Another piece of comics promotional material today. Generally, such things tend towards posters, badges and stickers and the like. You know? Stuff that has a fairly clear link back to comics. But in 2011, in order to promote their new ongoing titles Uncanny X-Men and Wolverine and the X-Men, Marvel decided that cardboard drinks coasters … Continue reading Oddities #20191025
Say hello to a new monthly feature here on Rusty Staples... a comprehensive, mostly accurate, although certainly incomplete list of anniversaries of British comic launches, mergers and cancellations! First, some caveats... 1. I'm only noting the "big" anniversaries (25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 60, 70, 75, 80, 90 & 100+ years), otherwise we'd be … Continue reading Hatch, Match & Dispatch – October 2019
"The what timeline?" I imagine that I hear you ask. Wonder no more, chum: those four-letter words that look a bit like they might be the names of Welsh TV stations are the commonly-used shortcuts for The Mighty World of Marvel and Spider-Man Comics Weekly, the first two titles released by the British wing of … Continue reading The MWOM & SMCW Timeline
Having recently featured the first two novels based on Marvel comics -- The Avengers Battle the Earth Wrecker and Captain America: The Great Gold Steal -- I decided it might be interesting to take a look at a few of the other noncomics in my collection. What is a "noncomic"? Well, that's the industry-standard term … Continue reading Noncomics: X-Men – Morlock Madness
Apparently the world is going to end again on Saturday September 23rd, thanks to the mysterious “Planet X” gently smashing into our lovely homeworld. News of that has reminded me of this unusual novel from my collection… The Star Trek: The Next Generation / X-Men crossover novel Planet X by Michael Jan Friedman (Pocket Books, … Continue reading Star Trek / X-Men novel!
Before Marvel UK came into existence, a lot of Marvel comics were reprinted in UK titles published by Power Comics, an imprint of Odham’s Press. The weekly titles were Pow!, Wham!, Terrific, Smash! and Fantastic. Just those five titles, as far as I know, but that was probably because this was back in the days … Continue reading Fantastic Annual 1970