Brand Promotion? New Product to plug? Call a comic artist!

Back in 1984, the corn-based snack food KP Outer Spacers was rebranded as KP Alien Spacers – and to promote them, alongside TV ads, 2000AD and Bogey Man artist Robin Smith was hired to draw a series of advertorial comic strips. It’s one of many, many brands promoted using comics (alongside other medium, such asContinue reading Brand Promotion? New Product to plug? Call a comic artist!

Anderson Psi Files Volume 5 Cover

In Review: Judge Anderson – Psi Files Volume 5

The Book: Psi-Division’s toughest judge, Cassandra Anderson, returns to the streets of Mega-City One, having awoken from the coma she fell into following her exposure to the Half-Live virus. But there is no respite for the veteran Psi Judge. City-wide disasters face her at every turn, including everything from a hideous new disease manufactured byContinue reading In Review: Judge Anderson – Psi Files Volume 5

Steve MacManus. Photo: Steve Cook

Steve MacManus, former 2000AD “Mighty One” Talks Unsolicited Submissions

Next month sees the release of The Mighty One from Rebellion, the story of editor Steve MacManus’ time as editor of 2000AD – and we’re really looking forward to reading it here at downthetubes and delighted he’s had time to write a short item on his memories of dealing with unsolicited pitches for our site.  In 1973, aContinue reading Steve MacManus, former 2000AD “Mighty One” Talks Unsolicited Submissions

2000AD Prog 2000 Newsstand Cover by Cliff Robinson

2000AD Prog 2000 – Bolland, McMahon, Gibbons and O’Neill To Return!

Comic book superstars Brian Bolland, Mick McMahon, Dave Gibbons and Kevin O’Neill are set to return to the pages of the legendary 2000AD for its 2000th issue, out later in the year – along with both classic characters such as Nemesis the Warlock, and new ones, too. Europe’s longest running science fiction-oriented action comic reaches itsContinue reading 2000AD Prog 2000 – Bolland, McMahon, Gibbons and O’Neill To Return!

Action Man Issue 1

British Comics Recalled: Tower Magazines “Action Man”

I used to love Action Man as a kid – and John Freeman’s post last week about the toys being sold by Vectis sent me to the back of the cupboard to dig out my copies of the comic so you could see the covers. The first Action Man comic (which lasted only six issues) was publishedContinue reading British Comics Recalled: Tower Magazines “Action Man”