Friday, June 05, 2015

Surf's up in next month's MWOM

On sale July 2nd.
The Silver Surfer made his US comic debut in Fantastic Four No.48, 'way back in 1966 but it wasn't until 1970 in TV21 No.62 (second series) that he appeared in a British comic. Even then, the strips (reprinting his 1968 solo series) were resized, relettered and often clumsily edited into a more traditional UK comic format.

The Surfer later became the lead strip in Marvel UK's The Superheroes weekly in 1975 although that was relatively short lived. Next month, on July 2nd, the Silver Surfer's more recent adventures will start appearing in Panini UK's The Mighty World of Marvel. These strips by Dan Slott and Michael Allred have been highly acclaimed by fans for taking a quirky new spin on the character. The 76 page issue will also feature Daredevil and part four of Original Sin.

However, if you want to follow the stories I'd advise you to pick up The Mighty World of Marvel No.13, which is in the shops now. It's a perfect 'jumping on point'. With 100 pages at no extra price, it contains the first three parts of Original Sin (Who killed The Watcher?) and the start of a new direction for Daredevil now that he's revealed his true identity to the world.

You'll find the comic racked alongside SFX, Doctor Who Magazine and other genre mags in WH Smith and selected newsagents.

For more info on Panini UK's output, visit their website here:       


Staz Johnson said...

Hi Lew,

I'm clearly so out of the loop it's unbelievable. I thought Titan now held the license for Marvel reprint stuff. I guess it's switched back to Panini, huh?

BTW, hope to see you at the Sheffield show in August.

Lew Stringer said...

Hi Staz,
Good to hear from you. Titan have never had the Marvel license but they do publish a few DC reprint comics. Panini UK gained the license when Marvel UK closed 20 years ago and have been publishing regular British Marvel comics ever since.

Yep, see you in Sheffield! I'll be at a few other Showmasters events this summer so perhaps see you at some of those as well?

SLOW ROBOT said...

The current issue of Panini's MARVEL LEGENDS (issue 9 of this run) reprints the first installment of The Secret Origin of Tony Stark (Prelude) starring... Death's Head!

Although no mention on the cover so easy to miss.

I picked-up a copy an hour ago...

Lew Stringer said...

I like Marvel Legends. It reminds me a bit of 1960s comic Fantastic in its content.

James Spiring said...

Staz must've confused Marvel with either DC (which switched to Titan a few years ago) or Doctor Who (which since last year both Titan and Panini do now).

Speaking of Doctor Who, I hear that this latest Silver Surfer run is something like that. His relationship with his new sidekick Dawn sounds a lot like a typical Who companion.

Staz Johnson said...

Odd, I don't know where I got that idea from then... but I was convinced it was Titan who now held the Marvel license.

I'm not sure if I'll be at any showmasters events other than Sheffield yet, time will tell :-)

Lew Stringer said...

Yeah, as James said, several years ago Panini were in the strange position of publishing a Batman comic as well as several Marvel titles but then Titan won the DC license from them. Perhaps that's what you were thinking of?

There was also a rumour at the time that Disney were stopping Panini from doing Marvel comics altogether but that was completely unfounded. It was because Disney had stopped Panini doing originated Marvel material and fan speculation wrongly assumed they'd lost the rights to doing reprints as well.

James, yes, Silver Surfer writer Dan Slott is a big fan of Doctor Who so I'm sure that accounts for any Who-like aspects in his Surfer scripts.

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