Crucible finally available to read in print!

 Crucible #1 Page 1
Crucible #1 Page 2

Here are two pages of the the first episode of CRUCIBLE, which features in the relaunched STRIP Magazine #1, out this week. Written by me, art by Smuzz, colour by Kris Carter, lettered by the wonderful Jim Campbell.

As readers of this blog know, the story is based on a concept I’ve had in my head for years but I never wanted it to be sold to a company and Smuzz was the artist most connected with it down the years. We almost got it picked up by Marvel’s Epic brand (thanks to Dan Chichester), just to give you an idea of how long this one has been in the works!

This is one of the mag’s creator owned strips, which also included Phil Hester and John McCrea’s Warpaint on that front.

The Magazine should be on sale from today in selected WH Smiths although getting a straight answer out of them has been a struggle causing a bit of disappointment: certainly will be be on sale, I’m told, in the London area today with full roll out tomorrow.

There’s a full list of WH Smiths that will be stocking it on the STRIP blog (

It’s also available to order from any WH Smiths or newsagent in the UK, heading for UK comic ships via Diamond and you can buy it for iPad (

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. 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 “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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