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Tuesday, 3 February 2015
ROLL UP, ROLL UP! THE TITANS COVER GALLERY - PART ONE...
Images copyright MARVEL COMICS
As part of my constant quest to entertain all you Criv-ites, I now
present the first part of The TITANS cover gallery, which will con-
clude with part six as there were only ever 58 issues published before
it merged with SUPER SPIDER-MAN. The Titans was an interesting
mag, being the same size as MARVEL U.K.'s other weekly periodicals,
but flipped on its side so that the bottom edge became the stapled spine.
This allowed two reduced U.S. pages to be printed side by side, giv-
ing readers almost twice the content of other Marvel weeklies.
It's been said that The Titans was cancelled because it used up
reprint material far too quickly, but Marvel is unlikely not to have
anticipated this in advance. It would've been a simple task to replace
some strips with others when they started catching up with U.S. mags.
Besides, not all strips were presented complete in one issue, some being
cut into two halves, with the second part appearing in the following ish.
Also, some splashes were redrawn to fill the full width of the page, ef-
fectively replacing two reduced U.S. pages, so Marvel certainly
seems to have made allowances for the voracious nature of
what was referred to as the 'landscape' format.
No 1's free gift colour poster
The fact is, had The Titans been the success that was hoped
for, Marvel would've found the material to fill it, as no publisher
ever cancels a hit mag. And besides, they'd changed Spider-Man's
comic into the same format, which they wouldn't have done had they
been concerned about consuming their back-catalogue too rapidly.
The simple fact is that sales gradually dropped off on The Titans
and it was deemed to have gone as far as it could profitably go.
However, it was too good a name to lie dormant, and a few
years later, the title and logo were revived for one of Marvel's
Pocket Books. However, that only lasted for 13 monthly issues,
so the second incarnation, alas, fared no better than the first. No
need to shed too many tears over that sad fact now 'though, as we
eagerly embark on a journey of rediscovery, ravenously revisit-
ing The Titans' first ten of 58 certifiably classic covers.
And remember to come back for Part Two. (You
know how I hate to go anywhere by myself!)
Back cover to #7. 50p? Aren't gifts supposed to be free?