The Edinburgh News has a piece by Liam Rudden on one of the models for the 1970s editions of Jackie, who went on to be a teacher and is now retried. The item comes with Jackie: The Musical now on tour – it’s currently on in Brighton…
Millions of girls swooned over Ian Deacon in the 1970s. The retired teacher, a familiar face to pupils and parents at a number of Capital primary schools, has a secret, you see.Before embarking on his teaching career at Sighthill Primary in 1973, he was cover model for Jackie, the iconic girls’ magazine that no 70s teenager worth their flares would be without.
Memories of his modelling days came flooding back when it was announced Jackie: The Musical would be touring to The King’s.
“The Jackie thing seems to recur every five years ,for some reason or other,” he laughs, “but then I suppose the magazine was such a big thing for women of a certain age, it is now a treasured memory.”
• Read the full story by Liam Rudden: Retired Edinburgh teacher’s secret life as a 70’s Jackie model – Edinburgh Evening News
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.