Here’s a great find by Darryl Lee Ransom, one of the members of the Mighty World of British Comics Facebook group – a smashing action-packed dinosaur-laden strip drawn by Alan Burrows, best known perhaps for his work on Starblazer and EAGLE.
This eye-catching spread was British newspaper the Daily Star’s way of capitalising in the huge interest in the release of the first Jurassic Park film back in June 1993 – a comic strip-led feature you’re sadly unlikely to see today in a world of much diminished editorial budgets.
Frustratingly, the paper itself mis-credits the spread to STIK – aka Bill (StiK) Greenhead, today better known for his animation work, who also drew “The Workers” for the Daily Star, written by Dave King, who’s also better known today for his work in animation.
This feature was one of several items put together by former EAGLE and Tiger editor Barrie Tomlinson, who also produced the paper’s popular “Fizz” supplement.
“That’s a feature I’d totally forgotten about.,” says Barrie “… I did a lot of stuff for the Daily Star.”
Writer and comics events organiser Paul H Birch also reminds us Alan Burrows did quite a bit of work for newspapers at one time, including a series of one page historical strips each on a famous painter, for one of the Sunday broadsheets.
This is some great work from Alan, today an International Man of Mystery rather than comic artist, although we’re happy to report he’s still out there and occasionally dips back into the comics community now and again!
With thanks to Darryl Lee Ransom, Paul H. Birch, Ian Ellery, Bill “STIK” Greenland, Richard Elson and Barrie Tomlinson
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.