New DCT Heritage Editor Gordon Tait (centre) with former Commando editors George Low and Calum Laird at Dundee University's DCCS, April 2018 (c) Jeremy Briggs

DC Thomson’s Heritage Brands Editor Gordon Tait Talks Buckets, War and Reprints

As the new Heritage Brands Editor at DC Thomson, replacing Kirsten Murray who inaugurated the role, Gordon Tait brings a great depth of knowledge and experience to the position that includes editorship of 104 issues of Commando a year plus the weekly “Broons” and “Oor Wullie” pages in the Sunday Post newspaper and the alternating biannualContinue reading DC Thomson’s Heritage Brands Editor Gordon Tait Talks Buckets, War and Reprints

2000AD Prog 85 - Judge Dredd by Mick McMahon SNIP

Judging a Comic by its Cover: Some Early Favourites

More than anything else, comics sell on their covers, but which ones stick most in your mind in your years of collecting? For me, there are plenty, but here are just a few that caught my attention at an early age, for a number of reasons. Given my love of the British comics I grewContinue reading Judging a Comic by its Cover: Some Early Favourites

TV21 161 - Zero-X by Jim Watson SNIP

In Memoriam: TV Century 21 and Battle Comic Artist Jim Watson

We’re sorry to report the recent passing of comic artist British comic artist Jim Watson, perhaps best known for his work on TV Century 21 during the 1960s and his strips for DC Thomson’s Commando and Warlord, and the Fleetway title, Battle Picture Weekly. Born in the 1930s, Jim, who lived in, Scotland, had been illContinue reading In Memoriam: TV Century 21 and Battle Comic Artist Jim Watson

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In Like Flint… Announcing a Warlord Retrospective Marathon

Over on the Comics UK forum, we love to talk about comics and one of my friends has been enthusing about Fleetway Editions Battle, home to strips such as “Charley’s War” (documented here on downthetubes, a war comic title now owned by Rebellion) and “Johnny Red” – to name but two. In his musings about Battle,Continue reading In Like Flint… Announcing a Warlord Retrospective Marathon

Gordon Livingstone in his garden, with the art that featured in Commando Issue 2786 "Protect or Die", published in August 1994.

Comic Creator Spotlight: The Art of Gordon Livingstone

Artist Gordon Livingstone is another unsung hero of British comics. Born on 17th August 1934, he grew up in the tenements of Lochee, Dundee. As a school leaver, Gordon ended up working as an office boy for a local law firm and would end up drawing rather than doing his job. Fortunately for us, the lawyerContinue reading Comic Creator Spotlight: The Art of Gordon Livingstone