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?
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
He’s perhaps best known to British comic fans for his work through the Bardon Press Features office in Barcelona for Fleetway Edtions in the 1960s, first on Super Detective Picture Library Number 172 “Passport to Peril” (an adaptation of the novel, Assignment Helene by Edward S Aarons), drawing episodes of “Spy 13” and “Kit Carson” for the Cowboy Picture Library, among otherContinue reading Comic Creator Spotlight: The Life and Work of Alberto Breccia – Part Two by Ron Tiner
We’re sorry to report the passing of Derek Pierson, who once self deprecatingly described his comics career as “from Hulton’s to IPC Magazines with Fleetway, taking a chunk of the middle”. Aged 77, he had been ill for some time. A backroom staffer and letterer of immense talent, his description of his working life, from what hisContinue reading In Memoriam: Comics Letterer and Designer Derek Pierson
Leonard Matthews, General Managing Editor of Fleetway and the Eagle Group of Comics, was a Creative Visionary… but that, Roger Perry argues in his extensive biography of the man which continues here on downthetubes, is only due to him having utilised the ideas of others. After Matthews’ dalliances with Men Only and other projects, Roger recalls how aContinue reading Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Ten