Comic Book Hero



Barrie Tomlinson tells behind-the-scenes tales from his days as editor of some of Britain’s most famous comics.

In Comic Book Hero, Barrie tells how Tiger became one of the most popular sporting comics and how the top celebrities of the day queued up to be part of the Tiger scene. The star writers for Tiger read like a who’s who of sport: Trevor Francis, Gordon Banks. Tony Greig, Geoffrey Boycott, Mike Channon, Jackie Charlton, Charlie Nicholas, Ian Botham, Malcolm Macdonald and showbiz stars such as Ernie Wise and Paul Daniels.

There are stories about editing Scream comic and the trouble it caused. How Speed sped on to the scene and disappeared equally fast. How Barrie’s big ambition to relaunch Eagle was fulfilled and how photo-stories caused some problems. How he took Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles to almost a million copies per issue and how he didn’t manage it with Toxic Crusaders!

All the comics’ editorial stories are in the new book, plus the author’s work on annuals and specials and his 22-year stint producing the six-days-a-week Scorer football strip for the Daily Mirror. It’s a book packed with photographs and nostalgia!

Comic Book Hero is the perfect present for dad or grandad, for collectors and nostalgia fans, or anyone who is interested in the history of children’s comics:

  • In the 1960s, 70s and 80s, children’s comics were a massive part of a young person’s life. Comic Book Hero tells the inside story of how Barrie Tomlinson built up a successful boys’ publishing group at IPC Magazines – now the stuff of legend among nostalgic and modern-day fans of the UK comic scene and its surrounding culture.
  • Barrie started on Tiger comic as a subeditor, went on to be editor and eventually became head of the Boys’ Sport and Adventure Department, in which capacity he launched Roy of the Rovers comic, the new Eagle, Scream, Speed, Wildcat, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles and Toxic Crusaders.
  • The book tells about the Geoff Boycott, Big Daddy and Suzie Dando annuals he produced, and the 22 years he spent writing the daily Scorer picture-strip for the Daily Mirror. Barrie also reveals his dealing with the top stars in sport and showbusiness as they joined Tiger, to make the title one of the most famous comics in Britain.

Click here to read a sample chapter or for more information on Comic Book Hero.