In Memoriam: Phil Gascoine

Phil Gascoine. Photo: John Freeman
Phil Gascoine. Photo: John Freeman

I’m very sorry to report that artist Phil Gascoine has died after a short illness.

For those of you who knew him the news comes as a terrible shock. He was once chairman of the Society of Strip Illustrators and always a consummate professional.

In the words of his good friend, fellow artist Barrie Mitchell, who I spoke with this morning, “There are not a lot of artists who can turn their hands to anything, but Phil was one of them.”

I am preparing a tribute to Phil for downthetubes and would welcome memories of Phil if you have them.

He was always one of those creators who would mix with all generations and was still working on DC Thomson’s overseas title, Wendy.

He will be much missed by all who knew him or worked with him.

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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