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Lost British Comic Projects: SCOOPS, a Newspaper Comic

In January’s initial downthetubes tribute to the late Ron Smith, pages of original artwork – that had earlier appeared on eBay – were presumed to have been for the artist’s own speculative adventure comic project. This confusion arose from the related paperwork, involving Ron Holland, who – rather than the renowned 2000AD illustrator – wasContinue reading Lost British Comic Projects: SCOOPS, a Newspaper Comic

"Operation Bloodhound" from Battle Action Force - cover dated 8th October 1986

Looking back at Battle Action Force

Many older British comic fans will remember Marvel UK’s Action Force comic, but the team had another home – in issues of IPC’s Battle in the early 1980s. Luke Williams looks back at the stories… By the early 1980s, sales on the war / action title Battle, the first wave in the Pat Mills /Continue reading Looking back at Battle Action Force

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Step aside WWE, here’s Johnny (Cougar, that is)! But could this comics hero make a comeback today?

Long before WWE in its present form and ITV’s Gladiators there was a wrestling star that outfought all his opponents – Johnny Cougar, a Canadian Seminole mat fighter, co-star of the long-running weekly comic Tiger alongside the likes of “Roy of the Rovers”, “Skid Solo” and “Martin’s Marvellous Mini”. But did you know that. briefly, heContinue reading Step aside WWE, here’s Johnny (Cougar, that is)! But could this comics hero make a comeback today?

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Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Nine

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. Moving from the sublime to the ridiculous, Roger recalls howContinue reading Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Nine

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Missing In Action: Marvel UK’s “Zip” anthology 

Marvel UK published a huge number of anthology titles down the years, starting with Mighty World of Marvel in the early 1970s through to Overkill in the 1990s – but one that got away in the company’s final years was Zip, another idea from editor Tim Quinn. Proposed as a weekly anthology comic, mixing humour andContinue reading Missing In Action: Marvel UK’s “Zip” anthology