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In Very Advance Review: Battle Stations by Donne Avenell and Hugo Pratt

Rebellion Publishing have kindly sent us a very Advance Review Copy of Battle Stations by Donne Avenell and Hugo Pratt, the first of a new Treasury of British Comics series re-publishing classic strips from the long-running War Picture Library. Battle Stations is due for release in hardback next February, the series will continue a secondContinue reading In Very Advance Review: Battle Stations by Donne Avenell and Hugo Pratt

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New Fleetway Picture Library collections announced, past publishing secrets revealed

Artist Carlos Pino has unearthed a fascinating letter from longtime Fleetway editor Ted Bensberg, dating the end of originated strips for the original runs of titles such as War and Battle Picture Library – just as further details emerge about Book Palace Books next Fleetway Picture Library Classics titles. The comics had the same format as DCContinue reading New Fleetway Picture Library collections announced, past publishing secrets revealed

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Rebellion launch new oversize Hugo Pratt war comic reprints next year

Fans of Corto Maltese creator and artist Hugo Pratt have welcomed news of Rebellion’s over-sized reprints of his 1960s British war comic work. This should be good news for fans of his work, as good quality editions of the original Picture Library comics can be hard to findContinue reading Rebellion launch new oversize Hugo Pratt war comic reprints next year

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Comic Book Masters: Cover Artist Giorgio De Gaspari

Italian artist Giorgio De Gaspari may be an artist unfamiliar to many downthetubes readers, but throughout the 1960s his cover art thrilled many a young comic reader of British digest titles such as Thriller Picture Library and War Picture Library. De Gaspari’s work was highly innovative, characterised by bold juxtapositions of colour, and dramatic compositionsContinue reading Comic Book Masters: Cover Artist Giorgio De Gaspari

Masters of Comic Book Art: Pino Dell’Orco

downthetubes contributor Colin Noble has a remarkable collection of Picture Library comics and we’ve featured his researches into just how often some classic tales – and covers have been re-used down the years. Here’s another gem, but this one by the brilliant Italian artist Pino Dell’Orco, also has some grounding in historical fact. Published backContinue reading Masters of Comic Book Art: Pino Dell’Orco