On sale now in 1986: The second issue of the short-lived (but top marks for trying) BEST OF MISTY MONTHLY, reprinting material from the long-defunct weekly.
Thursday, 26 February 2015
From 1980: MARVEL UK boss man (the first time) Paul Neary discusses the (now long forgotten) British strip TIMESMASHER in the pages of MARVEL SUPERHEROES Monthly.
The strip itself appeared in RAMPAGE.
This article appeared in MSH 379, cover-dated November.
From 1992: CAPTAIN BRITAIN rejoins the MARVEL UK ranks (and regains his own title... albeit only for one issue) with this AUTUMN SPECIAL.
The contents are all reprints from MWOM and CB Monthly (but presented here in colour... they were originally published in b&w) but the cover is a brand new piece.
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
From 1980: MARVEL UK's THE UNCANNY X-MEN WINTER SPECIAL.
I've always found the British Bullpen's enthusiasm for running WHAT IF tales in one-shots perplexing. Presumably their appeal rested in their self-contained done-in-one format but, for casual readers, not only were you not getting a true representation of the characters/ continuity but it also relied on a basic knowledge of what had been before to make it work.
From 1983: A MARVEL UK House Ad for that year's WINTER SPECIALS.
The rarest of the bunch is, unsurprisingly, the TOP CAT edition (spun-off from the equally hard-to-find weekly) which I don't think I have seen in-the-flesh.
Despite the AMAZING FRIENDS title (the same masthead the weekly was carrying at the time), there's no sign of Ice Man and Firestar in the Spider-man edition. It's justified by the inclusion of the New Mutants (possibly making their UK debut) instead.
From 1986: an advert for the long-gone London Comic Book emporium COMIC SHOWCASE.
Strange to see this shop described as "London's largest" as I always remembered the unit (located just across-the-road-and-around-the-corner from the current FP Megastore) as being pretty cramped inside.
It did, however, have a good range of back issues. Something of a rarity nowadays as aggressive trade paperback publishing programmes by the publishers, and now digital, have rendered sitting on large back stocks of slow-moving stock all but obsolete (hurrah for Orbital and 30th Century Comics who remain particularly well-stocked).
Showcase latterly moved to Charing Cross Road (just across-the-road-and-around-the-corner from Orbital's home) and a bigger store. Although back issues, except for a few tucked in the seldom-open basement, were now a thing of the past.
It closed down years ago although, for a long time, the store signage remained in place even through the store was now occupied by other tenants.
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
1993: Bring on the clones! Imitation is the surest sign of success and MARVEL UK certainly tried to make the most of the initially perky sales of DEATH'S HEAD II by knocking out several in-house immitators.
Great art on this Summer 1993 House Ad from the US-format books.
1982: Get yer glitter out girlfriend! The winners of the Mighty Marvel Dazzling Make-up contest are proudly announced in the 14th issue of DAZZLER's US book.
From 1984: An IPC House Ad for impending freebie ACTION MAN STICKER ALBUM (plus starter stickers), the tried-and-tested giveaway in the following week's EAGLE and BATTLE ACTION FORCE.
By the time the album came out, my loyalties were aligned to ACTION FORCE (the man's successor) so this seemed something of a throwback. I never collected the stickers... and I've never met anyone else who did.