Tuesday, 13 May 2014

1978: COLONIAL VIPER BLUEPRINTS (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA)


This is a page, featuring the Colonial Viper from BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, from the 1978 one-shot book/ magazine FAMOUS SPACESHIPS OF FACT AND FANTASY.  

There were similar pages devoted to the Cylon Raider, Moonbase Eagle, X-Wing Fighter, T.I.E Fighter and the TV-era Enterprise and I'll post them here from time-to-time.

The 'ketchup' stain is a design quirk… honest.

Monday, 28 April 2014

1979: STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE ANNUAL (Marvel UK)


This is the only classic-era STAR TREK ANNUAL published by Marvel UK in late 1979 to coincide with the film's Christmas release.  It reprinted Marvel's adaptation of THE MOTION PICTURE, published in the States in MARVEL SUPER SPECIAL and the first three issues of the ongoing Trek monthly.

In the UK, it was serialised in FUTURE TENSE a year later.

The Trek annuals had previously been published by World Distributors who licensed reprints of the notoriously off-message US Gold Key comics.

Marvel UK published one more Trek annual: a companion to their short-lived STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION comic which, like the title that spawned it, took its contents from DC Comics and the licensed Starlog magazines.  

1980 - MARVEL UK SUMMER SPECIALS


This is a MARVEL UK House Ad for their SUMMER SPECIALS from 1980…

WESTERN GUNFIGHTERS was the first of three specials that raided Marvel's infrequently-seen Western back catalogue.  I've posted about these here.

The CAPTAIN BRITAIN SPECIAL drew from some of the later (possibly because they were originally published in black & white) CB solo strips from a few years earlier.  Dez Skinn dusted off a few more for the pages of HULK COMIC.

WARRIOR WOMEN was an unusually edgy entry starring Shanna and others.  Find the cover here.

YOUNG ROMANCE is one of the rarest Marvel Specials of the period and seldom resurfaces in the secondary market.  That's probably because Marvel's usual collectors and readers passed at the time.  It still spawned the similar YOUNG ROMANCE POCKET BOOK.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

STAR TREK UK POWER ADVERT

Apologies for not posting for donkey's ages… a mixture of work and sheer laziness has meant that I've not had a chance to scan a new batch of bits'n'bobs to post here.

I'll try and do more in future.

In the meantime, be sure to browse the previous posts…

And… here's a memorable British TV commercial, produced to encourage the Great British Public to purchase shares in the formally nationalised power generation infrastructure.  There were several but this is the only one with a STAR TREK/ Starlogged connection (that I can recall anyway).  As you'll see, it was filmed on Paramount's STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION sets and utilises stock SFX from the movie series.


Thursday, 9 January 2014

STARLOGGED'S WELCOME TO 2014!

Howdy one-and-all!

Apologies for the lack of updates for the last few weeks.  The traditional pre-Christmas deadline crunch meant that I had to devote my STARLOGGED time to extra hours at work.

Then the Christmas/ New Years period meant my mind - and body - were elsewhere.

And 2014 has seen another spike in work which, once again, is gobbling up my free time.

Usual service will be resumed in the near future.

Take care!

ITEM - REVOLUTIONARY WAR hit the stores this week.  I've got my copy (and the variant cover version too), although I've not had a chance to read it yet, so be sure to seek it out.  The DARK ANGEL one-shot ships next week.

ITEM - It was announced over Christmas that - predictably - STAR WARS comics will be coming home in 2015 when the license moves in-house and shifts from Dark Horse to Disney subsidery the House of Ideas.  No one saw that coming…

ITEM - Brits can go Partwork-crazy at the moment with new launches of a STAR WARS reference work (which looks suspiciously similar to one that appeared a few years ago and will go instantly out-of-date when the new TV shows and movies start to hit), another series of MARVEL HARDBACK GRAPHIC NOVELS (this time themed around characters and teams) and a MARVEL CHESS PIECE collection.  The first issues of all three are out now and discounted to lure in the punters.  There's no sign of a national release for the very promising sounding GERRY ANDERSON hardback graphic novels, reprinting the back catalogue of strip adaptations, yet… which is a shame.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

1992: NIGHT RAVEN: HOUSE OF CARDS House Ad (Marvel UK)

This is a nice, appropriately noir, advert for the second edition of MARVEL UK's revival of NIGHT RAVEN: HOUSE OF CARDS.

The Graphic Novel had already appeared once, with a different cover, to little fanfare a couple of years earlier (a serialised reprint in STRIP was nixed when the anthology was unexpectedly cancelled the issue before the run was due to start) but was dusted off for another edition as part of Paul Neary's attempts to exploit the (minimal) M-UK back catalogue during the GENESIS 92 era.

Either edition is worth grabbing…


1991: DOCTOR WHO SPECIALS COVER GALLERY - PART SEVENTEEN (Marvel UK)

The 1991 DOCTOR WHO WINTER SPECIAL, from MARVEL UK, had a U.N.I.T theme with an inevitable tilt towards the Pertwee era (including a nice new seven-page comic strip, by Dan Abnett and Brian Williamson, pitting the dandy Doc against the Master).

Another nice touch was a cutaway (in the EAGLE, TV CENTURY 21 tradition) of the "Alien" (aka The Whomobile), Pertwee's indulgence as rendered by Lee Sullivan.

Text fiction came courtesy of Abnett and Colin Baker.  Yup, the sixth Doctor tried to make amends for a lack of U.N.I.T action in his truncated run by crafting his own encounter with the Brigadier.

The remaining pages were filled-out with the usual excellent articles readers had, by 1991, come to expect from the magazine.



- To Be Continued - 

1993: DEATH'S HEAD II GOLD HOUSE AD (Marvel UK)

DEATH'S HEAD II GOLD marked Liam Sharp's return to the Mech-Merc after a brief leave of absence, this time as both writer and artist.

DHIIG (phew!) should (AFAIK) have been a new quarterly companion to the ongoing main book, in the spirit of Marvel's Unlimited Books (including Frontier Comics Unlimited).  Unfortunately, it inadvertently became a one-shot as the GENESIS IMPLOSION took hold.

The same artwork graced the cover, complete with enhancements but its nice to see it in all its pre-fiddling glory!


1987: EAGLE JUNE COVER GALLERY

Another dip into the EAGLE archive this week (thanks g23), this time the 1987 issues with a June Cover-date.

Nice bit of synergy on the first one… even if it does feel like a few months too early…





- To Be Continued - 

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

1982: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK MODEL KITS (MPC)

Bored?  Stuck on a backwater swamp world with only an irritating hand puppet for company?

How about passing those long damp evenings, after romping around all day elevating things and confronting your suppressed inner demons, by building this Battle of Hoth (ahh, happy days!) STAR WARS snap-together model kit from MPC.

This stateside advert appeared in US MARVEL COMICS dated February 1982.

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