Thursday, February 27, 2014

Return of The Tower King


Compared to the massive amount of classic American comics material reprinted in recent years, fans of UK comics are poorly served. The 120 plus year history of British comics is gradually being forgotten (or worse, never discovered) by new generations due to some publishers having no interest in reprinting their old material. 

However, thanks to independent outfits such as Hibernia Comics, some material is being brought to a new audience. (They did a Doomlord collection several years ago, and have published books on the history of selected comics.) With an arrangement with the Dan Dare Corporation who now own much of the Eagle material, Hibernia Comics have this week released a collection of The Tower King. This serial of a post-apocalyptic Britain plunged back into a mediaeval style scenario was written by Alan Hebden and drawn by José Ortiz and was one of the highlights of the new Eagle when it launched in 1982.


Top quality artwork, as you can see from the samples here. I'll be reviewing the 76 page collection in a week or two, but if you want to grab your own copy head over to the Hibernia Comics shop here:
http://www.comicsy.co.uk/hibernia/store/products/the-tower-king/

5 comments:

Kris Shaw said...

Wow! Keep 'em coming, Lou! I was unaware of this one but will definitely buy it in the not too distant future.

mj said...

I missed this completely at the time, thanks Lew, its going on the list.

Richard Williams said...

Thanks for the post Lew, my order is already in! I've bought stuff from Hibernia before (the Valiant edition) & it was great, well worth the money!I missed the Revamped Eagle when it came out so this strip is completely new to me but I'm glad these strips are being made available again, the more the merrier!!!

Lew Stringer said...

Agreed. Their publications are all excellent.

Karlos said...

Nice stuff, and here's hoping this leads to more reprints of some of the 80s Eagle strips - I'd love to see some more Ortiz, like THE FIFTH HORSEMAN, for example, or THE FISTS OF DANNY PYKE, which had some lovely John Burns artwork.

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