Iconic Roy of the Rovers artist David Sque returns to draw Melchester’s finest in upcoming Summer Special

The football might be postponed, but Roy of the Rovers is on hand to provide you with all the drama you could possibly need with a superb Summer Special, available from 10th June 2020.

Catch up with characters old and new, starring in new comic strips, read fantastic fiction, and enjoy the return of iconic Roy of the Rovers artist David Sque.

2020 Roy of the Rovers Summer Special Cover

The Summer Special is jam-packed with fab football action – perfect for football fans of all ages. Whether it’s the Melchester team getting to test their skills against the finest teams in Europe, reuniting legends such as Hot-Shot Hamish, Gerry Holloway, Johnny Dexter and keeper Charlie ‘The Cat’ Carter for a special five-a-side tournament, or Roy and Rocky trying to see out lockdown without driving each under up the wall, there’s plenty to cheer thanks to creators such as Tom Palmer (Roy of the Rovers fiction), Rob Williams (2000AD, Doctor Who), Elkys Nova (Tammy & Jinty Special) and David Sque.

The lead strip is a terrific continuation of the ongoing storyline across the Roy of the Rovers graphic novels and fiction, and the back up strip, drawn by Sque, will appeal to older fans, not just Roy of the Rovers readers but for anyone reaching an older playing age and finding the field of play an occasional challenge – and that’s even before social distancing.

No Euros? No worries!

The original Gola launch event in the 1980s. Quite a line-up! Front row, left to right: editor Ian Vosper, writer Tom Tully, artist David Sque. Back row: Group editor Barrie Tomlinson, Roy, Emlyn Hughes, Sir Alf Ramsey. Photo courtesy Barrie Tomlinson
Quite a line-up from the 1980s! Front row, left to right: editor Ian Vosper, writer Tom Tully, artist David Sque. Back row: Group editor Barrie Tomlinson, Roy, Emlyn Hughes, Sir Alf Ramsey. Photo courtesy Barrie Tomlinson

David Sque has been a full time artist, illustrator and painter all his professional life, best known to comics fans for his work on the iconic Roy of the Rovers.

David Sque
David Sque

He has over 30 years experience in all fields of artwork, including landscapes and seascapes, portraits of all types of animals and people, and magazine illustration work, both general and technical.

In addition to Roy of the Rovers, he also worked on the Daily Mirror newspaper strip Scorer, working with former Tiger and Roy of the Rovers editor Barrie Tomlinson.

One of his most recent projects was Preston North End: Rise of the Invincibles, the story of the early days of the club, written by Michael Barrett and published by Invincible Books.

• The 2020 Roy of the Rovers Summer Special is available in stores and online from 10th June. Order your copy now from the ROTR official web shop

• Find David Sque online at www.davidsque.co.uk

Roy of the Rovers Official Site: royoftherovers.com

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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  1. Strange piece of marketing: the cover art shouts 21st-Century (or ‘attempt at’), yet they badge it to appeal to longer-term fans – a kind of visual oxymoron… 🙂

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