The complete comic strip adventures of Richard Carpenter’s Robin of Sherwood from Look-In, first published in the 1980s, are to be released in one massive collection by Spiteful Puppet, in partnership with 2000AD publisher Rebellion and Chinbeard Books.
Written by Angus Allan, with art by Mike Noble, with Arthur Ranson and Phil Gascoine, the 288-pages limited edition Robin of Sherwood, The Complete Look-In Comics collection is available to order now only from www.spitefulpuppet.com – and until 31st May 2022, any pre-order will cost £35.
Richard Carpenter’s Robin of Sherwood is often considered the finest version of the Robin Hood legend. A lavish and hugely popular television series that ran from 1984 to 1986, starring Michael Praed, followed by Jason Connery, it was turned into an accompanying comic strip by the bestselling young people’s magazine Look-In.
The weekly title, the “Junior TV Times” of its day, also ran a wealth of interviews, features, and articles, alongside other comic strips, for all the most popular family and children’s commercial television series of the time.
The Robin of Sherwood strips ran for the entirety of three years that the series was broadcast, encompassing a change of actor in the role of Robin Hood; some in colour, some in black and white.
Rebellion, Chinbeard Books and Spiteful Puppet have now collected the entire run of these exquisitely illustrated and action-packed comic strips in Robin of Sherwood, The Complete Look-In Comics – a unique, limited-edition collection, with every page carefully and lovingly restored.
For fans of these artists and writer, this is a snapshot of their work collected together for the first time. For fans of Look-In magazine, it also offers some of those interviews, articles, and features that adorned the pages alongside the comic strip.
The hardback book also features specially written inserts by Robert Hammond (restoration technician and graphic designer), alongside Hooded Man author Andrew Orton, and commissioning editor Barnaby Eaton-Jones.
It also features a foreword essay on the artist Mike Noble (who drew 95 per cent of the strips included), written by noted comic book artist Lee Sullivan – who also provides a brand-new, specially commissioned piece of art, too.
A pre-order target needs to be met before this book goes to print but – exclusively – you can buy this handsome tome for a reduced price of £35 for this two-month period, available now. After that, the price will go up to £45. The publication date is the 31st of May, unless the limited print run target is met – in which case it will be sent out earlier.
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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.