Thursday, November 14, 2019

The end of The Mighty World of Marvel

Sad news just in. Panini UK are ending their Mighty World of Marvel comic effective immediately. The final issue is out today. Here's how it was announced on Facebook this morning:

"Hi, Marvelites.
We’re sorry to report that this will be the last issue of Mighty World.
Thanks to everyone who supported the title. We’re sure it’ll be back someday!
In the meantime, why not check out one of the six other awesome Collectors’ Editions, packed full of mighty Marvel action!
Excelsior!"

The Mighty World of Marvel was Marvel UK's first comic in 1972 and had a long run as a weekly (and short run as a monthly) before being cancelled. It was revived by Panini UK several years ago, initially as a vehicle for Daredevil and Hulk reprints and then as a showcase title featuring various Marvel strips. 

The cancellation of its current run came suddenly, as the latest issue advertises the intended following issue which would have had a revamp featuring The Immortal Hulk and the Champions. Unfortunately these are tough times for periodicals in a very competitive market and with production costs always rising. 

Here's the PR for the final issue, in the shops now:

MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL #22. On sale 14th November. £4.99.
76 pages of Marvel Universe adventure!
The final chapter of the epic ‘Infinity Wars’ saga is here! Heroes and villains unite to face Gamora... ...but she isn't going down without a fight! By Gerry Duggan & Mike Deodato Jr!
First printed in Infinity Wars #5-6


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Happy VIZ-mas!

It must be November if the Christmas issue of Viz is on the stands. Yes, the king of the top-shelf has snow on its logo and seasonal goodwill in its heart from characters such as The Fat Slags, Eight Ace, The Real Ale Twats, Johnny Fartpants and more. PLUS their traditional pull-out calendar, which this time features art from past covers by the brilliant Simon Thorp. 

Simon also provides the cover for this issue too of course, and it's another "cracker", eh, chums? 

This issue will also be the 40th anniversary edition but I didn't notice any mention of the occasion. Well, congratulations to them anyway. Not many comics reach that landmark!

Contributors include Davey Jones, Tom Paterson, Paul Palmer, Simon Ecob, Alex Collier and many more. 

That's Viz No.291, 52 pages plus calendar for £3.70. Out now! 


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MARVEL: 80 Amazing Years

Just published by Panini UK is this 176 page bookazine celebrating the 80th anniversary of Marvel Comics. This is the English language version of an international edition and the translation from Fabio Lacari's original Italian text seems a little stilted in places. However that may be due to it being written for all ages, as this is mainly a book for readers unfamiliar with Marvel's long history. 
Chapters take us through key points of 1939 up to the present day, and the bookazine is richly illustrated with plenty of artwork from each era. It reaches the 1980s halfway through the publication so it's evenly balanced chronologically. It's firmly focused on the history of Marvel USA though, so don't expect to see anything about Marvel UK beyond one measly sentence on page 110. Surprisingly the Marvel movies aren't covered either, or the games, but it makes a refreshing change that the text is solely about the comics and their creators rather than diverting off at a tangent. 
If you have a youngster (and these days I include anyone under 30) who's into Marvel then this would make an ideal Christmas stocking stuffer. Older readers may already know Marvel's history inside out but it's still worth it for hardcore collectors too. 
Marvel 80 Amazing Years - The True Story of a Pop Culture Phenomenon is out now in WH Smiths (and hopefully elsewhere) for £12.99. 

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Review: PSYCHO GRAN COMIC CAPERS CAVALCADE No.2

I've had this fine comic since July but I'm only just finding time to catch up with reviews I promised to do. Here we go then with the second issue of Psycho Gran Comic Capers Cavalcade, written and drawn by David Leach.

If you're already familiar with Psycho Gran you'll know what to expect. If not, expect the unexpected. Psycho Gran started out in Oink! comic over 30 years ago, but as David Leach owns the rights he's able to bring her back in all new stories. Well, not entirely all-new, as the strips in this issue originally appeared in the digital comic Aces Weekly a few years ago but this is the first time they've appeared in a physical print form.
As Aces Weekly is a landscape format comic, it threw up a bit of a problem for transferring to print. Should it be a landscape comic? David decided otherwise, and he's come up with Widescreen PsychoVision, which means that when you open the A4 comic you rotate it 90 degrees to read the stories. This is great for two reasons; firstly you get you see David's detailed art in a nice big size, and secondly it's a bit like reading the A3 size Topper or Beezer comics of old.
They're all short stories, with none lasting more than six pages, but are well told examples of how to do snappy comedy-horror tales. The quality of the printing is superb too, with rich colours and sharp reproduction. In comics tradition there's even a pull-out double-sided poster, although putting it on your bedroom wall might bring you nightmares. 

The thing that impresses me the most though is how much David Leach has progressed as an artist since those days on Oink! Like most of us on that comic back then, he was just starting out and finding his style. Now it's well established and he has a good understanding of his craft. 

Psycho Gran Comic Capers Cavalcade No.2 has 36 full colour A4 pages for £5 plus postage. To buy a copy, contact the Psycho Gran Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/PsychoGran/

...or the publisher's Facebook page, Dead Universe Comics:
https://www.facebook.com/DeadUniverse/

...or if you're in the neighbourhood, visit the Dead Universe Comics shop at 5 Bourbon Street, Friars Square Shopping Centre, HP20 2PZ Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.






INFINITY No.23 out this week

There'll be a new issue of Infinity in the shops this Thursday. If you haven't seen this magazine it's worth seeking out for fans of cult tv, movies, toys, and comics! Last month's issue had an article on Krazy comic and the latest one will feature Look and Learn

It's a great magazine for just £3.99 and you'll find it in W.H. Smiths or you can buy it directly from the publisher at http://infinitymagazine.co.uk/shop/



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