Artist John Stokes at Gosh Comics in October

John Stokes beautiful cover for the new Marney the Fox collection from Rebellion Publishing

John Stokes beautiful cover for the new Marney the Fox collection from Rebellion Publishing

Comics creator and stage designer John Stokes will at Gosh! Comics in London, in conversation with Broken Frontier’s Editor-in-Chief Andy Oliver, on Friday 6th October to celebrate the release of the wonderful  Marney the Fox from the Treasury of British Comics.

John is perhaps best known for “Fishboy” or for his years of work for IPC (and a long run on “Star Trek for Valiant) and Marvel UK, particularly, for many, his work on “Black Knight” for Hulk Weekly. However it’s still the wonderful adventure strip Marney from Buster where Stokes’ work truly shines.

Marney the Fox - Sample Art

Marney the Fox - Sample Art

Some art from “Marney the Fox”

Marney the Fox is a Lassie style tale of a lone fox up against wicked humans. Equal parts Watership Down and Fantastic Mr Fox, “Marney The Fox” was written by the late M. Scott Goodall and beautifully illustrated by John Stokes. Marney is a young fox trying to survive against the odds, from dodging blood thirsty humans to encountering other wild animals.

This is a beautifully illustrated story capturing the British countryside and wildlife in astonishing detail and is a real showcase of Stokes’ magnificent work. A masterpiece that has lain out of print for decades.

• John will be at Gosh on Friday 6th October 2017 between 7.30 and 9pm. If you can’t make it but would like a signed book, then drop us a line to to arrange a mail order or a reservation. Web:

John Stokes at Gosh - October 2017

Marney the Fox Art



The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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