Daddy and the Mekon

That Day Dan Dare met wrestler “Big Daddy”: the new Eagle launch, 1982

From the launch of new Eagle in March 1982, here’s a great press photo of Dan Dare, played by artists’ agent Tony Kelleher from the Temple Art Agency, wrestler Big Daddy and the Mekon. Shirley Crabtree Jr., who died in 1997, better known as Big Daddy, was an English professional wrestler with a record-breaking 64Continue reading That Day Dan Dare met wrestler “Big Daddy”: the new Eagle launch, 1982

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“Rok of the Reds” collected – a Roy of the Rovers meets Doomlord styled SF adventure!

BHP Comics have announced a collection of the much-praised Rok of the Reds mini-series, written by 2000AD’s John Wagner and Alan Grant, drawn by Judge Dredd artist Dan Cornwell, withcolours by Abigail Bulmer. Due for release 16th April 2018, Rok of the the Reds is a terrific SF adventure with a football-focused setting. Dangerous intergalacticContinue reading “Rok of the Reds” collected – a Roy of the Rovers meets Doomlord styled SF adventure!

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Creating Comics: a 2000AD Podcast with comics editor and writer Barrie Tomlinson

“It’s real Roy of the Rovers stuff!” has been a cry of football commentators for decades – and the latest episode of the award-winning 2000AD podcast features an interview with author, comics editor and writer Barrie Tomlinson, the man who helped make Roy Race of Melchester Rovers a British institution. With the IPC Youth Group titlesContinue reading Creating Comics: a 2000AD Podcast with comics editor and writer Barrie Tomlinson

Egmont's comic archive arrives at Rebellion. Image: Rebellion

Egmont’s classic comics archive arrives at Rebellion, Roy of the Rovers collections already in the works

The surviving  bound comics volumes and comics art from the Egmont archive has arrived at new owners Rebellion‘s Oxford HQ, another step in the process of seeing some great British girls and boys comics material get back into print. 2000AD‘s owners bought Egmont’s classics comic titles first published by Fleetway Editions and characters earlier thisContinue reading Egmont’s classic comics archive arrives at Rebellion, Roy of the Rovers collections already in the works

Oh, Please, Please Let Shane Oakley draw Doomlord!

Many downthetubes readers will remember Doomlord, Servitor of Nox, who first appeared in a photo strip in the 1980s Eagle. But we’re betting you haven’t seen him recently, unless you lucky enough to pick up a copy of the recently-released Eagle Adventure Special from Hibernia Comics. Well, we’d just like to throw this fantastic studyContinue reading Oh, Please, Please Let Shane Oakley draw Doomlord!