Here’s a sneak peek at the covers of the second issue of their eight-issue limited series written by Garth Ennis and drawn by Keith Burns, which launches on 4th November (see news story).
Titan also sneaked out some preview art from Johnny Red #1 a while back via Diamond Previews, but I missed it, so I’ve included those pages here now.
Legendary British comic artist Ian Kennedy – best known today for his covers for Commando but whose credits a huge range of comic titles from Eagle and 2000AD to girls comic Emma – should need no introduction to most downthetubes readers.
Ian’s 60 year plus career encompasses some of the best loved characters and comics published in Britain. To this day, he remains the undisputed master of aviation depictions, from his pioneering days on Air Ace and Thriller Picture Library through to Battle Picture Weekly and Warlord, his work has thrilled great-grandparents and their offspring, right through to today’s kids who still regularly see the semi-reti red octogenarian’s artwork emblazoned across the covers of DC Thomson’s Commando title.
I’m really looking forward to this limited series – not just because it’s Johnny Red – one of Battle‘s major characters – but because if it’s a success, I hope it will see other Egmont-owned characters get a revival. I’m rooting for “Dredger” by Andy Diggle, personally.
“Johnny Red” featured weekly in Battle comic and we can confirm, after talking to Titan Books this morning that, contrary to online data, the next collection – Johnny Red: Flying Gun – is now scheduled to go on sale in comic shops next year, on 3rd February 2016.
This collection features a continuation of Titan’s publication of the original strips written by Tom Tully, and will be the first collection to feature art by John Cooper from the classic war comic, featuring some of the finest air-combat strip ever created in Britain.
Here’s a reminder of the announced issues of Titan’s Johnny Red Limited Series so far and detail on Johnny Red: Flying Gun…
JOHNNY RED #1
Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Keith Burns
Legendary British fighter ace, Johnny “Red” Redburn, returns once more as the commander of the Falcons, a Russian fighter squadron battling the Nazis in the skies over Stalingrad. But dogfighting Messerschmitts is about to become the least of his troubles when the NVKD, the notorious Soviet secret police, come calling! (STK686614)
PAGE REGULAR COVER — 32pgs, FC (1 of 8) $3.99
EZQUERRA SUBSCRIPTION COVER — 32pgs, FC $3.99
BLANK SKETCH COVER — 32pgs, FC $3.99
On Sale 4th November 2015
JOHNNY RED #2
Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Keith Burns
With the Battle of Stalingrad in full and savage swing, the Russians are throwing everything they have at the Nazis, in an effort to turn the battle’s tide. Caught up in the fighting is Johnny and his squadron of fighter pilots, the legendary Falcons, and the Nightwitches, an all-female unit flying ancient biplanes in a very one-sided war. But for Johnny, the war is about to take a very sudden, and unexpected, twist! (STK689708)
PAGE REGULAR COVER—32pgs, FC (2 of 8) $3.99
KENNEDY SUBSCRIPTION COVER—32pgs, FC $3.99
Johnny Red: Flying Gun
Writer: Tom Tully Artist: John Cooper
On Sale 3rd February 2016
From the pages of classic war comic Battle comes the finest air-combat strip ever created in Britain!
Johnny Redburn has just led Falcon Squadron on a successful mission over Stalingrad. But Major Rastovitch has a new mission for Johnny: to fly an important Russian official to a top-secret conference in England in the incredible “Flying Gun”. The stakes are high and danger never far away…
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.