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Monday, 6 July 2015
TV21 - ADVENTURE IN THE 20th CENTURY (MARVEL UNIVERSE)...
Strange as it may seem, many MARVEL fans who bought the ODHAMS POWER COMICS back in the '60s, tend to think that - ALAN CLASS monthly mags aside - Marvel reprints in Britain all but disappeared until The MIGHTY WORLD Of MARVEL was launched in 1972. What they apparently forget (and I include myself) is that TV21 published various Marvel tales within its pages from issue #62 (cover-dated November 28th 1970) to #105 (cover-dated September 25th 1971), which was its final issue before being merged with IPC's VALIANT. (The Marvel strips didn't survive the merger.)
Over a span of 10 months, The SPIDER-MAN, The SILVER SURFER (with a guest-appearance from The FF), The GHOST RIDER (that's the one with a horse, not a motorcycle), RINGO KID, HOMER The HAPPY GHOST, and perhaps one or two other strips, dominated up to half the comic some weeks - so it's strange that so many comic fans appear to have forgotten Marvel's continued presence in the world of U.K. comics between March 1969 and September/October 1972. (The dates when SMASH! abandoned Marvel reprints and MWOM went on sale, respectively.)
Perhaps it was the brevity of their presence. After all, 44 issues can hardly be considered a long run and, as far as I can recall (without looking at every issue), none of the Marvel strips were ever featured on the cover - apart from an occasional mention in the banner, but certainly never in a prominent way.
Anyway, as a little treat, here's a look at the Marvel content of the first issue (#62, new series) of TV21 to feature such strips. Cast your eyes carefully over each creatively-crafted page. Are you starting to remember? Are memories, long sup-pressed, clawing their way from the back of your brain to burst once more into the warm glare of welcoming recognition? Then congratulations! You are whole once more and your past is once again your present. I have done my job and done it well, so it's time for me to leave you and your joyous reminiscences to spend some time together alone. After all, you know what they say - three's a crowd.
See you next post.
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Posted by Kid at Monday, July 06, 2015