In Memoriam: Mike Western

Battle - Mike Western PortraitSad news via Steve Holland’s Bear Alley: one of the giants of British comics, Mike Western, has laid down his pen for the last time.

Mike, who suffered a heart attack in 2007 and was laid low by it for several months, died late on Tuesday, 13 May, at the age of 83.

His credits included The Wild Wonders for Valiant, HMS Nightshade and The Sarge for Battle and many, many more fantastic strips.

It’s no secret that Steve Holland was a huge fan of Mike’s work and over the last few months had begun putting together a new edition of The Mike Western Story. Read his tribute in full here.

“I’m sure you’ll all join me in sending his family your best wishes,” Steve writes. “Mike still has a lot of fans and, whether he realised it or not — and I hope he did — he brought a lot of laughter and thrills into our lives through his work.”

For my part, Mike was one of many British comic creator who enthusiastically supported the fanzine Eagle Flies Again edited by downthetubes contributor Ian Wheeler and sent us wonderful notes thanking us for mentioning him.

The fanzine paid a special tribute to him in 2005 and as soon as I can, I’ll post articles from that on the main downthetubes site. Tributes and memories from downthetubes readers would be welcomed: we’ll pass these on to Mike’s family.

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. Mike Western was truly one of the great British comic artists. I hope one day he gets the recognition and accolades he deserves and that perhaps he was denied in life. The sketch of Joe Darkie he did for me is one of my most treasured possesions.


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