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Spaceship Away 23

1/04/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

Buy Spaceship Away Part 23 Spring 2011 in the USA - or Buy Spaceship Away Part 23 Spring 2011 in the UK

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Spaceship Away Part 23 Spring 2011. pub: Spaceship Away. Rod Barzilay, 8 Marley Close, Preston, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 6DH, UK. 52 page A4 glossy stock magazines. Price: GBP 7.50 (UK), please check website for foreign rates. On subscription or wanting to get back issues, 3 for GBP 20.

check out website: http://spaceshipaway.org.uk

I received the twenty-third issue of ‘Spaceship Away’ shortly before the deadline. Please note a slight rise in price and a new editor, Des Shaw, as he settles in. The blend this time has comicstrip stories and more text material.



Tim Booth’s ‘Parsecular Tales’ has moved on to episode three and Dan Dare has a brief appearance in a build-up that I’m not quite sure where its leading yet although the Treens appear to be involved.

More sinister is Charles Chilton’s ‘Shadow Over Britain’ where Jet Morgan and his crew arrive back on Earth to find the Earth’s population has disappeared. The empty scenes are up there with something like ‘The Outer Limits’ with only a light to show the way and is captivating.

The ‘Garth’ story, ‘Bubble Man’, reaches its conclusion and demonstrates that as immortal as Astra might be, she can still be hurt and it is up to Garth to save the day at the end. I should point out that ‘Garth’ is now back in the ‘The Mirror’ reprinting some more of Frank Bellamy’s stories but they are in black and white and this one is in colour.

The second ‘Dan Dare’ story, ‘Pre-Emptive Strike’ by John Freeman and Mike Nicoll has Dare and Digby crashland on the Moon after being struck by alien spaceships, whom we discover have been told by that nice Mekon of human terrorism. Quite where this will lead should have some interesting consequences. Metaphors away.

Of the various articles there is an examination of Frank Hampton’s final ‘Dare’ story, ‘The Phantom Fleet’ where he was ordered to cut it short, a look at the choice of Formby Sands for the Interplanet Space Fleet headquarters and the most insightful interview with scriptwriter David Motton. With the latter, this gives great insight into jobbing scriptwriters that any of you people thinking of budding out in the direction should read if you think you can write to demand.

A different blend of material this time which should keep you guessing as to what happens next. A lot of these stories are build-ups which makes it different to say too much without going spoiler. Dan Dare is an icon of British comicbooks and it’s great to see his legacy is still going strong into the new decade.

GF Willmetts

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