Marvel announces Night Raven collection

Night Raven: From the Marvel UK Vault TPB
Cover by David Lloyd

(With thanks to Iskander Izzy Islam for the spot): Marvel has just announced the upcoming publication of a collection of Night Raven: From the Marvel UK Vaults, due for release in February 2017.

“Night Raven” was written by Steve Parkhouse and drawn initially by David Lloyd, followed by John Bolton, in stories set between the World Wars, battling organised crime in New York and Chicago.

The stories first ran in Hulk Weekly (collected in Night Raven: The Collected Stories), and a story set in the same era, the stunning Nightraven: House of Cards, written by Jamie Delano and drawn by David Lloyd followed later – a project that almost didn’t see the light of day because of Marvel UK Editor in Chief Paul Neary’s reticence to publish it.

Numerous illustrated text stories, which will also feature in this new collection, were written by the likes of Alan Moore also ran in various MUK titles, that led to the character’s contemporary adventures battling the immortal villainess Yi Yang, Queen of the Dragon Tong. Many of the stories were illustrated by Ivan Allen.

As we previously reported, Night Raven re-surfaced in graphic novel Fury/Black Widow: Death Duty, published by Marvel US in February 1995. Marvel also published Nocturne, a four issue series published in June 1995, written by Dan Abnett and drawn by José Fonteriz, a project initiated by Paul Neary in 1994 intended to give Night Raven a modern spin but which takes place in an alternate Marvel universe.

Full details of the new collection below.

Night Raven by John Bolton
Night Raven by John Bolton

NIGHT RAVEN: FROM THE MARVEL UK VAULTS TPB
Written by STEVE PARKHOUSE, ALAN MOORE & MORE
Penciled by DAVID LLOYD, JOHN BOLTON & MORE
Cover by DAVID LLOYD

Who is Night Raven? Find out in this complete collection of classic tales from the Marvel UK archives! Join the mysterious masked vigilante in his pulp-era war on crime as this lone man of justice stealthily stalks his villainous prey on the streets of New York City — and brands criminals with the mark of the deadly Night Raven! Follow this dark avenger into battle with mob bosses, murderers and miscreants like the Taxman, the Assassin, Dragonfire and more — in rarely seen stories by some of Marvel UK’s finest talents, including David Lloyd (V for Vendetta)!

Where brooding darkness spreads its evil wings, the Night Raven stings!

COLLECTING: NIGHT RAVEN MATERIAL FROM HULK COMIC 1-20; SAVAGE ACTION 1-4, 6, 8, 12-15; MARVEL SUPER-HEROES (UK) 382-386, 389-395; DAREDEVILS 6-11; MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL 7-17; SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN (UK) 85-92; CAPTAIN BRITAIN (1985) 10-12

280 PGS./Parental Advisory …$34.99
ISBN: 978-1-302-90462-3

Web Links

Marvel Curiosities: Night Raven’s first major US appearance, alongside Nick Fury and Black Widow

1980s British comic fanzine SCAN, edited by John Freeman. This cover was kindly created by Marvel UK staffers John Tomlinson and Richard Starkings, drawn by Ivan Allen (who drew the Night Raven illustrations for Mighty World of Marvel.
Night Raven on the cover of the 1980s British comic fanzine SCAN, edited by John Freeman. This cover was kindly created by Marvel UK staffers John Tomlinson and Richard Starkings, drawn by Ivan Allen (who drew the Night Raven illustrations for Mighty World of Marvel.

• Read our feature  on Marvel UK’s published and abandoned projects: “Genesis ’92”: Looking Back and What Might Have Been• Marvel Wikia: Fury/Black Widow: Death Duty Entry

• Night Raven on the Marvel Wikia

• Read Win Wiacek’s review of  Night Raven: the Collected Stories and Night Raven: House Of Cards

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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