Hancock: The Lad Himself – A Sneak Peek

Here’s a quick look at an early copy of the new graphic novel, Hancock: The Lad Himself by Stephen Walsh and Keith Page today, which I edited this. Here’s a quick flick through of what will be a very limited first edition…

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Hancock: The Lad Himself offers a unique take on the life story of Tony Hancock, one of the UK’s most celebrated comedians, reimagined as a graphic novel.

The fully completed 290-page graphic novel, Hancock: The Lad Himself, created by writer Stephen Walsh and drawn by Keith Page, introduced by author and journalist Louis Barfe, will be published in April 2023, the first edition seeking crowdfunding limited to just 750 copies. It covers the story of the comedian’s rise to stardom, and subsequent decline, retold from a completely unique perspective. 

The anecdotal, slightly stream-of-consciousness narrative allows the graphic novel to hop around the timeline of Hancock’s life. “The Lad Himself” even encounters his own “character” at different times, and uses the opportunity pass comment and interrupt the narrative.

The Hancock in this book has already demanded a look at the script and caught a glimpse of his fate, proving a little infuriated at how his story is told – as those who know and love his work would fully expect. And he’s not having it, he’s not having it at all.

• If you want a copy of Hancock – The Lad Himself you can either back it on Kickstarter, or pre-order here direct from B7 Media

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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