New Eagle editor Barrie Tomlinson on the mend

Veteran British comic artist Joh Gillatt with writer and editor Barrie Tomlinson, January 2014. Photo courtesy Barrie Tomlinson

Former British comics editor Barrie Tomlinson (right) with veteran comic artist John Gillatt. Photo courtesy Barrie Tomlinson

We’re pleased to report that former British comics editor Barrie Tomlinson, whose credits include Tiger and New Eagle, is on the mend after his stroke in February and, touched by comments he received via social media, has asked downthetubes to publisher this quick note…

I was very moved to read the kind comments published just after I had my stroke in February of this year.  I am pleased to say that I have made a good recovery and I have just been given the go-ahead to drive again. I’m sure all the nice things people said have helped my recovery.   

I am now taking it easy and I have had to give up editing the local village magazine. I’m sad about this but I’m having a go at designing some greetings cards.  Years ago, I sold a lot of card designs. So it’s a happy return for me.

I’m still keeping in touch with the world of comics.  It’s very rewarding to know there is still so much interest in the comics I produced.  That’s also a boost to getting well!

Best wishes to all…

Barrie Tomlinson

We’re delighted to hear Barrie’s health is improving. He’s been an incredible help to all manner of comics fans keen to know more about the history of British comics and a true friend of this web site. We wish him all the best

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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  1. Wonderful news. More power to you, Barrie!

  2. I missed Your story about Barrie’s illness so this is news to me, but it’s good to hear he’s on the mend. I remember occasionally sitting in Barrie’s office in King’s Reach Tower, shooting the breeze with him, as I lettered Death Wish when Tiger was merged with Eagle. That was one of the great things about my trips down to London in the ’80s – getting to meet the people who had worked on some of the comics I’d read as a kid in the ’60s & ’70s.

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