“Sir Nigel” Illustration by Joseph Clement Coll

In Praise of… artist Joseph Clement Coll – a downthetubes journey

One of the things taught Marvel UK’s Editorial Director Paul Neary and others have taught me down the years is to look beyond the work of the current “hot” artist and realise that their influences can help shape others. Paul, for example would often point to the art of Al Williamson for his Inking genius,Continue reading In Praise of… artist Joseph Clement Coll – a downthetubes journey

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Classic UK Comic Zines Site adds rare 1970s conventions booklets to growing archive

British comics archivist, and former Fine Art and Graphic Design teacher David Hathaway-Price has been busy adding some gems of British comic fan history to his incredible Classic UK Comic Zines site, which is now located here. Two additions feature early work by a slew of famous 2000AD contributors, edited by Dez Skinn and NickContinue reading Classic UK Comic Zines Site adds rare 1970s conventions booklets to growing archive

Combat Colin - 30 Yampy Years

Happy 30th Birthday, Combat Colin!

Huge congratulations to longtime British comics creator Lew Stringer this morning, whose much-loved clumsy combat hero Combat Colin celebrates 30 years of publication. The first Combat Colin strip appeared in print in Marvel UK’s Action Force Issue 5, published on 28th March 1987 (cover dated 4th April), and has since featured in numerous publications downContinue reading Happy 30th Birthday, Combat Colin!

The cover of Journey Planet #31 features art for Heroes Unlimited - the Merry Marvel Fanzine #2 by a young Paul Neary

Secrets of Ireland’s first-ever comics fanzine, featuring art by young Paul Neary, revealed

  In December 1966, 50 years ago now, a 15-year-old Irish teenager called Tony Roche did a remarkable thing. He published the first issue of a comics fanzine called The Merry Marvel Fanzine. What was remarkable about this was that this was the first comics ‘zine on this side of the Atlantic. They had already existedContinue reading Secrets of Ireland’s first-ever comics fanzine, featuring art by young Paul Neary, revealed

The House of Hammer Issue 10. Cover by Brian Lewis

House of Hammer Returns?

(Updated 24th February 2016): Titan Comics has announced a partnership with Hammer Films, publishing adaptations of the studio’s classic titles as well as all-new properties. Announced at the comic book retailer conference ComicsPro earlier today, Titan  says the line will launch in time for Hallowe’en of this year. “Hammer is the home of some ofContinue reading House of Hammer Returns?