Super Heroes Monthly

The Super Heroes Monthly was a black & white monthly anthology published from September 1980 (Vol 1 number 1) to April 1982 (Vol 2 number 7) by London Editions Magazines, running 19 issues in total. It reprinted stories from a number of American DC Comics titles, with most issues including at least one Superman and/or Batman story, as well as stories starring the Justice League of America, the Justice Society of America, Hawkman, the The Flash, Green Arrow, Hourman and others. The series was edited by Vanessa Morgan with most of the cover art provided by David Jackson or Alan Craddock. There were also Super Heroes Annuals published from 1982-1984. The 1983 Annual features a two page British originated text story, Wonder Woman in ‘The Eye of the Eagle’, by Kelvin Gosnell, as well as a reprint story starring the Justice League of America. There was also a Special published as an offshoot of the series, the card covered, full colour ‘Superman Spectacular’.

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Strontium Dog

Publisher: Eagle Comics
Publication Dates: December 1985 – March 1986
Number of Issues Published: 4 (#1 – #4)
Color: Colour
Dimensions: Standard Modern Age U.S.
Binding: Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format: Miniseries

Originally advertised as an 8-issue series, but reduced to four. Eagle first took on Johnny Alpha in the 2000 A.D. MONTHLY miniseries. His next appearance is in the Strontium Dog Special from Quality Periodicals, followed by the regular series.

Strontium Dog is a long-running comics series featuring in the British science fiction weekly 2000 AD, starring Johnny Alpha, a mutant bounty hunter with an array of imaginative gadgets and weapons.

The series was created by writer John Wagner (under the pseudonym T. B. Grover) and artist Carlos Ezquerra for Starlord, a short-lived weekly science fiction comic, in 1978. When Starlord was cancelled the series transferred to 2000 AD. In 1980 Wagner was joined by co-writer Alan Grant, although scripts were normally credited to Grant alone. Grant wrote the series solo from 1988 to 1990.

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Strip

Publisher: Marvel UK
Publication Dates: February 1990 – 1990
Number of Issues Published: 20 (#1 – #20)
Color: Colour
Dimensions: Magazine-size
Paper Stock: Glossy
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Was ongoing

Strip! was a fortnightly magazine published between February and November 1990 (twenty issues in total) by Marvel UK. Aimed at an older readership than much of their output at the time, the magazine featured an eclectic and frequently changing mix of strips including Storm (translated European reprints), Marshal Law, Genghis Grimtoad, The Man from Cancer, The Punisher, Combat Wombat, Dominic Fortune, Dexter Pantry, Thorgal and Death’s Head (the latter in a serialised version of the graphic novel Death’s Head: the Body in Question). There were also various one-off strips, interviews and other text features. The vigilante Night Raven was apparently due to return in issue #21, which was never published.

Note: Not to be confused with Strip: The Adventure Comics Magazine.

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Star Heroes

Publisher: Marvel UK
Publication Dates: [April] 1980 – 1981
Number of Issues Published: 11 (#1 – #11)
Color: Color Cover
Dimensions: Digest
Paper Stock: Newsprint Pages
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Was Ongoing Series
Publication Type: magazine

Star Heroes began as a one-off Winter Special published by Marvel UK in October 1979 featuring 52 pages of reprints of the American Marvel titles ‘Battlestar Galactica’ (a tie-in to the original BSG TV series) and The Micronauts before being launched as a regular monthly title in March 1980. While the Star Heroes Winter Special was in regular A4 magazine format, the ongoing title was a digest sized ‘Pocket Book’ (one of a newly launched line), featuring Battlestar Galactica and The Micronauts (a toy tie-in strip which had previously had a lengthy run as a backup series in Marvel’s long running Star Wars Weekly title). The ninth issue was a double sized (100 pages as opposed to the usual 50, or 52 including covers) issue almost solely devoted to Battlestar Galactica, backed up by a four page 1960s SF short story drawn by Steve Ditko; the Micronauts ended in issue #8 but their ongoing adventures continued in the regular format weekly SF anthology title Future Tense. From issue #10, The X-Men took the lead strip, and from issue #11 the Battlestar Galactica strip was dropped. The title was renamed ‘X-Men’ from issue #14 (reprinting early X-Men stories from the 1960’s), and was cancelled in August 1982 with issue #28.

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Sleeze Brothers

Publisher: Marvel
Publication Dates: 1989 – 1989
Number of Issues Published: 6 (#1 – #6)
Color: color
Dimensions: standard Modern Age US
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: limited series

The Sleeze Brothers was a comic book limited series published by Epic Comics, between August 1989 and January 1990 (UK release dates), lasting for 6 issues. A collection of the six issues were later released in 1990, along with a final extended issue in 1991. It was written by John Carnell, with art by Andy Lanning. The characters were spun off from a Doctor Who comic strip by Carnell entitled “Follow That TARDIS!”, published in Doctor Who Magazine #147 (April 1989), though they are not generally considered part of the Doctor Who extended universe.

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Shadow Riders

Publisher: Marvel
Publication Dates: June 1993 – September 1993
Number of Issues Published: 4 (#1 – #4)
Color: color
Dimensions: standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock: glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: limited series

4-issue mini-series

Shadow Riders was a 1993 US format limited series published by Marvel UK, featuring a group of individuals killed in violent skirmishes or accidents who were reanimated and given super powers by the alien wizard Vorin to help him in his war against the evil Mys-Tech Corporation. The series guest-starred a number of other Marvel UK characters (notably the Warheads, Dark Angel and Death’s Head II) as well as American Marvel characters Cable, the Hulk and Ghost Rider.
Sadly, the adventures of Vorin, Roadie, Grunt, Stranger, Boot and Che and their non-human sidekick Goodfellow did not take the comics world by storm and the born-again bikers haven’t been seen since. The Shadow Riders were created by John Freeman, Brian Williamson and Ross Dearsley.

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Rogue Trooper

Publisher: Fleetway-Quality
Publication Dates: July 1987 – 1991
Number of Issues Published: 50 (#8 – #49)
Color: Color
Dimensions: Standard Modern Age U.S.
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Was ongoing series
Publication Type: magazine

Numbering continues from Rogue Trooper (Quality Periodicals, 1986 series) #7

The UK and US versions of this and several other Fleetway/Quality series got out of sync, with some issues being dated differently for UK and US editions until the US editions skipped two months of content, which was reprinted only in the UK versions. This put the numbering of the two versions out of sync so that finally Fleetway/Quality double-numbered the US editions for two issues in order that the numbers and contents of the two editions matched again. See the individual issue records for the specifics.

Rogue Trooper is a science fiction strip in the British comic 2000 AD, created by Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons. It follows the adventures of Rogue, a “Genetic Infantryman”, a genetically created, blue-skinned, manufactured super soldier and his three comrades’ search for the Traitor General. His comrades are in the form of biochips – onto which a G.I.’s entire personality is downloaded at the time of death for later retrieval – and are named Gunnar (mounted on Rogue’s rifle), Bagman (on his backpack) and Helm (on his helmet). He is genetically engineered to be immune to almost all known toxins, can submerge in strong acid unaffected, and is able to withstand a vacuum in his bare skin.

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Overkill

Publisher: Marvel UK
Publication Dates: 24 April 1992 – 1994
Number of Issues Published: 52 (#1 – #52)

Published bi-weekly from issue number one to forty-two. Switched to monthly from issue #43 to the series’ end.

Mostly a reprint book that featured reprinted stories of Marvel UK heroes (to the exclusion of any characters that originated from the main US division of Marvel comics, earlier on; this policy was eventually rescinded).

Overkill was a Marvel UK anthology published during the 1990s, deliberately designed as a Marvel equivalent to 2000AD.

Originally there was an editorially-directed policy of no Marvel US superheroes appearing in Overkill (meaning it could only reprint 11 pages of each Marvel UK story, excising 11 that had deliberate US guest-stars) – market research indicated this was counter-productive and the policy was dropped, with Death’s Head taking a prominent role in the comic.

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Motormouth

Publisher: Marvel
Publication Dates: June 1992 – October 1992
Number of Issues Published: 5 (#1 – #5)
Color: color
Dimensions: standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock: glossy cover; mando interior
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: was ongoing series
Publication Type: magazine

And Killpower

Publisher: Marvel
Publication Dates: November 1992 – May 1993
Number of Issues Published: 7 (#6 – #12)
Color: Color
Dimensions: Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock: Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Was ongoing series
Publication Type: magazine

Motormouth (Harley Davis) is a fictional character created by Paul Neary and developed by writer Graham Marks with initial designs by Gary Frank (Supreme Power, The Incredible Hulk). As the title character of her own series, Motormouth (later Motormouth & Killpower), was part of a line of original comics released in the early-to-mid 1990s by Marvel UK. She is a teenage street-rat from London, England with a fierce temper who curses constantly. She is 5 ft 4 in tall and weighs roughly 7 st 7 lb / 105 lb (48 kg).

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Loose Cannons

Publisher: Marvel
Publication Dates: 1994 – 1995
Number of Issues Published: 4 (#1 – #4)

4-issue mini-series

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