Rare one-shot 1960s Dan Dare zine featuring contributions from Ron Embleton and Frank Hampson, heads to Classic UK Comic Zines digital archive

A new item destined for the Classic UK Comics Zines archive thanks to downthetubes contributor Richard Sheaf is a rare edition of the one-shot fanzine published in October 1969, Ultima Thule, thanks to its original editor, artist and Dan Dare fan Andrew Skilleter, today best known, perhaps, for his Doctor Who art. Devoted to Dan DareContinue reading Rare one-shot 1960s Dan Dare zine featuring contributions from Ron Embleton and Frank Hampson, heads to Classic UK Comic Zines digital archive

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

A 1969 Star Trek Sugar Smacks packet, complete with a picture of all the free badges you might find inside

Re-discovering Vintage Cereal Packets, and how one Star Trek memory still plagues my fuzzy brain

This week’s “Rabbit Hole” mission across the web started with memories of  Letraset’s marvellous “Action Transfers” – specifically, Joe 90 “instant transfers” which if memory serves, I acquired through an offer on the back of a cereal packet… and ended up investigating a half-remembered 1960s Star Trek promotion – and a 1950s Weetabix competition inContinue reading Re-discovering Vintage Cereal Packets, and how one Star Trek memory still plagues my fuzzy brain

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British Comic Heroes: Lion’s “Captain Condor”

Dan Dare, star of Eagle and early 2000AD, whose adventures extend to radio, award-winning adventures and more, is a British comics hero up there with Roy of the Rovers, Judge Dredd, Fungus the Bogeyman, Rupert the Bear and Dennis the Menace, in terms of public awareness beyond comics fandom. But at the height of hisContinue reading British Comic Heroes: Lion’s “Captain Condor”

Joe 90 Volume 4 Blu-Ray Packshot

Final Joe 90 Blu-Ray features all-new comic!

Volume 4 of Network‘s Joe 90 Blu-Ray collections of the Gerry Anderson series features the final six episodes, beautifully remastered in HD, and a brand-new comic featuring art from acclaimed comics artist Paul McCaffrey. The special Blu-Ray also features a brand-new paperback book on the making of Joe 90 by acclaimed archive television historian Andrew Pixley.Continue reading Final Joe 90 Blu-Ray features all-new comic!