Thursday, 21 November 2013


Images copyright MARVEL COMICS

Within a year of The MIGHTY WORLD Of MARVEL being
launched in Britain, STEVE DITKO's back-catalogue of SPIDER-
MAN stories had been exhausted, the last of them appearing in SMCW
#32 - released 15 days short of a full 12 months since the first issue of
MWOM had gone on sale on September 30th, 1972.  Had the early
Spider-Man adventures been reprinted in complete instalments,
they'd have been used up far quicker than they were.

Just goes to show that U.K. weekly comics consumed far more
material that their U.S. monthly counterparts.  In fact, I believe that
the Stateside PLANET Of The APES was kept going in later issues
mainly to provide material for the British POTA because it was so
popular, thereby adding to the merry Marvel coffers.

Like its companion title, SMCW by this time was completely
devoid of colour - apart from front and back covers - and had lost
some of the visual appeal that earlier issues had.  Nonetheless, at 40
pages for 5p, it still represented good value for money, and was to
prove the longest-lasting title in the British Marvel stable.

However, a surprise was lurking around the corner.  Maybe
I'll tell you about it in our next Spidey cover gallery post.


Nick Caputo said...


Those two Romita Spider-Man pin-ups may have been drawn especially for Marvel UK. I don't recall seeing them elsewhere.

Kid said...

Perhaps they're utilising a couple of Romita panels from Spidey stories, Nick, that have been turned into pin-ups?

Nick Caputo said...

Always possible, but nothing I recognize.

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