Monday, 27 February 2012

MIGHTY MARVEL MEMORIES AND MAGIC...



I can only speculate as
to why, but after launching
their first three weeklies -
The MIGHTY WORLD
Of MARVEL, SPIDER-
MAN COMICS WEEKLY,
and The AVENGERS - as
individual titles over a period
of a few months, MARVEL
U.K. then tried a different ap-
proach.  DRACULA LIVES
and PLANET Of The APES
were both released the same
week - as were their next two
titles, The SUPER-HEROES
and SAVAGE SWORD Of
CONAN.  Perhaps they felt
that two comics would make
more of an  impact than one
on its own.  Who knows?

Marvel U.K.'s next two
new publications, The
TITANS and CAPTAIN
BRITAIN, were released
individually with almost a
year between them, although
with RAMPAGE and The
COMPLETE FANTASTIC
FOUR in 1977, it was back
to two at a time.  (I think that
the next two British Marvel
weeklies released together
were the THOR and X-MEN
titles in early 1983, which
soon merged into one mag -
making it even more like the
Odhams Press POWER
COMIC aptly known as
FANTASTIC from the
late 1960s.)


Anyway, here's a selection of covers from some of the comics
mentioned, simply because they're nice to look at and also bring back
a lot of memories for me.  I'm sure it's the same for you, too - so feel
entirely free to indulge yourself in these images of yesteryear.

6 comments:

CROM! said...

It was unusual to launch two new comics on the same day but I imagine they were trying to dominate the marketplace as quickly as they could. Planet of the Apes was a big success for them I hear?

Kid said...

It lasted 123 issues, so yeah, it was very succesful for over four years. In fact, I hear that Marvel US had to keep the American magazine going just to supply the British weekly with material. Amazing, eh?

baab said...

these were my entry into british reprint world.
Do any of you remember the tv advertising for these items.
I bought them all from number one so I must have seen them advertised on kids tv.
I have vivid memories of one for the TITANS.
Planet of the apes even had the crazy idea of re-drawing ape faces on to characters in other stories to make them ape related...see KILLRAVEN.
I was the older brother so I chose Planet of the Apes and he would but Dracula lives...then swap over.
I still have a lot of these in a box...Sometimes I look through them and find messages and drawings from my childhood.contests entered but never sent..

I never saw the OLDHAM comics before this set of reprints.

Kid said...

The only TV ads for Marvel UK that I remember are the ones for MWOM and SMCW - if I saw any for subsequent comics then I've forgotten.

I do remember seeing one for Odhams' Fantastic back in the '60s 'though.

Dougie said...

For my mum, who was placing the order and actually paying for the comics, I think Dracula Lives was a step too far. Wish I'd got it though.

I remember a relatively high tv profile for The Titans (Pebble Mill at One, maybe?) but not for any of the other titles.

Kid said...

The contents of the first 2 or 3 issues are included in Marvel Firsts: The 1970s Vol 1 - and in full colour!

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