Latest Spaceship Away features Dan Dare cover and poster by Ian Kennedy

A belated plug here for the latest Spaceship Away, Issue 55, the Dan Dare-inspired glossy zine offering new original Dare stories and more.

Spaceship Away 55 - Cover by Ian Kennedy

Delayed in its release due to problems that led to a repeat print run, and work is now firmly in progress on Issue 56, out in Spring 2022.

Inside Issue 55, with a cover featuring Dan Dare’s ship, the Anastasia, by the late Ian Kennedy, also featured as a two-page centre spread, you’ll find the usual mix of strips and features, including the continuation of “Dan Dare – Voyage of the Ankum“, written by John Bailey, adapted by Richard Woods, drawn by William Naylor, with text and editing by Des Shaw, coloured by Martin Baines.

Spaceship Away 55 - Promo Image

Also included is a “Jeff Hawke, The Comet’s Tale”, Part 2, a colourised version of what was a monochrome tale by Sydney Jordan; and “Target: Earth” Episode 6 by Gordon Coombs, with art by Harry Winslade.

Greta Tomlinson portrayed by fellow artist Don Harley, as Professor Peabody, for whom she was the living model

The issue also features a tribute to the late artist and illustrator Greta Tomlinson, who worked on Eagle from the beginning in a draughty lean-to shack in Southport, Lancashire, in 1950.

Spaceship Away was first published in the Autumn of 2003, twelve years after Rod Barzilay, the title’s original editor, took the first steps in a project to create a new Dan Dare story, entitled “The Phoenix Mission“. The story was written by Rod and it was illustrated by Don Harley and Keith Watson, both of whom had worked long before, on the Dan Dare stories in Eagle in the 1950s and 1960s.

Today edited by Des Shaw, Spaceship Away typically, contains newly-written Dan Dare adventure stories, together with other strip-illustrated stories, also in the science fiction genre. Features sometimes include illustrated text-based stories alongside factual articles, such as biographies of of some of the original contributors to the Eagle of the 1950s, such as writer Alan Stranks in this issue and other articles on historical topics, science fiction literature or science.

The title now includes a regular Space News section, bringing readers up to date with space transport and science developments and planned projects in the real world.

Order Spaceship Away on subscription – and back issues, too – from the magazine’s web site here

• Jeff Hawke – www.jeffhawke.com

• Jeff Hawke Club

• Bear Alley – Steve Holland’s profile of artist Harry Winslade

A fantastic piece of detective work about the comic creator, whose credits also included illustrations for the Eagle, “The Brainy B’s” for Zip and the “Battle Brothers” for Express Weekly, as well as working on various boys and girls titles for DC Thomson

Express Weekly: a forgotten treasure? By Lew Stringer

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. 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 “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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