Dare you pass through “The Mysterious Doors of Stanley Halls”?

Martin Eden, the creator of the acclaimed independent British comics The O Men, Spandex and Zeros, has just launched a new eight-issue mini-series, set partly in South Norwood, his home town.

Created for a local arts group in South Norwood, London, Martin describes The Mysterious Doors of Stanley Halls as “a thriller/ magic/ sci-fi story about a group of people who get trapped in a famous local building.

“I’ve gone back, a little bit, to my old O Men drawing style, so see what you think!” he enthuses.

“There are also some fun cartoons, such as ‘Captain South Norwood’.”

The first 20-page issue is 16 pages long (plus covers) and the series will be eight issues long.

Martin Eden is also the writer, artist and creator of The O Men, Spandex and Zeros, and is a longtime self-publisher of comics and freelance editor. His ongoing project, Zeros, returned for a second season in early 2021.

You can read the first issue of The Mysterious Doors of Stanley Halls here online

Find out more about the new comic here

• If you’d like a physical copy of The Mysterious Doors of Stanley Halls #1, it’s available from the Stanley Halls/Stanley Arts cafe at 12 South Norwood Hill, London SE25 6AB – totally free!

• Alternatively, if you’d like Martin to send you a physical copy, please just send the price of a stamp (95p for first class, 68p for second class) to his Paypal (martrpeden@yahoo.co.uk). If you’d like to subscribe for eight issues, then please send him the price of eight stamps via Paypal (£7.60 for 1st class, £5.44 for 2nd)

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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