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 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.
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