Ready for some more? (And no, the title doesn't refer to CAPTAIN
HURRICANE's 'eppies'!) Here are the covers of more British MARVEL
weeklies from the late 1970s, and early '80s, all from my own collection at the
back of a cupboard. FURY was an odd one, an attempt by Marvel to produce
a comic more in line with the traditional weeklies that were the staple of IPC
and D.C. THOMSON. I no longer remember how many issues it survived
for before being merged with another title, but not many I'd guess.
MARVEL COMIC was the revamped THE MIGHTY WORLD
OF MARVEL, redesigned by editor-in-chief DEZ SKINN to resemble
comics like VALIANT, LION, and a whole host of other weeklies by rival
companies. I'm not quite sure why, because most (if not all) of those comics
had fallen by the wayside by the time this title was unleashed, but the strips
were resized in the same way that the Marvel reprints in WHAM!,
SMASH!, and POW! had been back in the '60s.
I remember buying the new 'first' issue on the way into Glasgow to
see SUPERMAN THE MOVIE (for the second or third time), and me
and a friend each having a fish tea in THE BLUE LAGOON, across from
Glasgow's Central Station. Come to think of it, I also got the SPIDER-
MAN COMIC that same day. (These are my original copies by the
way, not replacements.)
Anyway, in a magnificent display of self-restraint, I'll spare you
further memories of the other comics in this post and let you ponder on
your own personal reminiscences associated with these Marvellous titles.
Why not tell me about them in the cataclysmic comments section?! Speaking
of which, we seem to have lost some of our regulars since I did away with the
'anonymous' option (in order to avoid loads of abuse I was receiving). If only
those former (and welcome) commenters would create a Google account,
then we could all once again enjoy their sparkling words of wit,
wisdom and wonder. How about it, guys?