Skippy the Bush Kangaroo with actor Garry Pankhurst, who played Sonny

Who remembers Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, a TV – and TV Comic – favourite?

Skippy the Bush Kangaroo is one of Australia’s all-time most successful cultural exports. The TV show had a global audience in the early 1970s of more than 300 million – and the character was a star that rivalled Doctor Who and The Avengers in terms of popularity in Britain’s TV Comic for many years. WhileContinue reading Who remembers Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, a TV – and TV Comic – favourite?

John Canning SSI Strips 1980

Words From Beyond: Doctor Who Artist John Canning Part 2 – VNR Interview

Born in London in 1923, John Canning went to the Hornsey College Of Art in Haringey before becoming a military pilot during WWII. After the war he did commercial and advertising work before going freelance in 1948. As a comic strip artist however we can see his work in Swift, Girl, Express Weekly, Lady PenelopeContinue reading Words From Beyond: Doctor Who Artist John Canning Part 2 – VNR Interview

Words From Beyond: Doctor Who Artist John Canning Part 1 – Tardis Interview

Who is the most experienced Doctor Who comic strip artist alive today? Mike Collins, John Ridgway and John Ross are certainly contenders for the honour but in 1976 the answer was much more clear cut – it was TV Comic artist John Canning who had illustrated strips featuring all four of the television Doctors toContinue reading Words From Beyond: Doctor Who Artist John Canning Part 1 – Tardis Interview

Words From Beyond: Old Interviews With Comics Creators

Interviews with comics creators are something that we have run here on downthetubes for many years and we are always thankful to the artists, writers, editors, and production team members for taking the time and effort to answer our questions. We are well aware that for self-employed creators the time they take to answer ourContinue reading Words From Beyond: Old Interviews With Comics Creators

An episode of Star Trek from Joe 90 Top Secret Issue 2. Art by Harry Lindfield.

British Star Trek comics collected at last

Following up on their publication of the Star Trek: The Newspaper Comics in not one but two terrific volumes back in 2012, collecting all of the daily comic strips that ran in various newspapers between 1979 and 1983, we’re delighted to report that IDW Publishing is to release three collections of the Star Trek comic strips published inContinue reading British Star Trek comics collected at last