Garth in Colour for Spaceship Away: Exclusive Sneek Peek!

"Bubble Man" re-mastered for Spaceship Away by John Ridgway

“Bubble Man” re-mastered for Spaceship Away by John Ridgway

Spaceship Away, the British science fiction comic anthology publishing all-new adventures of the original Dan Dare, adds Daily Mirror action hero Garth to its line up next issue.

First published in 1943, Garth’s time-travelling adventures lasted for over 50 years and covered 167 stories: the character has recently been revived online by the Mirror in partnership with comics artist Huw-J (read our interview with Huw here)

Featuring a range of time travel, contemporary and space adventures, Spaceship Away‘s initial re-presentation of the character begins with “The Bubble Man”, drawn by the late Frank Bellamy and lovingly coloured by Commando and 2000AD artist John Ridgway.

First published in late 1975, the adventure sees Garth captured by a Mekon-like alien hellbent on conquest. The story, contrary to our earlier research, has never been reprinted widely in English and certainly never in colour: John has done a stunning job, with full respect for Frank Bellamy’s detailed, crisp line work.

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Frank Bellamy Newspaper Work List

• Garth © 2009 The Daily Mirror

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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2 replies

  1. Nice colour work by John but the printed version won’t be resized and squashed like that will it?

  2. No, I had some problems converting the images from PDF – the old pixel ratio aspect conundrum in Photoshop. Thought the final version was ok but obviously not!

    I’ll re do this later today. My apologies to Rod, John and the team for this.

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