It’s the start of ‘classic heroes’ month on Strip!, the fab radio show and podcast presented by Alex Fitch. This week, Alex is talking to two of the creators of stories featuring Britain’s very own superhero – Captain Britain.
First in front of the microphone is Alan Davis, the artist and writer of the strip who first drew the square-jawed hero in the 1980s for Marvel UK, and. together with help from writers Dave Thorpe, Alan Moore and Jamie Delano, rescued the character from oblivion with esoteric storylines, a great supporting cast and a terrific new costume.
Alex also talks to author Paul Cornell about his recent revamp of the character in the new Marvel Comic Captain Britain and MI13 which sees the Captain get a 21st Century make-over while encountering such nefarious characters as Count Dracula and Gordon Brown!
Later, Alex talks to Paul about dramatising Iain M Banks’ novella The State of the Art for the afternoon play which is broadcast later today on Radio 4 (Thursday 5th March), which featuresa cast including such luminaries as Anthony Sher and Patterson Joseph. (More info here on the Radio 4 web site: the play is part of Radio 4’s excellent SF season which includes an adpatation of Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama and John Christopher’s Death of Grass).
• Strip!: Captain Britain by Alan Davis and Paul Cornell airs at 5.00pm on Thursday 5th March, repeated 11.30pm on 8th March on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) and streamed at www.resonancefm.com
• Micro Clear Spot: State of the Art Adaptation airs at
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. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 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.