Pitiless war machines committed to universal conquest, the Daleks have terrified and enthralled Doctor Who fans for generations, on screen, in books, and in comics – and now, Panini Comics, publishers of Doctor Who Magazine, are to release not one but two collections of strips featured in the long-running publication.
The first volume of Dalek stories taken from Doctor Who Magazine’s 40 years of award-winning comic strip will be published in October, and the second in December – and the editorial team are currently trying to track down original art from two stories for this follow-up collection.
The first volume will include “The Return of the Daleks” (the back up strip from Doctor Who Weekly Issues 1 – 4); “Abslom Daak – Dalek Killer” (Doctor Who Weekly Issues 17 – 20); “Star Tigers” (Doctor Who Weekly Issues 27 – 30, Doctor Who Monthly Issues 44 – 46); “The Dogs of Doom” (Doctor Who Weekly Issues 27 – 34); “Nemesis of the Daleks” (Doctor Who Magazine Issues 152 – 155); and
“Metamorphosis”, from the Doctor Who Year Book 1993).
(Daleks versus the Martians & The Daleks: Return of the Elders are the two strips that they are still seeking artwork from.)
“For the second volume, there’s a couple of strips we haven’t yet digitised,” editor Ed Hammond tells downthetubes, “and we want to spread the word among art collectors to see if anyone still has the original artwork which we could possibly scan.”
“For the second volume, there’s a couple of strips we haven’t yet digitised and wondered if you might be able to spread the word among art collectors to see if anyone still has the original artwork which we could possibly scan?”
The strips in question are “Daleks Versus the Martians”, from the Doctor Who Spring Special 1996, written by Alan Barnes with art by Lee Sullivan, featuring “Doctor Who” played by Peter Cushing in the feature films; and “The Daleks – Return of the Elders”, first published in Doctor Who Magazine Issues 249-254, written by John Lawrence, with art by Ron Turner.
Alongside these stories, the second volume is expected to include “Bringer of Darkness” (Doctor Who Magazine Summer Special 1993); “Emperor of the Daleks” (DWM Issues 197 – 202); “Fire and Brimstone” (DWM Issues 251 – 255); and “Children of the Revolution” (DWM Issues 312 – 317).
Publisher: Panini Books (1 Oct. 2022)
Paperback: 164 pages
UPDATE: Artist Lee Sullivan has stepped up to the plate, as ever, and is helping Panini fill some art gaps!
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.