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5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable guide to the Doctor's comic strip adventures of the 60's & 70's, 6 Oct. 2012
This review is from: The Comic Strip Companion: the Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who in Comics: 1964 - 1979 (Paperback)
Perhaps because comic strips, particularly the ones detailed in this book, have often been viewed as ephemeral, there hasn't been a great deal published in the past about this part of Doctor Who's history.

Paul Scoones' new book more than makes up for that ommission, weighing in at over 600 pages it is an exhaustive account of the Doctor's comic strip adventures, both in TV Comic and later in Countdown and TV Action, as well as the World Distributors annuals, not to mention the Dalek Strips in TV21.

After an introduction that details how TV Comic came to be awarded the rights to produce a Doctor Who strip in the first place, Scoones takes us strip by strip through all the stories produced in TV Comic/Countdown/TV Action, from the Klepton Parasites in 1964 to Size Control in 1979.

After that story, Polystyle Publications who published TV Comic lost the rights for the Doctor Who strip. Marvel UK were in the process of launching a Doctor Who comic, and successfully negotiated the rights away from Polystyle. But that is a whole new story, one which hopefully Scoones will chronicle in a future volume.

Coming back to this book, each story has a brief synopsis, publication date, artist/writer info and general notes which point out any interesting background detail.

After the last Tom Baker story in 1979 is discussed, the book moves on to cover the Doctor's adventures in the 60's and 70's annuals and then the Daleks solo appearances, first in the pages of TV21 and then in their own annuals of the 1970's.

This is primarily a text-based book, although there are eight colour pages in the middle with pictures of various Doctor Who comic strip covers. It would have been nice to have examples of the art under discussion, but the costs of licensing would no doubt have been prohibitive.

The fact that the material under discussion in the book is not currently commercially available means that whilst The Comic Strip Companion is an interesting read in it's own right, it is of more use if you are familiar with the stories discussed.

Hopefully one day the rights will be negotiated to collect the strips and release them in book form as many of them deserve to be appreciated by a wider audience. Notwithstanding this, The Comic Strip Companion is an invaluable guide to the first fifteen years of the Doctor's many and strange adventures in the world of the comic strip.
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Initial post: 12 Oct 2012 15:11:26 BDT
Thanks for your review. I'd also love to see books devoted to 'T.V. Comic' 'Dr.Who' reprints. I still have my collection of the 'Classic Comics' series of the early '90's. Unfortunately, it was cancelled before it had a chance to complete the Hartnell/Troughton stories.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2012 17:43:48 BDT
Yes, I've still got all of the Classic Comics too. It would be good to see the Hartnell/Troughton strips collected in book form. Maybe one day .....

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Oct 2012 10:14:08 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Oct 2012 10:15:02 BDT
If you join the Yahoo Group 'The Doctors Talbot Samba', you will be able to click on a link to 'The Receptacle Savefile Project'. It is full of downloadable scans of 'T.V. Comic' stories, some 'Avengers' but mostly 'Dr.Who'. The last few Hartnells are there, for instance, and all the Troughton 'Quark' and 'Cybermen' stories. There are also compilations from the various 'T.V. Comic' annuals and Holiday Specials.

Posted on 27 Oct 2012 18:35:08 BDT
John Schiltz says:
Would love to see all the Polystyle publication Doctor Who strips
printed in book form - in the same way that Hawk Books published
the Dan Dare collection - exactly as published originally, with NO
COMPUTER COLOURING ! Failing that, have the strips available
on the Doctor Who DVDs. The Radio Times details are interesting ( ! )
but I personally would rather see the strip versions made available
with each Doctor. They have remained unsung for far too long.

Posted on 27 Oct 2012 18:36:05 BDT
John Schiltz says:
Would love to see all the Polystyle publication Doctor Who strips
printed in book form - in the same way that Hawk Books published
the Dan Dare collection - exactly as published originally, with NO
COMPUTER COLOURING ! Failing that, have the strips available
on the Doctor Who DVDs. The Radio Times details are interesting ( ! )
but I personally would rather see the strip versions made available
with each Doctor. They have remained unsung for far too long.
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