B7 Comics “Hancock: The Lad Himself” available to pre-order now, read the first chapter here!

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Despite being chosen as a Project We Love by the Kickstarter team, B7 Comics Tony Hancock graphic novel Hancock – The Lad Himself failed to make its crowdfunding funding target – but as belligerent and indefatigable as the legendary comedian who inspired it, they’ve printed and published the first limited edition anyway.

Now available to pre-order from B7 Comics direct Hancock: The Lad Himself by Stephen Walsh and Keith Page offers a unique take on the life story of Tony Hancock, one of the UK’s most celebrated comedians, reimagined as a graphic novel.

The fully completed 290-page graphic novel, introduced by author and journalist Louis Barfe, is officially out next month, the first edition, which has already been printed, limited to just 750 copies. Hancock – The Lad Himself covers the story of the comedian’s rise to stardom, and subsequent decline, retold from a completely unique perspective. 

The anecdotal, slightly stream-of-consciousness narrative allows the graphic novel to hop around the timeline of Hancock’s life. “The Lad Himself” even encounters his own “character” at different times, and uses the opportunity pass comment and interrupt the narrative.

The Hancock in this book has already demanded a look at the script and caught a glimpse of his fate, proving a little infuriated at how his story is told – as those who know and love his work would fully expect. And he’s not having it, he’s not having it at all.

Hancock – The Lad Himself was lettered by Robin Jones, designed by Robert Hammond, and edited by John Freeman.

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Hancock – The Lad Himself: The Creative Team

Stephen Walsh

Stephen Walsh grew up in Dublin, watching grainy broadcasts of comedy and drama from the BBC that somehow wafted across the Irish Sea but would vanish as soon as the weather changed.

Determined to put this extraordinary skill to some use, he has written for film, television and, perhaps most rewardingly, comics (especially the Charlotte Corday series, working with Keith Page).

Artist Keith Page, co-creator of the new Tony Hancock graphic novel, at London Film and Comic Con 2022

Londoner Keith Page first became a fan of Tony Hancock whist watching the original Hancock Half Hour broadcasts as a child. His first published work was in 1976 and he was represented by the Temple Art Agency for many years, working in a wide variety of genres for major comic and book publishers.

He has undertaken long runs of work on Thunderbirds and, latterly, Commando comics and has working on the ongoing Charlotte Corday fantasy/humour series.

Rob Jones, Letter and Writer

Letterer Rob Jones is UK based award-nominated writer and award-winning letterer of comic books. His lettering work can be found in the pages of various books from Image, Humanoids, Heavy Metal, Scout, Behemoth, A Wave Blue World, BHP Comics, DC Thomson, Comichaus, Comicscene, Shift and many many other titles.

Doctor Who Magazine award-winning freelance artist and graphic designer and Robert Hammond designed Hancock: The Lad Himself. He has worked on BBC DVD / Blu-Ray releases and was designer on the ComicScene award-winning, now sold out collection of the Look-In strip, “Robin of Sherwood”, published by Chinbeard Books last year.

Editor John Freeman is the founder of the award-winning web site downthetubes. Working in British comics and magazine publishing for over 30 years, he’s currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, his third tour of duty in the captain’s chair on the Titan Magazines title, he works as a comics editor, game designer, writer, and was Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media. He’s also part of the team behind the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

B7 Comics is a new, exciting publishing division from indie film and audio drama producer B7 Media, offering new comics spanning SF, mystery and adventure in the coming months, kicking off with our all-new graphic novel based on the sci-fi noir story Pilgrim, written by John Freeman with art by Neil Edwards. Blending classic comic storytelling with a modern style, and also looking to spotlight comic gems from around the globe both past and present, B7 Comics will offer a range of series spanning science fiction, action-adventure, spy-fi, steampunk, fantasy and gothic horror.

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