Spaceship Away nears its half century edition

The latest issue of Spaceship Away, Part 49, brings the Eagle-inspired comic zine closer to an impressive half century of issues, with a dramatic image of the “Dan Dare” villain, Xel, on its cover by Keith Watson.

Spaceship Away Part 49

This 40-page issue sees the conclusion of the long-running Dan Dare adventure “Shakedown Cruise” by Tim Booth. Has The Mekon finally been destroyed?

Other strips featured are a new four page complete story, “The Murder Run” by Keith Howard, drawn by William Rudling and coloured by Martin Baines; the conclusion of another strip, “Operation Pintos“; another “Golden Amazon” adventure featuring art by Ron Turner; and a one-page humour strip, “Earthward Bound“.

Spaceship Away Part 49 - Montage

The issue’s main feature is “The Story of My Life” by author David Motton, detailing his childhood, career as editor and writer of many well known comics and strip stories, in Comet, Commando, Dandy, Eagle, Knockout, and more.

Artist and writer Alan Vince, also look back at how he ended up talking and writing about his favourite comic strip artists and writers; and Ray Wright delivers more “Space News“.

Spaceship Away Part 49 – November 2019 – is available direct from the publisher and by subscription – head to for details – or buy it on eBay here

• Back issues of Spaceship Away are also available

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. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek 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.

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