Out-of-print British football comic Roy of the Rovers is to be rebooted by 2000 AD publisher Rebellion. The adventures of Roy Race, a star striker known for his amazing football skills and sense of fair play, first came to print in the 1950s and ended as a weekly comic in 1995. He did continue to feature in Match of the Day magazine until it's cancellation in 2001 and has not been seen since.
Rebellion bought the rights to the character last year and will publish a series of graphic novels and books alongside the 2018/19 football season. The rebooted version will chart the start of the player's career at the fictional Melchester Rovers, but nis new look has yet to be revealed.
Jason Kingsley, Rebellion CEO, said he was "delighted" the character was back "for a new generation of readers", calling him a "fantastic addition" to the company's roster of characters.
Ben Smith, head of books and publishing at Rebellion, said: "There are only a handful of truly iconic characters in British comics, and Roy Race is surely one of them.
"We look forward to bringing Roy to modern audiences in a completely fresh incarnation that honours the extraordinary legacy of the character.
"We will be telling stories that connect with readers both young and old.
"There is a dearth of football-related fiction on the shelves, and we're looking forward to correcting that, whilst giving a classic British comic character a new lease of life in the process."