A new item destined for the Classic UK Comics Zines archive thanks to downthetubes contributor Richard Sheaf is a rare edition of the one-shot fanzine published in October 1969, Ultima Thule, thanks to its original editor, artist and Dan Dare fan Andrew Skilleter, today best known, perhaps, for his Doctor Who art.
Devoted to Dan Dare and the Eagle, edited by Andrew Skilleter and ECK Mackenzie, the zine features original covers by Ron Embleton and Frank Hampson – plus a nice page from Steve Moore (friend of Alan) of “Spock”. It also includes an interview with Dan Dare artist Keith Watson.
The re-presentation comes thanks to Andrew, after I spotted an advertisement for Ultima Thule included in a selection of pages from another early British zine, Fantasy Advertiser #29 on social media. Richard volunteered that he owned a copy of this rare zine and, with Andrew’s permission, has scanned it for the Classic UK Comics Zines archive curated by David Hathaway-Price.
Opening with an “Ultima Thule Prelude” editorial on Frank Hampson, Ron Embleton and Dan Dare and thanking Steve Moore, Marcus Morris, Keith Watson, Frank Humphris and Stan Nicholls, the zine includes “Dead or Alive”, a “Riders Of The Range” feature, a Dan Dare in Eagle checklist feature with Des Shaw (today, editor of Spaceship Away), “Dan Dare revisited” – Frank Hampson, Eagle and Dan Dare retrospective feature with Des Shaw art, “Frank Hampson Team” feature with profiles, “Keith Watson Interview” with extensive art (Eagle, Dan Dare).
Art -wise, treats include a one Page strip by a young Andrew Skilleter, “Kargaz”, homaging Frank Hampson, a four page strip by ECK MacKenzie titled “The Liberator”, a Ron Embleton “Self-portrait” art, Steve Moore “Spock – A Tribute To Star Trek The Best TV Series Ever Made” art – and art from Frank Hampson’s unpublished “Peter Rock” strip, a projected newspaper strip – an image recently exhibited at The Atkinson in Stockport.
• Keep an eye on The Classic Comic Zines web site for a digital re-presentation of Ultima Thule, which should be live some time today, Monday 13th May 2019.Zines are not featured unless with the permission of their original editors
With thanks to David Hathaway-Price, Richard Sheaf and Andrew Skilleter
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.