You seem to be missing some text from this. The paragraph after you've praised Senior's artistic ability seems to be following on from something completely different.
Damn, you're right. Will put the missing text back in next time I'm on the computer with the original document on it.
Fixed! Blimey, I'd missed out a lot...
Thank you very much for the link. ;)
Regarding the seeming delay on Spider-Man's costume, this is because around early 1985 Marvel UK's long-running Spider-Man title (which I think went monthly had previously decided the black costume represented the material skewing towards an older age group whilst the readership was skewing younger. So just after the black costume had arrived, they broke off the reprints of recent US material in favour of more kiddified stuff, mainly the "Spidey Super Stories" and also switched the back-up to Fraggle Rock. Then amazingly the comic ended in December 1985.
The advert is promoting a new weekly, Spider-Man and Zoids, which returned to the recent regular US material, but only lasted about a year. I think Spidey didn't have any regular UK presence until the Complete Spider-Man launched in mid 1990.
I remember The Complete Spider-Man! Amazing anthology comic that inspired Exploits of Spider-Man (which I think was better in that it printed a few generations of Spidey, and had better UK centric covers, but was missing the adjectiveless Spider-Man comic and some issues of Web, so it lost points for that!)
Then the comic was folded into Scott Grey's 'Collector's Edition' lines and was rebranded into Astonishing Spider-Man (with Essential X-Men and later other comics including Wolverine [and Gambit or Deadpool] and Mighty World of Marvel). They were still going until recently but haven't seen them for a year or two...
Astonishing tried to take a middle ground between Complete and Exploits in that it would print all 'current' Spidey stories (like Complete) but occasionally throw in a classic reprint on demand (like Exploits). The covers were amazing quality and the reprint stock was great too. Scott Grey always had amazing interaction with fans via the letters page...
And yes, I may be biased because it was my letter in issue 6 (I think?) that gave the letters page it's name - The Web. Which, to be fair, wasn't a great name and to this day don't know why they went with it but there we are. Marvel also sent me a pretty funky goodie bag although sadly I have none of it now. I can't remember anything about it either except the envelope had Marvel branding on it and one of the items was a 90's X-Men LCD game with the Jim Lee Cyclops on it.
Complete Spider-Man through to the Collector's Editions were my teenage years, replacing my beloved lost Transformers UK comic. Though, my newsagents somehow used to get American Spider-Man which I no longer needed to spend pocket money on when Complete came out! It was still selling American stuff when I left home at age 17. That however was also the end of my UK comics collection as when I left home, all of my comics did not survive. None of them.
So, happy times and sad times when people talk about UK Spider-Man with me... for Transformers though, I'm lucky enough to live in an age where the Definitive Collection has given me access to all my childhood favourites... and new fun with IDW too! And then this blog as a result! Funny how it all goes full circle?
(Or to put it another way... 'it never ends!')
Props on getting the letters page named though!
I always thought Will Simpson drew Transformers fantastically. He and the colourist together could render Bluestreak and Prowl really well, even their turtle-next collars on the cover of this issue. They did an excellent job again in the 'Snarl' story of Dinobot Hunt. Made Mirage look particularly badass I thought.
@Tim: Fasinating about Spider-Man in the UK, it must take a special sort of talent to run the most recognisable character the company had into the ground. I guess it just goes to show how important the licensed comics were in keeping things going.
@Slag: I never really loved Simpson, though I like his work more than Furman seems to. He did a good mad eyed Galvatron though.
Well, Stuart, sadly it's not like Marvel US haven't been trying to run the US version into the ground for the last 15 years or so...
As soon as I say to anybody that he made a deal with Marvel's Satan to wipe out his marriage to save his Aunt May, the reaction is usually 'They had their main hero make a deal with the Devil?' or 'why are you still interested in that crap?'
Yeah, comics Marvel US wipes the floor with UK Marvel in 80's and 90's when it comes to bad decisions.
It's great to see Geoff Senior's debut here, and how quickly he evolves into proper Geoff, it's almost there at the end of the series. Great how this story really sets up one of Marvel Prime's defining characteristics, his ability to wallow in self-pity for a while.
Always loved Will Simpson as well, a much under-rated Transformers artist - if only he got to do his lovely watercolour work that we would see in 2000ad in these pages.
Geoff is indeed the Daddy.
Stuart Webb. Who knows everything about nothing and not a lot about that.
Action Force/G.I. Joe