Friday, 16 January 2015

BRITAIN'S 'SMASH!'-ING SUPERHERO - THE TERRIFIC TRI-MAN...



Straight from the SMASH! Annual for 1971 comes TRI-MAN,
Britain's answer to SPIDER-MAN - who, as he had only a short run in
the weekly, was obviously not the answer anyone was looking for.  When
Smash! ditched the MARVEL reprints in early 1969, there were seemingly
numerous complaints, resulting in fictional office boy MIKE (editor GIL 
PAGE) appealing to readers to give the comic's new direction a chance.
However, it would appear that Tri-Man was an attempt to appease those
who missed the U.S. superheroes, and perhaps even the brand-new U.K.
superhero contents of the '71 POW! Annual were also created for
this purpose.  (Although they were never seen again.)

However, all that was yesterday;  for today, let's enjoy RON
TURNER's 5 page action-packed adventure of the titanic teenager!
He may not have been in Spidey's league, but he at least gave it a
try, man!  (Winner of the worst pun of the year award!)  





And here he is on the cover - sporting a different coloured costume
and looking more like a middle-aged man than a teenager

14 comments:

John Pitt said...

Brilliant, Kid! Thanks so much! Really hope it didn't damage your spiine? I was going to say, "Tri gently, but if looks like it would crease it, then don't risk it!" Anyway, really great to see (and download!) these! You've shared so much with me over the years! I really appreciate it!
Did Ron Turner also draw the strips in the weekly as well? If not, can you remember who did without digging them out?

Kid said...

Luckily, the strip is right at the front of the Annual, JP, and not in the middle. Had that been the case, I couldn't have scanned it. If I remember correctly, it was Solano Lopez who drew the strip in the weekly comic. (Can't dig my back issues out anyway - I don't even know which box they're in up in my loft.)

John Pitt said...

P.S. For an even worse pun, - It's good to see a " FAIR " fight!!
:-D

Kid said...

Oh dear - I've hope I've not opened up a 'helter-skelter' of bad puns. Not even in a 'roundabout' way. Otherwise I'll be spending my time trying to 'dodgem'.

John Pitt said...

I liked Lopez's art in Kelly's Eye, so I suspect some atmospheric, gothic strips for Tri-Man in the weeklies! I shall have to search for some images.

Kid said...

No doubt I'll get around to showing the weekly strips on the blog at some stage, JP.

Colin Jones said...

I'm afraid this is another topic of which I have no memory or knowledge so I've been reading your Beano reviews, Kid. Very interesting but in one you lament the lack of snow on Christmas mastheads - I bought the Xmas beano a few weeks ago and that did have snow (maybe not on the outer bag masthead though) but it looked more like cotton wool than snow I thought, far too fluffy looking. Do you know the name of the artist who drew Nick Kelly in the Beezer (or was it the Topper) in the early '70s ?

Kid said...

I believe it was George Martin who drew Send for Kelly in The Topper, CJ. Lovely art, too.

Colin Jones said...

Thanks very much,Kid - the reason I asked is because I saw some artwork recently (on this blog I assume) and recognised it instantly as the same style as Nick kelly who was my favourite character in my pre-Marvel days. I'll have to find out some more about him now.

Kid said...

Nae bother. Wikipedia has a page on him, I think. Or it may be one about The Topper that mentions him. I'm sure there'll be others, too.

John Pitt said...

Bet you knew I'd just have to revisit this post, eh?

Kid said...

And guess what? I was going to link to it in the final Tri-Man episode.

John Pitt said...

You must still link it, Kid, so that all four of Tri-Man's fans can ALL have access to it, as we wouldn't want the other two to miss out, would we?

Kid said...

Don't worry, JP - I will.

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