Heroes Heavies and Heroines Portfolio (1981)

Heroes, Heavies & Heroines Portfolio, cover

Released by Paragon Publications in 1981 this portfolio featured artwork by some of the comic book industry’s most popular artists. Continue reading Heroes Heavies and Heroines Portfolio (1981)

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Paperback covers #7: Corgi Books’ Star Trek novels

Star Trek: Trek to Madworld A series looking at some of my favourite book covers and cover artists.

#7 Chris Moore’s Star Trek paperback covers from the 1980s

In the mid-1980s Corgi Books reissued all 12 volumes of James Blish’s best-selling Star Trek paperback series, containing stories adapted from the scripts of the popular science-fiction TV show. These books featured newly commissioned cover artwork from fantasy artist Chris Achilleos, and I’ve looked at them in more detail here. Alongside those books Corgi also reissued a handful of original novels based on the show – these also featured newly commissioned covers, not by Achilleos but by artist Chris Moore. Continue reading Paperback covers #7: Corgi Books’ Star Trek novels

Paperback covers #6: Corgi Books’ Star Trek Adaptions

Star Trek volume 1, cover by Chris Achilleos

A series looking at some of my favourite book covers
and cover artists.

#6 Chris Achilleos’ Star Trek paperback covers from the 1980s

A few months ago I posted an article celebrating the covers of Bantam Books’ Star Trek adaptations from the 1970’s. That post received a fair amount of traction so I thought it might be interesting to post the covers from UK publisher Corgi Books’ reissues from the mid-1980s. Continue reading Paperback covers #6: Corgi Books’ Star Trek Adaptions

Savage Sword of Conan weekly

Savage Sword of Conan, issue 1The history of Marvel UK in the 1970s

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

Strange 25th Anniversary Portfolio, part 3

Published in 1995 the Strange 25th Anniversary Portfolio contained 25 full-colour plates featuring covers from Strange, a monthly title published by Editions LUG that reprinted Marvel comics translated into French. I looked at the first eight plates here, the second eight are here, and this third batch contains the last nine plates in the portfolio. Continue reading Strange 25th Anniversary Portfolio, part 3