1966 was a good year for Marvel Comics. Continue reading Marvel/Lancer paperbacks (1966-67)
Steve Rogers – Captain America – was a man out of his own time. Some times the memories would come – as they had earlier this day when there were no diversions and no escapes left – but they were painful memories, and not at all the memories of normal men.
Captain America was not, in any sense of the word, a normal man.
Captain America: The Great Gold Steal was published by Bantam Books in July 1968 and was the second attempt to translate a Marvel Comics property into a prose novel. Sadly it shared the fate of its predecessor and failed to find an audience, quickly vanishing without trace. Well, almost.
“Finish them off, Goliath,” ordered Karzz. “Pick up that iron club and see that nothing recognizable remains of them. Go… do as I say.” But Goliath was hesitating, a bewildered look on his face, like that of a man coming out of a dream. “But they… my friends,” he said brokenly. “Won’t… can’t harm them”.
The Wasp helplessly watched Karzz shine his headband device at Goliath, who again subsided into a mindless slave with slack jaws and transfixed stare. In a trance the mighty man picked up a huge spiked iron club that lay ready and strode ponderously toward the nearest limp Avenger.
Published by Bantam Books in June 1967 The Avengers Battle The Earth-Wrecker was Marvel Comics’ first attempt to adapt their successful range of superhero comics into prose novels. Ultimately the experiment failed and the book is all but forgotten today.
Over the past few months I’ve posted several articles expressing my fondest for Marvel Comics’ Treasury Editions, those oversized reprint collections published in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Continue reading Marvel Special Collector’s Edition: Savage Fists of Kung Fu (1975)
The history of Marvel UK in the 1970s
The Complete Fantastic Four
In 1972 American comic giant Marvel launched a UK subsidiary to tap into Britain’s lucrative weekly comic book market. The success of their first title, The Mighty World of Marvel, gave them a foothold in the UK and over the next five years Marvel UK consolidated their position by launching another ten weekly titles, featuring reprinted stories starring some of their most popular characters, including Spider-Man, The Avengers, Dracula and The Hulk. These comics successfully mimicked the tried and tested formula of their British counterparts: cheaply priced (and printed) black and white comics featuring a selection of different stories, or strips, as well as competitions, puzzles and Letters pages. It quickly became apparent that there was a place for Marvel in the British market and between 1972 and 1977 the US giant hit an almost unbroken run of successful titles. Continue reading The Complete Fantastic Four
Since their debut in the late 19th century American newspaper cartoon strips has enjoyed a level of respectability and adoration not afforded to many other forms of popular entertainment. A new documentary, Stripped, attempts to examine the reasons for the success of this enduring and much-loved art form, while also considering the challenges that the medium faces in the future. Continue reading Stripped (2014)
The 100th article celebrations conclude here at ‘Taint The Meat with my final selection of the best 100th issue comic book covers.
The 100th article celebrations continue here at ‘Taint The Meat with another selection of my favourite 100th issue comic book covers. Continue reading The best 100th issue comic book covers, part 2
To help celebrate the 100th article on ‘Taint The Meat, I thought it might be fun to look at some other landmark 100 anniversaries, namely those from some of my favourite comic books. Continue reading The best 100th issue comic book covers, part 1
Savage Sword of Conan weekly
In 1972 American comic giant Marvel launched a UK subsidiary to tap into Britain’s lucrative weekly comic book market. The quick success of their first title, The Mighty World of Marvel, gave them a foothold in the UK and over the next three years Marvel consolidated their position by launching five more weekly anthology titles. These comics mimicked the tried and tested formula of British models: cheaply priced (and printed) black and white weekly comics featuring a selection of different stories as well as competitions, puzzles and letters pages. It quickly became apparent that there was a place in the British market for their unique brand of superhero comics and between 1972 and 1975 Marvel hit a winning streak of best-selling titles. Unfortunately that streak came to an end with the launch, and quick cancellation, of Savage Sword of Conan which provided Marvel UK with their first flop. Continue reading Savage Sword of Conan weekly