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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Great News, Pals! ACTION, BUSTER, BATTLE, TAMMY, MISTY... and SMASH! return to the newsstands in 2020!

Cover by Staz Johnson, colours by Quinton Winter.


Battle, Action, Smash!, Tammy & Jinty and more return as 2020 specials from Rebellion!

Publisher announces twelve new specials for 2020, including return of some of the most influential British comics ever!

Legendary comics Battle and Action are back as part of a roster of TWELVE new special titles for 2020 from Rebellion Publishing!

Some of the biggest titles in comic books return, many of them for the first time in decades, as Rebellion lights up newsstands, comic stores, and digital devices from March through to December.

Reviving old favourites while introducing new audiences to the very best of British comics, these new specials include original fresh work from top names such as Garth Ennis (The Boys, Preacher), Ram V (Catwoman), Alex de Campi (Dredd), Rob Williams (Suicide Squad), Dan Lish (Egostrip), VV Glass (Doctor Who), Danijel Žeželj (Luna Park) and many, many more!

From the groundbreaking war stories of Battle to the violent carnage of Action, from home-grown superhero action in Smash! to old school derring-do with The Return of Sexton Blake and classic espionage in Thriller Picture Library , there's something in this line-up for all readers! As if that wasn't enough, then we're heading to the future with a special focusing on Rebellion’s eagerly anticipated release of Evil Genius 2 and kicking off exciting European Cup action with Roy of the Rovers!

There’s also the return of last year’s hit specials – Cor!! Buster, Misty & Scream!, and Tammy & Jinty! – along with a 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special celebrating two decades of Thrill-power under the Rebellion banner!
Cover by Neil Googe, colours by Jim Boswell.

These titles will all be available from all good newsagents and comic book stores.

All the 2020 specials will also be available to pre-order as a special £59.99 subscription bundle from the 2000 AD webshop, which includes 20% off and with an exclusive bagged reproduction of the infamous ‘banned’ issue of Action from October 1976!

Keith Richardson, senior editor at Rebellion Publishing, said: “We’re really excited about our 2020 specials and to be able to put together such an impressive roster of talent has been a real privilege, with plenty more announcements still to come.

“Rebellion owns the world’s biggest archive of English language comics and to say we’re spoilt for choice is an understatement – but we’ve picked out iconic titles to reinvigorate for the 21st Century, alongside some of the best new products Rebellion has to offer. We’re putting these comics back where they belong – back on the newsstand and back in front of new audiences.”

March: Action Special
April: Cor!! Buster Easter Special
May: Smash! Special
June: Roy of the Rovers Euro 2020 Special
June: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special: Twenty Years of Rebellion
July: Tammy and Jinty Special
September: Battle Special
September: Misty and Scream! Special
November: Thriller Picture Library Special
November: The Return of Sexton Blake
December: Misty Presents... Special
Date TBC: Evil Genius 2 Special

It horrified prudes and censors alike – but the ground-breaking Action is back! The 1970s comic they tried to ban returns with the same blend of unbeatable characters and no-holds-barred action – all brought to you by the best talents of today! Featuring the killer shark Hookjaw by Dan Lish, juvenile delinquency in Kids Rule OK by Ram V and Henrick Stahlstrom, frontline German Panzer with Hellman of Hammer Force by Garth Ennis and Mike Dorey, merciless secret agent action with Dredger by Zina Hutton, and the brand new Hell Machine by Henry Flint. Plus, the exclusive edition available from the 2000 AD website will come with a bagged reproduction of the ‘banned’ issue of Action from October 1976!

The biggest and brightest humour comic in Britain is back for another 48-page special! A smash hit with kids, the Cor!! Buster Easter Special brings together two of Britain’s most beloved humour comics for 48 pages of belly laughs and silly japes from some of the best creators around, including Lew Stringer and John Freeman on Buster and Delbert, Sweeny Toddler and Gah! by Tom Paterson, Grimly Feendish by Ned Hartley and Tom Paterson, Frankie Stein by Cavan Scott and Steve Mannion, Daisy Jones' Locket by Olivia Hicks and Shelli Paroline, Birdman and Chicken by Edward Whatley, Swines of Anarchy by Lee Langford and Pye Parr, Faceache by Matt Smith and John Lucas, Gums by Lizzie Boyle and Abigail Ryder, Deadly Hedley by Paul Goodenough and Rositsa Vangelova, Kid Kong by Alec Worley and Tiernen Travallion, and Duck Turpin by Robin Etherington and David Follett.

They’re the home-grown superheroes who gave Superman and Spider-Man a run for their money – and now their back in the Smash! Special! Featuring some of the most original and unusual caped crusaders you’ll ever encounter, this 64-page special features super-villain-turned-hero The Spider by Rob Williams and John McCrea, supercharged secret agent The Steel Claw by Danijel Žeželj, the ‘missing link’ who became the man of the future Johnny Future by Tom Raney, giant robot ape Mytek the Mighty by Suyi Davies Okungbowa and Anand Radhakrishnan, and many more!

It’s going to be an incredible summer of football with the European Championships and the Roy of the Rovers Euro 2020 Special will bring you excitement on and off the pitch. Featuring the talents of the Roy of the Rovers creative team – Rob Williams, Lisa Henke and Tom Palmer – this 48-page special kicks off this June!

2020 marks two decades since Rebellion stepped in to save the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic. The 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special celebrates 20 Years of Rebellion with a specially-curated look at 2000 AD during the tenure of its longest-serving owners and longest-serving editor; featuring some of the best talents of the past 20 years, this 48-page special celebrates the evolution of 2000 AD since its namesake year with comics and features about Britain’s biggest and best comic!

Tammy and Jinty return for two feature-length stories from modern creators in a new 48-page comic, continuing the work of last year’s hit special! Tammy and Jinty were ground-breaking female-led comics covered that everything from science fiction and fantasy to romance and domestic drama. Now retooled for the 21st Century, the Tammy and Jinty Special pays tribute to this legacy of trail-blazing comics while introducing a new audience to the medium!

It was the comic than inspired a generation and introduced readers to some of the reality of war – Battle is back and it’s bigger than ever! This 96-page special features the returns of Rat Pack, Destroyer, El Mestizo, and more of your favourite characters – direct from the comic book front lines! Inspired by the classic comic and ground-breaking characters, creators such as Garth Ennis, Alex De Campi, Alan Hebden, Brent McKee, Keith Burns, Rob Williams, and more bring you stories of war inspired by real events but with the flair and excitement that made Battle the innovative comic it was!

Following the success of last year’s fright-filled outing, the Misty and Scream! Special returns this Hallowe'en! Two of Britain’s best loved comics reunite for an anthology of brand new tales that are guaranteed to terrify and entertain you – courtesy of a coven of creators, including Kek-W, Simon Coleby, Vincenzo Riccardi, Cavan Scott, Alec Worley, DaNi, and many more!

Thriller Picture Library was the pocket book series packed with thrilling tales of danger and adventure, which delighted audiences for more than a decade in the mid-20th Century, establishing the careers of D. C. Eyles, Mike Hubbard, Eric Parker and Septimus E. Scott. With a brand new cover by VV Glass, this 128-page special includes two classic John Steel adventures from the 1960s, drawn by Luis Bermejo (Eerie, Vampirella) and coloured for modern audiences!

He’s the world’s greatest detective and now one of the most popular fictional characters of all time, Sexton Blake, is back! Part Sherlock Holmes, part action hero, Blake was created by Harry Blyth in 1893
and his instant success saw him become the subject of countless novels, comics, radio, and TV, making him one of the last century’s most popular characters. Featuring a guide to his adventures alongside just some of his timeless comic book adventures, The Return of Sexton Blake is a 96-page collection that will reintroduce the master of mystery and suspense!

Christmas is the perfect time for a ghost story and this year’s Misty Presents... special will bring a few seasonal scares with a 48-page special that will shock your Xmas stocking off the wall and have you cowering under the tree with your presents! Prepare yourselves for a Yuletide shocker as M.R. James meets Black Mirror in a brand new title to round out a very special year!

Evil Genius 2: World Domination is coming to Steam in 2020 in a fully-fledged sequel to the 2004 classic PC game – and, like all the best villains, now that we have you captive we’re going to reveal the inner workings of our fiendish plans in a 64-page special! In this spy-fi lair builder you take control of an Evil Genius, with your aim nothing less than taking over the world and the Evil Genius 2 Special will take you behind-the-scenes on this long-awaited sequel!

You can pre-order the specials bundle which includes a facsimile reprint of the banned 1976 issue of Action at this link:


Peter Gray said...

look forward to your work in the Cor!! Buster... glad its coming back hope it could be twice a year...Christmas special has well has Easter...
Also Smash special sounds good too...hope they include a few humour pages...

Its interesting they are sticking to Cor!! and Buister.. not other humour titles...Whoopee..Whizzer and chips etc..

Lew Stringer said...

Yes, Whizzer and Chips is the one many people remember so I'd have thought they might try that... but the Buster Special did well last year so it's worth bringing it back for a second edition.

Steve Maslin said...

Smash and Steel Claw is returning - amazing. I can hardly wait. And 11 other specials. Rebellion are spoiling us!

Anonymous said...

Reprints or new stories?

Lew Stringer said...

The information is right there in the article.

Sam B. said...

So much for the UK comic industry being dead! LOL!

Lew Stringer said...

Yes Sam. The usual critics have all gone quiet now. Funny that.

SID said...

Oh bloomin' 'eck! Another 60 quid I've got to fork out. ;)

Paul Mcscotty said...

Brilliant news Lew thanks for posting will get most of these but especially excited to see Smash back and Cor,Buster . Rebellion really have done us all proud.

Lew Stringer said...

Yes, exciting news indeed for readers and contributors!

David Barber said...

Brilliant news. I totally enjoyed reading the reprints of The Leopard From Lime Street and Death Wish recently thanks to Rebellion.

Sabreman64 said...

Maybe it's just my nostaglia talking but I don't think the revivals of decades-old comics are usually a patch on the original strips. I didn't enjoy the recent new Thirteenth Floor stories half as much as I enjoyed the original '80s stories.

Lew Stringer said...

Sometimes it doesn't work if the new creators have no previous experience in crafting humour, horror, or whatever but I thought the Thirteenth Floor Special was suitably quirky and bizarre and wrapped up the series very well.

Anonymous said...

As far as weekly comics go the uk comic industry is dead. A few occasional specials do not an industry make. However if this leads to a resuscitation it doesn't mean it wasn't dead at the time the usual critics said it was. Nice try.

Lew Stringer said...

Well... there's more to a comics industry than *weekly* comics. Weeklies died out a long time ago, for the most part. Why not be enthusiastic for the comics that are around, instead of having such a cynical negative attitude? And why hide your identity? If you stand by what you say, have the guts to put your name to it.

Anonymous said...

Id love if there was a vibrant uk comics industry but theres not. You said recently how thin work is and how few chances there is at the moment so thats not a good sign. Im for being positive but also realistic. A few one off specials next years good but wont solve anything. Just because theres bread in the shops tomorrow doesnt mean others were wrong when they pointed out there wasnt any last week so what Rebellions doing now doesnt contradict the situation a while back. You admit weekly comics died years ago so you and the usual critics arent that far apart.

I comment here regular with a username but went anon to avoid any ill feeling if you dont like what I say. You can get a bit sarky when that happens. All the best.

Lew Stringer said...

Dear Anonymous,
I'm not publishing any more of your comments. I asked you to post under your real name and you've refused and tried to post another comment anonymously. My blog, my rules.

Gareth said...

What is "Anonymous" talking about? No one mentioned weekly comics until he did!

Lew Stringer said...

I guess he was attempting what's known as a straw man argument, Gareth. In another comment, which I haven't posted, he argued that the current comic scene isn't "vibrant". Again, no one had said it was.

Anonymous said...

You didn't ask me to put my name to it (suggested may be) you asked me why I didnt and I explained. Why have anon option then complain when its used. I mentioned weekly comics because thats what usual critics meant when they said industry was dead or dying so I thought it worth saying so no straw man argument from me. Never said anyone said current comic scene was vibrant I just said it wasnt. Your dishonest labeling of my unpublished comment has lost you a fan. No more from me either anon or with username. Others will rumble you eventually.

Lew Stringer said...

Well, Anon, I've allowed your comments through so everyone can see your techniques for themselves. Straw man arguments which, when dismissed, lead to attempts at trouble-making. As for being "dishonest", your claim that you're a fan who usually posts here under his real name is so bogus.

Your cowardly attempts to take this thread off tangent just to try and demean the industry and make false accusations about me aren't going to work. The anonymous block is on again. Off you trot.

Lew Stringer said...

As for weekly comics, that frequency hasn't been the norm since last Century, so any attempt to use it in an argument to pour cold water on the current scene is over 20 years out of date!

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