Comic Book Hero Competition Winners!

Comic Book Hero: Working with Britain's Picture Strip Legends

Recently released by Pitch Publishing, Comic Book Hero by former comics editor Barrie Tomlinson is a joyful romp through the history of British boys comics – encompassing New Eagle, Speed, Wildcats and more.

You can read reviews by John Freeman here and Ian Wheeler here.

We had two copies to give away, and the lucky winners, chosen at random by our stand-in hat snuffler were Alan Watson and Glen Worrell.

Downthetubes Competition Snuffler

The answers to the questions Barrie himself posed were:

  • In what year did Barrie Tomlinson first work on comics? The answer? 1961.
  • Doug Maxted illustrated which story that Barrie wrote for many years? Answer: “The Hard Man
  • The “Death Wish” story Barrie wrote appeared in Eagle, Tiger and which other title? Answer: Speed

Congratulations to the winners! Look out for more challenges on downthetubes soon.

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Comic Book Hero: Working with Britain’s Picture-Strip Legends
By: Barrie Tomlinson
Price: £14.99
Out: Now
ISBN: 9781785313240
Format: Hardback
Pages: 224

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Read Barrie Tomlinson’s article “Comic Book Hero: Looking back on a time when celebrities courted comics, not the other way round!”

Read John Freeman’s review of Comic Book Hero

Read Ian Wheeler’s review of Comic Book Hero

Read Ian Wheeler’s review of Barrie Tomlinson’s Real Roy of the Rovers Stuff

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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