The cover of Captain Britain Weekly Issue 8. Art by Herb Trimpe
Comics writer Michael Carroll presents a fantastic look back at Captain Britain Weekly , which saw the debut of Marvel’s first ongoing UK-originated character – certainly, he was the first to get his own comic.
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.
Hafta say I never took to Captain Britain, despite having lived in Corby, Northants, close to where Alan Davis was brought up. It’s just that the seeming lack of effort in the short step from Captain America to Captain Britain put me off (I say this, but it’s probably sour grapes, as I’d earlier conceived a ‘Commander UK’ character, in cap and mask, whom I’d never pursued enough 😀 – Dave