Thunder comic appeal from 2000AD

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2000AD publisher Rebellion – which now owns a large number of comic brands and characters previously published by Fleetway – has appealed for help to find physical copies of the short-lived boys adventure comic Thunder.

In online appeals, Rebellion say they are trying to plug a gap in their recently acquired archive.

Published in October 1970, Thunder and its characters such as Adam Eterno and Steel Commando are now owned by Rebellion (and yes, that is the daftest free gift we've ever seen to be used to launch a boys' adventure comic).

Published in October 1970, Thunder and its characters such as Adam Eterno and Steel Commando are now owned by Rebellion (and yes, that is the daftest free gift we’ve ever seen to be used to launch a boys’ adventure comic).

Thunder was a classic “Hatch, Match and Dispatch” weekly comic that lasted just 22 issues from 1970 to 1971, before merging into Lion.

(“Hatch, Match and Dispatch” refers to a title comic publishers hoped would help boost the sales of another title by attracting new readers to a fresh title on the news stand, who would then hopefully buy the surviving title it merged with, to follow the adventures of characters that survived the move to a new home).

Artist Chris Weston's take on the Thunder comic character "Black Max", commissioned for the Someone Old, Someone New blog back in 2011. Black Max © Rebellion

Artist Chris Weston’s take on the Thunder comic character “Black Max”, commissioned for the Someone Old, Someone New blog back in 2011. Black Max © Rebellion

While short lived, Thunder‘s line up includes the grungy time-travelling hero Adam Eterno – a character surely deserving revival – and the adventures of World War One villain Black Max and his giant killer bats. (No – seriously!)

Adam Eterno © Rebellion

Adam Eterno © Rebellion

To complete their archive Rebellion are looking for the issues of Thunder from #1 (17th October 1970) through to the end of December 1970.

If you’ve got these squirrelled away in your attic or collection please do let them know on press@2000adonline.com or please share this post and spread the word!

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. 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 “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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