Saturday, 23 May 2015
WELCOME TO MY WORLD - IT'S MIGHTY...
The first Annual to spring from weekly comic The MIGHTY
WORLD Of MARVEL was simply titled MARVEL, and was issued
in 1972 (for '73). The next three books in the series were likewise so
christened, following the pattern established by the first one. It seems
the initial choice of name for the weekly had been The WONDERFUL
WORLD Of MARVEL, but this was eventually changed to 'Mighty' -
although a feature in the Annual for '73 used the original description.
I suppose the final moniker was still in a state of indecision when the
first book was being prepared, hence it plumping for the simple,
single sobriquet to avoid confusing readers.
With the 1977 Annual (released in '76), its parentage was finally
acknowledged, leaving potential buyers in no doubt as to the book's
affiliation to the weekly periodical. What took them so long? For no
other reason than that it's good to see them, here are the covers to the
first three books to bear the name of the comic they sprang from. My
own view is that the comics and books were both Mighty and
Wonderful, but that would've made the logo too long.
Do you remember what your first Marvel Annual was? Leave
a comment and share your reminiscence with the rest of us.
Posted by Kid at Saturday, May 23, 2015