The official Website of Dez Skinn, the British Stan Lee and owner of Quality Communications: 35+ years of communicating and innovating, publishing and editing such magazines as Comics International, House of Hammer, Warrior, Starburst, Dr Who Weekly, Jack Kirby Quarterly and much more!

PUBLICATIONS

With decades of history to cover, not to mention items of news, there are additions being made to this site on almost a daily basis. The best way to keep up with latest additions is to check this page on a regular basis. From stapled, typewritten and hand-collated fanzines to 500,000 print run glossies, you’re entering one man’s journey through the intricacies of publishing, printing and a life-long passion for trying to promote sequential art in all its forms. Welcome aboard!


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For music, the 1960s were swinging. But for the nascent era of comics fanzines, it was a time of Banda, Gestetner, Letraset and electronic stencils. Here we’re taking you back to an age before computers, before photocopiers, to the birth of the British comics fanzine and the early works of such industry leaders as Dave Gibbons, Paul Neary. Bryan Talbot and Brian Bolland. Oh, and that Skinn bloke who seems to get in everywhere! Read more…


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The heady days of the ’70s, when comics were cancelled if their weekly sales fell below 250,000. And when “hatch, match & dispatch” was a publishing doctrine to maintain a line of outmoded money-spinners on newsagents’ shelves. Read more…


From MAD to House of Hammer

The bright lights of Soho… Wardour Street, Hammer House and the Columbia-Warner Building, home to MAD, Tarzan and Funny Half Hour. The launchpad for House of Hammer. Read more…


Hammer, Starburst and Monster Club

Out in the cold and going it alone, monopolising the fantasy film magazine market, but too skint to pay rent! Read more…


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Marvel UK Logos

Back in the safety zone of corporate financing. Playing with the big boys’ toys and having a blast! Read more…


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Studio System 1

Independent again, but stretching myself by moving into film promotion and fashion magazines. Read more…


Warrior, Comics International, Marvelman...

Back on the racks, with Warrior, Halls of Horror, Toy Max and Dracula; Marvelman becoming Miracleman and a 16-year stint producing a comics trade magazine. Read more…


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First Wave: Selling colour comicbook versions of Judge Dredd, The Steel Claw and Rogue Trooper to the Americans. Plus the aborted second and third waves (Danger Man, Trigo, Jeff Hawke, Johnny Future and more!). Read more…


Page modified by Dez Skinn on September 4, 2011