Wednesday, 15 April 2015

CAPTAIN BRITAIN COVER, SPLASH PAGE & IMAGE GALLERY - PART ONE...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

You asked for it!  You pleaded for it!  You demanded it!
But I'm still not going anywhere, so you'll just have to get used to
me being around here on Bloggerland for a long time yet!  However,
don't despair, because here's a post you're bound to like - the first
instalment of a fantastic CAPTAIN BRITAIN cover, splash
page and image gallery to thrill and astound you! 

Just look at the artists on view - BUSCEMA, STERANKO,
LIEBER, and, of course, the late, great HERB TRIMPE, who was
CB's very first artist when Cap made his debut way back in October
of 1976.  Wow!!  A mere kick in the pants off 40 years ago, when 
Herb was yet in his mid-'30s and one of the shining stars in the Merry
MARVEL firmament.  A lot of water has gone under the bridge
since then,  but the good Captain is still around today, some-
thing of which Herb would surely be immensely proud!

So prepare to refresh your magical memories of the long-ago
days of your youth, as we plunge head first into a pulsatin' plethora
of pulse-pounding pictures which you're sure to swoon at.  And if by
some chance you're seeing these awesome images for the very first
time, then I envy you!  You're in for a titanic treat that you won't
soon forget.  But that's enough prattling preamble from me -
wonderment aplenty lies ahead and shouldn't be delayed.

Excelsior!
























25 comments:

Mr Mondo said...

I'd like to believe Stan wrote the personal message for ish 1 - but somehow, it doesn't have his usual vim about it ('well done lads' - doesn't sound very Bullpen-ish)... ~

But, spotters-badge. There's Neil Tennant, yes, him from Pet Shop Boys in the credits in Stan's message

Colin Jones said...

Kid, you've finally got around to the CB cover gallery you've been promising since last Summer but with the splash pages thrown in !! The covers I've seen online before but I haven't seen the other pages since the comic was new. It was all so exciting at the time and CB #1 was the first time I got a Marvel comic from the very first issue - in fact I had every issue of CB. By the way, have a listen to 'Fourthought' on Radio 4 tonight at 8.45 - it's about internet trolls, considering you've been accused of that it might be an interesting listen !

Kid said...

It doesn't sound entirely like Stan, but perhaps his spiel was edited by Neil Tennant to give it a more British ring, in a nod to the title of the mag. Will we ever know? The truth is out there.

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Don't say you're timing me, CJ? If you're interested in reliving your youth, Panini released a five volume set of Captain Britain softcover books (including the later British stuff) a few years ago. Or you could always buy the Marvel Omnibus volume. They'd all look nice next to the Wind in the Willows book you're going to buy.

John Pitt said...

We did ask, plead, beg (with a bowl!) for this series, Col & I, didn't we? And look how we've been rewarded! You have surpassed yourself with this EXCELLENT gallery!
Looking forward to following this series.
THANKS, Kid, - You spoil us!

Kid said...

I think you may have missed what I was jokingly referring to when it came to the asking, pleading and demanding, JP. Never mind, I'll work on my delivery. Glad you're going to enjoy this series.

Paul McScotty -Muir said...

So sad to read that Herb passed away I was never a massicve CB fan but loved Herbs art (especialy on the Hulk of course). Seemingly Tommorrows is publishing a book on Herbs work soon (one I will be buying)

Kid said...

I think I'll be buying that one myself, McScotty. Hope it's got plenty covers and John Severin inked art. Herb was a great visual storyteller, but JS gave his pages something extra special.

Paul McScotty -Muir said...

I was (still am) a big fan of John Severins art and his work with Herb on the Hulk is excellent, I liked Herbs own inking as well but for me JS gave it something special. Herb will always be "the" Hulks main artist.

Kid said...

Funny that, because, much as I liked Herb's art, I still think of Jack Kirby as the Hulk's 'main' artist. The way Hulk looked in issues #2 & 3 was brilliant. Did you ever see the Hulk/Superman team-up, McScotty. Steve Rude drew it and it was excellent.

Paul McScotty -Muir said...

Oh I never saw that I'llneed to look it out - I know what oyu mean re Kirbys Hulk, that was good and I liked his idea of the Hulk as more of a "monster" but Herbs version for me was the first I read (I didn't recall the Odhams reprints despite reading them all at the time) so maybe that had a lot to do with it. Have you seen (in fact yo may have had this on here) the Superman v Hulk CGI clips? on YouTube

there is also a cartoon version which I assume is also spliced together for other cartoons (but good stuff - theres loads of these on Youtube of course)
CGI:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvoWwY64S5w

Cartoon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr0MTPMbXEc

Kid said...

Yes, I did show the Hulk/Superman CGI clips here - brilliant, weren't they? Haven't seen the cartoon version 'though, so I'll follow that link. I DO remember reading the Odhams Hulk reprints at the time, and it still only seems like yesterday.

Dunsade Dave said...

I hadn't realised that Herb Trimpe was Captain Britain's first penciler, but those pages are really nice.

Anyone have any idea who the 'M.Stevens' credited as lettering that Buscema FF page is? The name doesn't ring any bells with me at all.

Kid said...

Mike Stevens lettered a number of Marvel mags back then, DD, but I don't know anything about him. There was a sign artist called Mike Stevens in the '70s & '80s who wrote several books on sign design, and also articles for sign industry mags. Same guy? Maybe - dunno 'though.

Dunsade Dave said...

Thanks for the info, Kid- it was a new name for me!

Kid said...

Nae tother a' ba', DD.

Colin Jones said...

It's a pity the first 2 covers were spoiled by the free gift blurbs. I don't remember the boomerang at all - have you still got yours, Kid ?

Kid said...

I don't think I've still got it, CJ, but it might be reproduced in one of the Panini books (the mask is), so I could always make myself a replacement. It was only cheap cardboard sh*t anyway. I've still got a later version which was given away with a Spidey U.K. mag.

Phil said...

Had it! Drew in it. Colored the black and white pages and cut out the posters. Threw the rest out. Fortunately they never rocketed up in price. Or I would have killed myself now.

Kid said...

I remember buying the Annual (which I've still got) from Woolworth's at the end of '77, and it collected the first 7 CB stories, with the b&w pages coloured in. It's not worth much either. Even if it was 'though, I woudn't part with it (nor my replacement issues, because I gave my originals to a pal).

John Pitt said...

No, I got what you meant all right, but at first, when all we see is the thumbnail - well that's the bit I'm answering!
Don't worry, your delivery's fine!

Kid said...

Ah, good. My stand-up comedy career is still on course.

cerebus660 said...

This was definitely worth the wait, Kid :-)
This brings back memories of how excited I was at the time. A British superhero? From Marvel? I was definitely up for that at the age of 9. I loved the first two issues of Captain Britain ( a colour strip! the FF! Steranko! )and, although I thought the main strip went downhill soon after, I bought every issue.
Thanks for posting. Lovely artwork, great memories, and it's especially poignant after the sad loss of the great Herb Trimpe.

Kid said...

Sadly, it was Herb's recent demise that prompted me to dig through a cupboard and find my CB issues, Cer. I knew that other sites would be paying tribute to Herb and showing all the usual (but great) covers and stuff, so I wanted to feature something that American readers might not be quite so familiar with. I suppose that one good thing about Captain Britain was that he didn't obtain his powers through radiation.

Phil said...

I would also like to mention this is where I read my Steranko and I think they did a better job coloring than in the U.S. comics.

Kid said...

I think they used the original negs that were used for the U.S. comics, Phil. Some of the later U.S. Steranko reprints were recoloured 'though, and they weren't quite so good. (Perhaps that was because of the paper they were printed on.)

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