02/03/2009. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
pub: Spaceship Away. Rod Barzilay, 8 Marley Close, Preston, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 6DH, UK. 44 page A4 glossy stock magazines. Price: £ 6.99 (UK), 9.00 euro, £10.00 (overseas). On subscription or wanting to get back issues, buy 6 and the 7th is for free!!!.
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If you've been catching up on the back issues of the magazine 'Spaceship Away' as I've been reviewing them these past few months then you should now be over-joyed to know that the first of this year's three issues has just come out. As you should be able to spot from the cover below, here be monsters.
There's also a lot of great material as well. Dan Dare in 'Green Nemesis' is now aware of the Mekon's involvement in the Sargasso Sea of Space and taking command of his troops.
A younger version of Dare in 'Rocket Pilot' sees him earning his spurs to become chief test pilot. A third story has Dare and Digby at 'The Gates Of Eden' in the Anastasia off to rescue Hank Hogan and Pierre Lafayette who are inside the asteroid and in Treen trouble.
No 'Space Girls' this time as artist Iain McClumpha's computer crashed. Hopefully it was his CPU or motherboard and not specifically his hard drive.
John Freeman and Mike Nicholl's 'Ex Astris' story 'Secret Of Ceres' story is picking up pace as they get inside the asteroid and discover this massive factory building things that you wouldn't find in any catalogue. Then again, there are also labour issues you wouldn't approve of as well.
If you're into space wars then Charles Chilton's 'Journey Into Space's 'Planet Of Fear' is another series that is picking up its pace. It also demonstrates an alien ethic where defensive shielding is higher on the agenda than guns.
'Nick Hazard' is living up to his name and another adventure where force field protection is the name of the game.
I don't normally dwell on the more, shall we say, comic aspects of 'Spaceship Away' but seeing a Muppet interpretation of Dare and Digby on the Mekki Show will get a chuckle from anyone who knows the series and who doesn't?
SF author Stephen Baxter gives a very interesting piece showing how many of the Eagle art stalwarts did work on 'TV21'. Outside of Frank Bellamy, none of them signed their work. It wasn't until 'Look-In' when Mike Noble signed his 'Timeslip' strip that I made the connection to his incredible 'Fireball X-L5' material. If you're of my age then you'll want to get this issue as this issue's centerfold is done by the esteemed Mike Noble and probably his first Dan Dare art. Rod, you really must get an interview done with him. A really under-rated but superb artist.
These are only the highlights. There's enough goodies squeezed into these forty-four pages to keep anyone interested in the golden age of British SF comics enchanted, amused and intent for a couple hours so don't miss out.
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