We’re sorry to report the passing of former Fleetway art staffer John Jackson, one of the team behind the relaunch of Eagle in 1982, who died towards the end of June, after a long illness.
John was part of the art department on Eagle, Girl and Boys’ World in the 1960s, later working on Roy of the Rovers and the relaunched Eagle in the 1980s.
“He was an art man on my titles and came to us from a senior position in another group, which I think was the educational group of titles,” former Fleetway Group Editor Barrie Tomlinson told downthetubes. “He worked on Roy of the Rovers and the new Eagle.
“John was a lovely man to work with,” he added. “Quiet and understanding. Nothing seemed to flap him. One of the old school of editorial folk.”
“John was a talented and genuinely decent individual,” added David Hunt, his editor on Eagle. “Extremely reliable and painstaking.
“I remember once calling him ‘Mr Unflappable’ because nothing seemed to phase him. When myself and others were often having tantrums, John would be smiling in the background and his self-effacing attitude on life would often diffuse the most ‘serious’ of situations.”
“Sad news,” notes fellow former Fleetway staffer Tony Bruce. “I worked alongside John during my time as Art Assistant on Roy of the Rovers.”
“He was a thorough professional, who did his job quietly and without any fuss,” said Ian Vosper, his editor on Roy of the Rovers. “He was such an easy man to get on with, reliable in the extreme.”
Our sympathies to John’s family and friends at this time.
With thanks to Barrie Tomlinson and David McDonald for help with this item
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. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 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.