Gibbs Ivory Castle Arrow Issue 1 SNIP

Clean Living! How Britain’s “Arrow” comic helped promote healthy teeth in the 1960s

I recently came across copies of a 1960s promotional comic, Gibbs Ivory Castle Arrow, which had a roster of creators that’s as impressive as regular comics of the period such as Eagle – including Captain Pugwash creator John Ryan and John Michael Burns. Gibbs Ivory Castle Arrow – called simply Arrow in its editorial – ranContinue reading Clean Living! How Britain’s “Arrow” comic helped promote healthy teeth in the 1960s

The October 1952 edition of the the ABC Film Review featured this "Dan Dare" strip by his co-creator, Frank Hampson

Celebrating “ABC Film Review”, Boys Adventure Blog spotlights the Dan Dare and other comic strips the magazine published

  When news that the last ever ABC cinema has closed reached the ears of downthetubes writer Richard Sheaf, he began a series of features on its inhouse magazine, ABC Film Review, over on the Boys Adventure Blog, spotlighting some of the comic strips that ran in the monthly magazine. BBC News reported earlier this month howContinue reading Celebrating “ABC Film Review”, Boys Adventure Blog spotlights the Dan Dare and other comic strips the magazine published

The first issue of Boy's World

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

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. Here, Roger recalls trouble at the top for ‘The Management”, the debut of Boys’ World – andContinue reading Eagle Daze: The Life and Times of Leonard James Matthews – Part Seven

Basil Brush, drawn by Dick Millington

Basil Brush “Full Fox on Tour” prompts TV Comic memories

(Updated 5/6/15): Basil Brush – star of TV, stage and TV Comic – is out and about over the summer months in the UK with his “Full on Fox Tour”, taking in towns across the country from Newport on Saturday to Ipswich on 22nd November. Basil Brush has celebrated over 50 years in entertainment and The Basil Brush Show onContinue reading Basil Brush “Full Fox on Tour” prompts TV Comic memories

John Ryan exhibition in Rye

For anyone venturing to the south east corner of England there’s an exhibition of Captain Pugwash creator John Ryan‘s work at Rye Art Gallery until mid February 2012. John Ryan, the author, illustrator and animator, who died in 2009 in his home town of Rye aged 88, created Captain Pugwash, who became much loved onContinue reading John Ryan exhibition in Rye