Monday, 22 September 2014

1982: BLADE RUNNER ANNUAL (Marvel UK)



The MARVEL UK/ Grandreams BLADE RUNNER movie adaptation annual from 1982, which reprinted the US MARVEL SUPER SPECIAL.  The work was by Archie Goodwin with fantastic art by Al Williamson.  

The same strip was also serialised, but with inferior printing, in copies of RETURN OF THE JEDI weekly (where it replaced, appropriately, THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF INDIANA JONES). 

I just Googled this on Amazon.co.uk to confirm the year of publication (there's no copyright date inside) and the two Marketplace dealers selling copies are listing them for a boggling £2,449.49 and £2,449.50 respectively.  Good luck with that.  I found this copy, at the bottom of a £1 "tat" box at a recent London Film and Comic event.  Based on their ridiculous take-a-punt valuation, this is probably the most valuable MARVEL UK publication ever!

1985: SECRET WARS HOUSE ADS (Marvel UK)







The above is a selection of MARVEL UK House Ads for MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS from 1985.

1992: ALIEN NATION TELEVISION SPECIAL (Malibu/ Adventure)

 


The ALIEN NATION TELEVISION SPECIAL was an Adventure Comics/ Malibu Comics black-and-white bookshelf-format (card covers!) one-shot from 1982 that adapted the unshot resolution to AN's solitary season on the small screen.

The episode, Soul Train, had been written to open the second TV years and wrap-up the numerous dangling plot lines and associated jeopardy from the season one wrap-up.  Unfortunately for Kenneth ("V") Johnson and the show's team, FOX decided to forsake one-hour drama shows in favour of comedy and factual and AN was dumped.

Years later, FOX revisited the would-be franchise with a series of five new TV movies which reunited the cast and behind-the-scenes creative team.  Elements from this script were worked into those movies.  

Thursday, 18 September 2014

2014: SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM

1 April 1978

April 1987

Today is decision day… and whatever the outcome, history will be made.  

So here's two very different, but patriotic, covers to make the occasion.  

1980: WESTERN GUNFIGHTERS SPECIALS (Marvel UK)

Summer 1980

Winter 1980

Summer 1981

Science Fiction was still the hot property in the playground during 1980 and 1981 (fuelled by the release of ESB, MISSION GALACTICA and the belated TV debuts of Battlestar and Buck Rogers), so it's slightly odd that the British Bullpen were so convinced that kids really wanted to read about cowboys.

MARVEL UK even announced a monthly WESTERN GUNFIGHTERS title in 1981… although it never actually launched and the project was quietly dropped.   

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

1988: FLASH GORDON in AMAZING HEROES Magazine


This special issue of 1980s fan magazine AMAZING HEROES (issue 137, 15 March 1988) was devoted to the many facets of FLASH GORDON, including the new DC Comics interpretation (which I posted about here many moons (of Mongo) ago).  

1984: SPIDER-MAN WINTER SPECIAL (Marvel UK)


MARVEL UK'S Winter (or "Christmas" herein) 1984 SPIDER-MAN SPECIAL, published in the album format (square-bound with card covers and colour interiors, albeit not particularly well presented) reprinted the 46th issue of the US WHAT IF book.

1992: DEATH'S HEAD II LAUNCH AD (Marvel UK)


This launch add for the DEATH'S HEAD II limited series, the title that kick-started (in all but name) the GENESIS 1992 line from MARVEL UK, was one of a series of one-page House Ads for the "Big Guns" promotion (a marketing push for edgier/ violent fare such as Cage, Silver Sable, the Punisher and Deathlok).

The campaign obviously worked as the initial DHII series was a massive seller (M-UK went back to print with a silver ink second edition) and kick-started the whole G92 project (none of the characters appear in this series but the back pages contained various House Ads and previews teasing the first wave of titles).

This ad appeared across the US line, this particular one is from (of all places) the one-shot CAPTAIN AMERICA movie adaptation.  

1997: STAR TREK in MARVEL VISION MAGAZINE







This is a 1997 article on MARVEL's roster of STAR TREK titles that appeared in their in-house "fan magazine" MARVEL VISION (issue 20, August 1997).

This was, of course, Marvel's second crack at the franchise following their ill-fated 1980-82 run which dropped out of warp speed after only eighteen issues.

MARVEL VISION was the successor to the long-running (over a decade!) MARVEL AGE MAGAZINE which itself, after a hiatus, replaced FOOM magazine (albeit with much wider distribution).  

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

1989: DEATH'S HEAD HOUSE AD (Marvel UK)


This was a one-page strip-cum-House Ad that appeared across the MARVEL UK range in late 1988/ early 1989.  It was, of course, plugging DEATH'S HEAD's US-format monthly.  
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