Catch up on the 2000 AD Thrill-Cast: Barrie Tomlinson

We talk to the editor and writer about his work in the great heyday of 1970s and '80s British comics

9 months ago

Barrie Tomlinson isn't one of the names at the forefront of histories of 2000 AD, but his influence on British comics for 30 years cannot be understated and with the archive of Fleetway/IPC now joining the Galaxy's Greatest Comic at Rebellion it's a great time to hear a different perspective on the seminal period of the 1970s and 1980s.

With his uncanny knack for securing celebrity endorsements which saw him rub shoulders with TV and sporting stars alike, Barrie was probably one of the most successful editors in British comics. Not only did he give the hugely popular Roy of the Rovers his own 300,000-selling title, he also relaunched Eagle, and launched titles such as Scream, Speed, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, Mask, Ring Raiders and many more. He was group editor for 2000 AD and his hands-off approach allowing Steve MacManus and Richard Burton to guide the comic to the great heights of its 1980s heyday.

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In part one, hear us talk to Barrie about his work in comics, his unique approach to marketing, and the rise and rise of Roy Race of Melchester Rovers...

In part two we talk to Barrie about creating a horror comic that’s not *too* scary, reviving Dan Dare for a second time, overseeing the decline of Battle and the rise of 2000 AD, and then going freelance...

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