Comic artist Lew Stringer has another “The Daft Dimension” strip on offer on eBay – and a very rare top quality copy of the Marvel house magazine FOOM No.10, too, containing the first ever appearance of the new X-Men, published in 1975.
On offer is the original artwork for “The Daft Dimension” comic strip that appeared in Panini UK’s Doctor Who Magazine No.497 in 2016, featuring the Twelfth Doctor and Clara.
This is original art, not a print or reproduction, a crazy “What If” strip imagining what instrument the Doctor might have played – if he hadn’t performed with a guitar in this incarnation.
Of interest to Marvel fans will be another item Lew is selling – FOOM issue No.10, published in 1975, the comics news/article magazine published by Marvel Comics. This contains the first appearance of the new X-Men and pre-dates Giant Size X-Men No.1 and X-Men #94, the cover by Dave Cockrum revealing the mutant team for the first time.
“I’m not a grader but I’d say this issue is Very Fine minus (7.5) VF- Key issue based on the Overstreet Grading Guide,” says Lew. “It has had one careful owner (me) and I’ve only read it once, back in 1975, and stored it away from damp and direct sunlight in my studio.
“This edition of FOOM is much sought after due to it featuring the very first appearance of the new X-Men line-up featuring Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler and Colossus before they appeared in Giant-Size X-Men No.1.”
The magazine also contains various articles including ‘Mutation of the Species’, ‘X-Men! X-Me! Read all about ’em!’, ‘Marvel at the Con!’ and ‘Dept of Infoomation’.
A very desirable early Bronze Age Marvel item, the starting auction price reflects its rarity,,similar copies selling for around £1000 or more.
Lew Stringer is a writer and artist of humour comics and has been freelancing in the UK comics industry for almost 40 years. His credits involve work for a range of age groups including Combat Colin for Marvel UK, Tom Thug for Fleetway, “The Pathetic Sharks” for Viz, “Team Toxic” for Toxic Magazine and many more. He’s been published in The Dandy, Oink!, Buster, Sonic the Comic, and numerous other titles. He?s also had a lifelong interest in the history of British comics and has written articles for the BBC website, Comics World magazine and others. Lew currently does “Pup Parade” for The Beano, “The Daft Dimension” for Doctor Who Magazine, and “Sgt Shouty” for The77.
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.