The latest issue of Jeff Hawke’s Cosmos, Volume 5 Number 2, is now available. Bill Rudling’s mammoth 88-page B&W A4 fanzine with colour covers continues to provide full length reprinted Jeff Hawke stories from the Daily Express newspaper.
The cover features the spaceships from ‘Out Of Touch’ written by Harry Harrison with art, of course, by Sydney Jordan. This 30 page story was originally published in 1957 & 1958 and features an introduction by Sydney as well as a post story commentary by Duncan Lunan. The other two stories featured in this issue are ‘Made In Birmingham’, written by Willie Patterson, which dates from 1965 and takes Jeff Hawke and his friends to the Middle East and ‘The Changeling’, also by Willie Patterson, which was originally published in 1963 and features aliens attempting to kidnap human babies.
The magazine also includes Duncan Lunan’s regular factual astronomy column The Sky Above You, plus comics articles Who Rules Britain? (In The Comics That Is) by Ralph Morton and Part 13 of the regular Space Heroes articles. In this part, Andrew Darlington focuses on the American SF comic strip character, Brick Bradford.
• Cosmos is only available by subscription from The Jeff Hawke Club, 6 The Close, Alwoodley, Leeds LS17 7RD or by e-mailing jeffhawkeATbillybee.plus.com. UK rates are £18.50 for three issues, overseas rates are £28.
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.