Stan Lee was the first comic-book creator whose name I knew. I was about six and a half years old when I was given my very first superhero comic... this one: That's The Mighty World of Marvel issue #5, dated November 4, 1972. So a little over forty-six years ago. By some miracle, my copy … Continue reading Stan Lee, 1922 – 2018
Captain America Publisher: Marvel UK Issues: 59 First issue: 25 February 1981 Last issue: 7 April 1982 Absorbed: Marvel Action, Marvel Super Adventure By February 1981, Marvel UK had been running for nine years and had published over thirty different titles, to varying degrees of success (for example, the 1975 weekly edition of The Savage … Continue reading Pocket-Money Comics: Captain America
A good few visitors to this blog have told me they've been attempting to identify the comics from which the letters of the blog's logo were taken. If you're also playing that game, then read no further because I'm about to reveal all the answers... First, the rules: I decided that each letter had to … Continue reading Deciphering the Logo
(Note: This was originally published on the always excellent but sadly-missed 2000AD and Beyond blog) For a few years now I’ve been steadily compiling a list of all the comics (and story-papers) ever published in the UK. The list is nowhere near complete (it currently contains 1,559 different titles: I’m guessing that I’ve passed the … Continue reading Bea: The Rarest Marvel UK Comic?
Free with issue #1 of The Titans (Marvel UK, 25 October 1975), this rather crowded but still gorgeous poster by John Buscema and Joe Sinnott. It's about 400x466mm (15.8x18.4 inches)... I've cleaned up the scan to remove the folds, creases, and thumb-tack holes, and I've punched up the colours a bit! For comparison, the original … Continue reading The Titans #1: Free Poster
Off to see War for the Planet of the Apes tonight, so I thought that today I’d delve into the archives for this little beauty… Whether by chance or design (probably a little of both), Marvel Comics launched their UK reprint of their adaptation of the first Planet of the Apes movie in October 1974, … Continue reading Planet of the Apes #1
Look what I just found: my very first Avengers comic! This is issue 13 of the UK edition of The Avengers, reprinted from #16 of the US edition of The Avengers: Marvel UK had reprinted The Avengers’ first couple of issues in Mighty World of Marvel, so they skipped those issues when they gave the … Continue reading Avengers: The Old Order Changeth!