In Memoriam: Actor David Hedison

I was very sorry to learn of the passing of David Hedison, the American actor probably best known to many for his roles in the James Bond franchise, but for me, as one of the stars of Irwin Allen’s hokey but fun SF adventure show, Voyage to the Bottom of the SeaContinue reading In Memoriam: Actor David Hedison

Phil Comics June 2019 Auction Montage

Phil Comics offers TV21, Tornado and “Curly Wee” rarities in latest eBay auction

There’s another astonishing array of comics and comic-related items on offer in the latest eBay auction from Phil Comics this month: hundreds of vintage comics, annuals, free gifts, holiday specials and more, in 550 odd listings, including some very rare and often much sought after Curly Wee annualsContinue reading Phil Comics offers TV21, Tornado and “Curly Wee” rarities in latest eBay auction

TV21, TV Tornado and Solo Comics Montage

Rebellion confirms ownership of the “TV21” brand

2000AD publisher Rebellion has confirmed to downthetubes that they own the TV21 brand, which suggests they also own TV Tornado and Solo – and, possibly, rights to some non-TV strips published by City Editions in the 1960s.
The information comes as a result of Rebellion’s extensive work establishing the fine detail of property rights following its purchase of the Fleetway titles from both Egmont and TI Media in recent years.Continue reading Rebellion confirms ownership of the “TV21” brand

Countdown and TV Action comics offered by Phil Comics auctioneers

British comics galore and Frankie Stein art, too – in this month’s Phil Comics online auction

There’s some great lots in this latest batch of comics-related auction items from British online comic auctioneers Phil Comics – including a near full set of the 1970s TV-inspired title Countdown and TV ACTION and Frankie Stein art by Robert Nixon. The latest auction includes many US comics alongside early issues of The Beano andContinue reading British comics galore and Frankie Stein art, too – in this month’s Phil Comics online auction

Captain Scarlet Comics Montage

Spectrum is Indestructible: a new Captain Scarlet book will include comic strip guides

Regular readers of downthetubes will recall we reported in 2016 that Chinbeard Books is to publish an unofficial guide to Gerry Anderson’s Captain Scarlet later this year, marking the character’s 50th anniversary since his debut on ITV. Spectrum is Indestructible is the work of journalist, critic and writer Fred McNamara and although unofficial, it doesContinue reading Spectrum is Indestructible: a new Captain Scarlet book will include comic strip guides