Long-running football strip Striker’s run in Nuts magazine will come to an end next month, creator Pete Nash reports.
Sadly for Striker fans who have followed the strip from The Sun to its weekly own comic, then back to the daily paper once more and now, Nuts, the magazine has told Pete they haven’t been able to secure a sponsor which means the income is insufficient to cover the artwork and production costs.
Striker, which has been produced as a Computer Generated strip for several years, has previously been sponsored by big brands such as Virgin.
“It simply isn’t viable to continue,” Pete told fans on the official StrikerWorld web forum, revealing the last issue of Nuts featuring Striker will be the one from 5-11 October.
“There will be no big bang ending, just a wrapping up of the current story,” he added, before also noting that this might, finally, be the last hurrah for the strip.
“I am long enough in the tooth to know you should never say never but I don’t see any likelihood of Striker re-emerging elsewhere,” he says. “25 years is a hell of a run and I feel the time to stop, or at least take a substantial break, is probably overdue. I am finally going to concentrate on my other writing projects.”
Despite the bad news for the strip, there is some good news for its fans – the StrikerWorld web site, which is publishing an archive of past strips, is doing well and Intelligence Ltd – its designers and hosts – are committed to keeping the archive and forum going.
“We are going to shoot a promotional video for the archive to host on Youtube,” Pete reports, “so hopefully visitor traffic will improve and the forum will eventually attract more members.”
Striker © Pete Nash
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.