Backtrack Interview: Frank S. Pepper

Creating Comics: An Archive Interview with Roy of the Rovers co-creator Frank S. Pepper

The Continuing Adventures of Frank S. Pepper This feature offers the full text of an interview Andrew Darlington conducted with the legendary writer Frank S. Pepper, extracted from a long series of correspondence, exactly as it was published in the ‘alternative’ arts-magazine Ludds Mill no.9 in September 1973. Andrew has resisted the temptation of amendingContinue reading Creating Comics: An Archive Interview with Roy of the Rovers co-creator Frank S. Pepper

St Albans Football Club Programme - Saturday 25th April 1992 - cover art by John Gillatt

When Roy of the Rovers sponsored a football club – and a look at football club programmes

Report by Richard Sheaf, with additional reporting by John Freeman A recent social media post by ex-Fleetway editor Barrie Tomlinson alerted me to a 1990s football programme for St. Alban’s City Football Club, featuring cover art by “Billy’s Boots” artist John Gillatt. This is the kind of thing that got me into looking for otherContinue reading When Roy of the Rovers sponsored a football club – and a look at football club programmes

Battle - cover dated 27th August 1983 -SNIP

2019 Treasury of British Comics line-up takes shape, includes “Invasion 1984”, “Deathwish”

There’s been news of more Treasury of British Comics titles from 2000AD publisher Rebellion for 2019 over the past few days, so here’s a run down of what we know they’re releasing so far. Note that in some cases, covers may not be final and in others we’ve featured art or comic covers from theContinue reading 2019 Treasury of British Comics line-up takes shape, includes “Invasion 1984”, “Deathwish”

Super Naturals Adventure Book

British Comics Past: Super Naturals

Super Naturals must surely rank as one of the shortest-lived British comics of all time, with just nine regular issues to its name. In common with the M.A.S.K. and Ring Raiders comics, Super Naturals was based on a series of toys, released in 1986 by Tonka, a company now owned by Transformers makers Hasbro. TheContinue reading British Comics Past: Super Naturals

Darwyn Cooke

Lest We Forget: Comic Creators We Lost in 2016

While there’s been much to celebrate in 2016 when it comes to our industry, we couldn’t let the year pass without noting some of those involved now sadly no longer with us, including one of our very own contributors. So raise a glass or two (alcoholic or otherwise) to these fine folk we lost this year…Continue reading Lest We Forget: Comic Creators We Lost in 2016