Good news for those of you who missed out on Hibernia Comics previous printings of The Tower King, the classic adventure tale from the New Eagle by Alan Hebden and José Ortiz – it’s being reprinted again!
The Tower King tells the tale of Mick Tempest and his struggles to survive in a London plunged into medieval anarchy by the complete loss of electricity. The tale is brilliantly written by Alan, and the artwork by Ortiz is among his best.
Published by Hibernia Books under license from the Dan Dare Corporation, who own rights to many strips from both the original Eagle and the 1980s title, The Tower King is a 76-page plus black and white collection and includes an enthusiastic introduction to the story from comics artist Leigh Gallagher (Defoe).
In association with the DDC, Hibernia have announced that a very small amount of copies are now available on Hibernia’s shop, so if you missed out when it was first released back in 2014 (or reprinted in 2017), get it while you can!
“One of most popular collections we have done here at Hibernia, it certainly is the most requested to be reprinted, and here it is!” notes publisher David McDonald.
Also available are a limited number of copies of Hibernia’s excellent collection of another New Eagle story, The House of Daemon (reviewed here) and the terrific guide to many roads not taken in terms of abandoned British comic projects, Fantastic Adventures (reviewed here).
Coming soon from Hibernia is a collection of “The Angry Planet”, a SF strip by Alan Hebden and Massimo Belardinelli that ran in the short-lived Tornado comic published in 1979. More details will be available soon.
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.