Friday, 10 February 2017

SPIDER-MAN COMICS WEEKLY #1 - FORTY-FOURTH ANNIVERSARY...


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

February 10th 1973 was the day SPIDER-MAN COMICS
WEEKLY went on sale (and the secret of FOOM was revealed to
the waiting world).  After sharing the first 19 issues of The MIGHTY
WORLD Of MARVEL, the web-spinner was awarded his own mag,
backed up by The MIGHTY THOR, with ol' Shell-head, The
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN, joining them in issue #50.

Today, Friday, is the 44th anniversary of this collectors' item
classic, so I thought I'd treat you to a selection of covers and images
from SM's very first pulsating periodical in the U.K.  He'd previously
appeared in POW! back in the '60s and then TV21 at the start of the
'70s, but this was the first British weekly that presented full, uncut
adventures in a publication with him as the title star.

So feast your eyes on the pics that follow, and indulge yourself
in warm recollections of when you first laid eyes on them 44 years
ago.  (And dig that dynamic JIM STARLIN illo on the back page.
Terrific stuff, eh?)  Okay, ready for your trip back in time?

Then let's go!



It was exactly one day short of six years since this story had appeared in
FANTASTIC #1.  Nowadays, six years seems like only a fart in the wind
to me, but back then it felt like half a lifetime away.  In fact, considering
I'd not long turned 14 when SMCW #1 appeared, it practically was.



And below is the paper bag mask given away with this first issue.



(This is a slightly revised post of one that was first
  published on Tuesday, February 5th 2013.) 

16 comments:

Paul McScotty Muir said...

I still remember the excitement at hearing Marvel in the UK was bringing out a new weekly featuring Spider-man and Thor and couldn't wait to rush and get it. However, despite this being one of the pivotal comics in my "geeky" life I can't actually recall where I bought it (unlike MWOM and the Avengers weekly for which I have almost total recollection) Strangely my free gift was not in my copy (not a big loss, as you say it was basically a paper bag) and similarly the free gifts were also missing in 2 other Marvel UK books I purchased :the free gifts in my MWOM 1 (although I got a another issue with the gift) and the Savage Sword of Conan monthly Magazine 1 were also not included - as Conan was put aside for me I asked the newsagent about it and he checked his other 4 editions he had and they were also all mising the "free" poster.

One of the few comic regrets I have is giving almost all my early SMCW away to a charity shop back in the early 90s (I still have the first 5) still I am eyeing up purchasing the Ditko Epic collection of those early Spider-man tales (will take up less space as well) oh I forgot to add , 44 years ago.... Aaaaaargh!

Kid said...

Talking about posters, PM, when we moved from this house to another in 1983, I couldn't take my 1975 The Super-Heroes and Savage Sword of Conan posters with me because they were glued to the wall. A year or two later, I was in AKA in the Virginia Galleries and saw a back issue of the weekly SSOC #1 with the poster still inside, so I bought it. When I got home, I discovered it also had The Super-Heroes poster as well, so I was well-pleased. They had obviously never been removed (I could tell by the staples), so the comic must have left the printers like that in 1975. (The posters are up in their original positions on the wall of the very room of the house we moved from in 1983 and returned to in '87.) The point of that story being that some comics had posters, some had none - and some had two. Of course, there's always the possibility that someone stole the posters from the issues in your newsagent's.

The two Epic volumes of Ditko's Spidey are well-worth having - I know 'cos I've got 'em. (Along with the Omnibus volume, the Masterworks editions, the Marvel Tales reprints, etc.)

Yeah, 44 years ago. Astounding, eh?

Paul McScotty Muir said...

I miss AKA and the Virginia Galleries ("A1" is now almost entirely a toy shop) - I suspected my free gift in MWOM issue 1 was probably pilfered ( an iron on transfer was pretty good back then) strangely no one ever nicked those free plastic planes they gave away in the late 70s early 80s!

Kid said...

I haven't been in A1 since last year or the year before. The area doesn't seem so busy these days, what with some other shops (like the model shop) closing. I've got Terrific's Iron Man transfer, plus the MWOM Hulk and Spidey ones.

Phil S said...

I so remember this. I also joined FOOM and a few years ago Steranko signed my envelope, he designed the Hulk cover.

Kid said...

By the time I could afford the 50p, #s 1 & 2 were gone, so #3 was the first (and only) issue I received. I now have a full set - as well as the membership card, poster, and Hulk envelope. (Not signed by Steranko 'though.) You'll no doubt have seen them on the blog.

Steve said...

Hi Kid,Could you help me solve a mystery from my past.I remember having the Ironman tee shirt transfer and I thought that in the next issue
the free gift was a a Spider-Man iron on transfer but I can't find any information about.I hope it wasn't just a dream because I remember it so clearly.

Kid said...

Easy-peasy! There was a Spider-Man iron-on transfer given away with Pow! #2 in 1967, and also in The Mighty World Of Marvel #2 in 1972. (They weren't the same transfer obviously.)

Steve said...

Thanks Kid,it would have been the 67 Pow one I had , great free gifts, I wore them with pride on my white 60,s tee shirts.

Kid said...

Glad to be of assistance, S.

John Pitt said...

Well, shame on me! I was having a bit of a rest from comics when this came out and was blissfully unaware that Marvel had come to the UK and released a couple of titles!
Round about this time, I was buying loads of music papers - Disc, Sounds, Record Mirror, NME & Melody Maker. I wish I had kept all of those too!
I was still buying comics for my brother, e.g. Look-In and Whizzer & Chips, so I don't know how I never spotted them!

Kid said...

Did you start buying them once you knew about them, JP?

John Pitt said...

Well, once I spotted POTA #4, I HAD to get that "for my bother" ( cough! ) and put in a regular order with my music papers. And, of course, this led to Drac Lives, which led to....well, you know how it is! In the latter part of the 70's I would have to try at least one copy of every title and picked up quite a.few from second-hand comic shops in Darlington. I used to really LOVE those shops! I would have gladly worked in one shop in particular for free!! But, alas, we need money to live with!
Anyway, this reignited my passion and throughout the 80's I would collect avidly, both UK and US comics.
But, had to let most of them go in the mid 90's for a mere "Pitt-ance" of their true worth, (sob, sob!) The house was getting overrun, the floorboards were groaning.
But, better to have loved and lost and all that!....

Kid said...

At least you can re-experience them on blogs like this one, JP.

John Pitt said...

...Which is exactly why I love them so much!
:-)

Kid said...

I'm biased - I particularly love THIS one.

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