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Monday, January 04, 2016

Marvel UK back in the spotlight

A year ago, the weekly partwork Marvel Fact Files did an issue focusing on Marvel UK (see here) and now an upcoming issue will be a follow up with even more essential info. 

As editor John Tomlinson says, "inevitably there was more to say. This sequel issue profiles some of the stuff we couldn't cram in first time, including the award-winning Panini UK stories and never-before-seen characters and titles from the unpublished 'lost worlds' of 1993". 

Marvel Fact Files No.149, goes on sale 21st January, published by Eaglemoss at £3.50. It not only features a stack of all-new articles on the history of the comics written by ex-Marvel staff and freelancers but also boasts a brand new cover by Alan Davis (above) and a gatefold on Captain Britain, exclusive to this issue, written and drawn by Alan.

Here's a list of the contents:

Spider-Man: Untold Tales
Classic Panini UK Spider-Man stories.
Writer: Ferg Handley

Mys-Tech Wars 
The epic Marvel UK event limited series
Writer: John Freeman

The Road to Marvel UK
How it all began, from 1950s reprints to award-winning originated strips
Writer: Lew Stringer

Short-lived but cool successor to Night Raven, a UK-originated title published in the US.
Writer: Stuart Vandal

Gatefold feature about the sentients super-computer, doubling as a handy history of Captain Britain. Written and illustrated by Alan Davis.

Long gone but fondly remembered time travel tale by Paul Neary and Mick Austin
Writer: Stuart Vandal

The Cherubim
Walkabout warpies; the mutant children of the Jaspers Warp from Captain Britain's universe.
Writer: Mike Collins

Creator: Paul Neary
Biog of the other Marvel UK mastermind
Writer: Glenn Dakin

Spider-Man: Tower of Power
UK-originated Spidey stories from the eponymous Eaglemoss title
Writer: Glenn Dakin

Dai Thomas
From hero-hater to Knight of Pendragon
Writer: Stuart Vandal

Avengers: Rampaging Heroes
Award-winning Panini UK Avengers, X-Men and Captain Britain stories
Writer: Ferg Handley

Lost Worlds of Marvel UK
Never before seen titles and characters from the cancelled 1993 Marvel UK explosion
Writer: Stuart Vandal

Paranormal investigation agency peopled with classic UK-originated characters
Writer: Simon Furman

As with the nature of partworks, newsagents only usually stock the first several issues before making it order-only, but you may be lucky enough to find it. (The current issue is in my WH Smith.) Failing that, some comics shops stock it regularly, and subscriptions and back issues should be available from the publisher's online shop:


@MLPasterisk said...

Love that Alan Davis cover, a homage to his own Captain Britain monthly #1 cover.

I shall have to track this down !

Crispynev said...

That would have passed me by so thanks for the heads up, Lew. I'm lucky enough to have two Smiths close by so fingers crossed. Good to see your covering the history which I think we'd all agree you excel in.

Lew Stringer said...

Thanks Christopher. It was a pleasure to be asked to write that article. It wasn't easy condensing the history into so few words though but I think I covered the major points and I'm glad I was able to mention the Odhams comics.

Steve Marchant said...

I'll be interested to find out about 'Tower of Power'. Me and John McCrea were doing 'How to Draw Spidey' articles for it (pre-publication) but after 4 or 5 we were told to stop doing them as it wasn't going to come out after all. Got paid for 'em but always thought it was a shame people wouldn't get to see John's brilliant artwork (or indeed read my semi-lucid instructions).

Stuart Vandal said...

Love that cover! And while I can't claim anything like Lew's knowledge or expertise, I'll echo him in saying it was a pleasure to work on this issue, especially on the Lost Worlds article, for which I owe many, many thanks to all the writers, artists, editors, etc. of that era of Marvel UK who kindly provided information and original artwork for projects that were in development. I can sympathise with Lew having to condense down the history of Marvel UK - I could have easily filled another 2 or 3 pages without any difficulty.

Hibernia Comics said...

Thanks for this Lew, Worth picking up for the Davis art alone!

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