Issue #2 of the “very, very weird” independent British comic The Spencer Nero Club is out now – a series we’re told one reader described as “like Alan Moore writing the Famous Five”.
It’s 1938, and dark secrets lurk beneath Blackabbots School – secrets that can only be unearthed by Oz and Roni (with a little help from Panzer, their pet head in a jar!) But what might these secrets reveal about their idol, 1930s superman Spencer Nero, and his own chequered schooldays? Where does masochistic form teacher Mr. Partially-Denuded fit in? And what does the voice of a prawn sound like? Find out within – but be warned: the power of Proteus floods these pages! You won’t emerge unchanged!
This 28-page US format black-and-white volume is written by Greg Meldrum (Martillo, Gallo, The Psychedelic Journal) and features art by Scott Twells (The Adventures of Punk and Rock, Zarjaz, Dogbreath) and letters / design by Filippo (PARAGON, Blazer, The77).
Regular downthetubes readers will recall Peter Duncan reviewed issue #1, describing it as “an excellent book, funny, well-written and with an artist perfectly suited to the material and very, very weird.”
Well, Greg Meldrum says Issue #2 is even weirder – so check it out here on Comicsy!
If you want a taster of what The Spencer Nero Club is about, then the team have compiled four ‘Spencer Nero’ stories from recent issues of PARAGON comic as a free sampler.
“The harder times get, the more people want to read about the adventures of a Roman-obsessed 1930s pulp hero fighting Nazi leprechauns,” says Greg, tongue firmly in cheek. “Which is why Scott, Filippo and I have slapped these stories together with some all-new intro and recap pages and a brand-new cover, and now present them as a completely free digital download. They are yours to peruse at your leisure.”
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.