Comic artist David Roach has asked for help in a quest to find more art by Mike Hubbard creator for the classic girls comic strip, “Jane Bond”, which ran in Tina and Princess Tina between 1967 and 1970.
With lavish art of Mike Hubbard, the artist of iconic Daily Mirror strip “Jane”, “Jane Bond” is a campy espionage adventure that ran in Tina and Princess Tina between February 1967 and 1970, and later appeared in the 1979 Tammy annual. The strip was also reprinted aboard.
In The Best of Jane Bond, we’re introduced to the Secret Agent, the finest spy on Worldpol’s roster. Armed with her wits, her fists, and an array of futuristic tech, she is our last line of defense against a international criminal underworld.
From fighting a school of super villainesses, to foiling plans to melt to Artic ice caps, to escaping the clutches of a giant mechanical lobster, there’s no shortage of dangerous missions Jane must undertake for Queen and Country!
No specific connection between James Bond and Jane, an agent of “World Pol”, was ever made, but the inference was clear, right down to her use of clever gadgets to sometimes get her out of a jam.
It’s hoped comic art collectors may have other original pages from the strip, and can help make this upcoming collection the best possible, introducing the female secret agent to a whole new audience. So if you can help, please drop us a line and we’ll pass on your information to David.
Hailing from Ireland, Mike Hubbard (2nd April 1902 – 25th June 1976), artist on Jane Bond, started out in the 1930s as a British pulp illustrator, on detective titles like Union Jack. After World War Two, between 1945 and 1959, he drew the newspaper strip “Jane” for the Daily Mirror; followed by and enormous number of strips for Fleetway’s girls comics – “always with an emphasis on pretty girls,” David noted. “I love his work.”
His credits also include “Allan Quartermain”, forRanger and the science fantasy story “Pals” for The Bumper Story Book for Boys.
The Jane Bond collection will follow hot on the heels of the release of A Very British Affair: The Best of Classic Romance Comics by David Roach in February 2023.
Curated by the Eisner-nominated historian and artist, A Very British Affair charts the stratospheric rise of romance comics in postwar Britain with a selection of the greatest romance comics ever printed in the UK. Featuring an eclectic mix of artists from Spain, Italy, and the UK, this collection unearths the sensual art and emotional writing which delighted generations of comics readers.
Featuring over 50 comics stories – many of which have never been reprinted before – this lavish book is a stunning tribute to the often uncredited creators who crafted an industry of love. Roach shines a spotlight on the Spanish and Italian artists who dominated romance, as well as the genre’s forgotten female contributors, like Jenny Butterworth, Pat Tourett and Diane Gabbott. Featuring art by comics icons like Shirley Bellwood (Misty), Jordi Bardia Romero (Axa), Mike Hubbard (Jane), Carlos Ezquerra (Judge Dredd), John M. Burns (James Bond), Trini Tinture (A Spell of Trouble) Jesus Redondo (Kitty Pryde, Nemesis the Warlock) and Ian Gibson (The Ballad of Halo Jones), this is the ultimate celebration of love, loss and lust in postwar Britain.
A Very British Affair: The Best of Classic Romance Comics
by David Roach, Shirley Bellwood, et al.
Out: 2nd February 2023 | Read our news story
Hardcover | 224 Pages
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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.