The Carol Day website devoted to the long-running Daily Mail newspaper strip has just been updated with some great new material, including two complete stories, including the last one completed by series creator David Wright.
Also on offer is new original art for sale, additions to the cast section and a near-complete story guide listing the episode numbers corresponding to each story.
“We’ve had a nice response to this wonderful strip so far,” says webmaster Roger Clark who runs Roger Clark Art, “and we really appreciate all the encouragement and words of support we’ve gotten.”
Carol Day ran for over 10 years from 1956 to 1967 in The Daily Mail, garnered a fanatical following, appeared in 22 countries, and then quietly disappeared as if it had never existed. The web site utilizes strips from scrapbooks of the strip.
“We are still missing a bunch of strips,” Roger told downthetubes. “These are 1-99, 639-1048, and 2529-2948. If any downthetubes readers have Carol Day tearsheets they would be willing to sell, trade, rent or lend we’ll work out any arrangement they would like.”
It’s believed a couple of the missing scrapbooks were possibly sold on ebay a few years ago. “We would love to be able to track those down and scan them,” says Roger.
“Our biggest barrier right now for print publication is lack of quality source material,” he admits. “We have a publisher who would like to do it, but the material in the scrapbooks just isn’t good enough to print from. If by some miracle any of your readers have runs of high quality Carol Day material, again we would love to hear from them.”
This story was updated in December 2020 to change links to the final version of the original Carol Day site archived on Wayback Machine
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.