Dan Dare is back in a regular comic – in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After a long time off the shelves, publishing company PrintMedia has just relaunched Plavi Vjesnik, which first published the Eagle space hero (and other Eagle strips) in the 1950s.
Plavi Vjesnik (which publisher Ivo Milicevic tells us translates as “Blue Herald”) was first published between 1954 and 1973 by publisher Vjesnik, and was has been revived sporadically since the early 1990’s. Plavi Vjesnik was the first Yugoslavian comic to contain Dan Dare reprints (or Den Deri, Pilot Buducnosti, as he was known), although other titles, such as EKS Almanah, Panorama and ZOV would bring the strip to all parts of the former Yugoslavia.
The new magazine also features reprints of Jeff Hawke, Garth and James Bond alongside humour strips Calvin and Hobbes and Frank Cho’s racy Liberty Meadows.
This new venture joins PrintMedia’s other titles, Strip Magazin – which has just passed its landmark 50th issue – and a Bosnian edition of Metal Hurlant (Heavy Metal).
• A web site for Plavi Vjesnik and Strip Magazine is in development
More about Plavi Vjesnik
• Dan Dare: Safari in Space, recently published by Titan Books, features an article by downthetubes contributor Richard Sheaf on Dan Dare’s many appearances outside the UK
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.