goldtiger roars!

this fau x-’60s stri p looks like a must for ken retro­nauts

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Re­bel­lion is break­ing old habits by pub­lish­ing two new graphic nov­els that – in a first for the Ox­ford-based com­pany – aren’t re­lated to their flag­ship ti­tle, 2000 AD.

Goldtiger may well be the best ’60s comic you’ve never read. That’s be­cause it’s not from the ’60s at all. The brain­child of Guy Adams and Jimmy Brox­ton, Goldtiger be­gan life as a Kick­starter-funded project back in 2013, but its retro look and feel is daz­zlingly au­then­tic. It’s de­scribed as be­ing like a mix­ture of Mod­esty Blaise and The Amaz­ing Ad­ven­tures of Kava­lier & Clay. Sounds groovy to us.

Re­bel­lion’s Mike Molcher says, “With in­cred­i­ble ve­rac­ity and a feel for the pe­riod, Adams and Brox­ton un­cover the touch­ing story of the creators be­hind the ’60s most sur­pris­ing se­cret agents. This vol­ume col­lects to­gether an archive of ‘be­hind the scenes’ ma­te­rial of the strip that never was – let­ters, scripts, in­ter­views, sketches – all doc­u­ment­ing the creation of the strip and the out­landish lives of its creators and their un­be­liev­able brush with 2000 AD.” Un­be­liev­able is right, but this looks like an en­ter­tain­ing and beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated ven­ture from the pub­lisher.

Also com­ing soon is a new edi­tion of Scar­let Traces, Ian Edg­in­ton and D’Is­raeli’s steam­punk saga. The se­ries posits a world where hu­man­ity has re­verse en­gi­neered the tech­nol­ogy left be­hind dur­ing the Mar­tian in­va­sion in HG Wells’ War Of The Worlds. Orig­i­nally pub­lished on­line, it was later se­ri­alised by Dark Horse, and is now be­ing pub­lished in a new edi­tion, with ad­di­tional sto­ries.

“‘Is Scar­let Traces go­ing to be reprinted?’ and ‘Is there go­ing to be another se­ries?’ are the two ques­tions we’re al­ways asked when we do sign­ings and con­ven­tions,” says Edg­in­ton. “It pleases me no end to say that I can now give hearty ‘yes!’ to both.”

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