These days I'm fortunate to be able to put comedy Daleks into my Daft Dimension strips for the official Doctor Who Magazine, although I've been a fan of them all my life. I was just the right age for 'Dalekmania' when I was a child in the 1960s. Look at that happy face in the photo above. That's me in 1965, age 6, excited because I'd just found out I could still get that week's TV Century 21 even while on holiday in Blackpool. The reason I'm proudly showing the back page to the camera is because it featured my favourite comic strip - The Daleks!
I was obsessed with Daleks at that age. Some of my first drawings at school featured Daleks drawn in crayon, and of course I had some of the toys and was in the queue to see the big screen movie version of Doctor Who and the Daleks at my local Ritz cinema. I still remember the excitement of sitting in the stalls and looking up to see those Daleks in full colour for the first time. (Remember this was in the days of black and white television.)
Obviously I wasn't the only one. Far from it! Daleks became a huge cultural phenomenon. For many years, fans of a certain age have hoped those Daleks strips from TV21 would be reprinted... and this week they will be!
Panini UK have put together a new publication collecting all 104 chapters of the 1960s strip written by David Whittaker with art by Richard Jennings and Ron Turner. Pages have been mostly scanned from the original artwork, plus there are bonus features and a new cover by Mike Collins. The Daleks collectors' edition will be out this Wednesday, 11th November, in bookazine format for just £9.99.
It'll be available in WH Smith... but unfortunately it's possible that some branches might be closed due to lockdown. (Mine is currently open but I'm not sure for how long.) However, you can buy it directly from Panini by clicking this link:
To find out more about this exciting special, visit the Down The Tubes blog by clicking on the following link which will take you there: