In his latest regular “Hatch, Match & Dispatch” features on major British comics anniversaries on his brilliant Rusty Staples blog, comics writer Michael Carroll notes the upcoming 30th anniversary of Strip, published by Marvel UK.
“One of those comics that should have lasted a lot longer than it did,” he argues. Indeed – and I’m sure its editor, Dan Abnett, would concur!
Strip was a fortnightly anthology aimed at older readers and containing highly-regarded content, including “Marshal Law“, “The Chronicles of Genghis Grimtoad” and “Death’s Head“.
Many of the strips that featured were creator owned, including “The Man from Cancer” by Glen Dakin and Phil Elliott (you can read a feature on this strip by Luke Williams here on downthetubes) and a number of strips Dan considered for limited mini series, including “Rourke of the Radlands” which I co-created with Green Lantern and Wonder Woman artist Liam Sharp.
Marvel UK issued written confirmation of creator rights during the run up to the Marvel UK “Genesis 1992” project, at my suggestion and agreement from Paul Neary, a confirmation of rights that’s also enabled Lew Stringer to re-publish his “Combat Colin” strips from Action Force and Transformers.
Marvel UK’s Strip has no direct connection with the similarly-titled STRIP Comic Magazine launched by Bosnian-based Print Media Productions in February 2010, which I edited; a project I have written about for Baden James Mellonie’s upcoming Rejected anthology.
To mark the anniversary, here’s Liam Sharp’s original art for the cover for Strip #4, featuring “Rourke of the Radlands”, a character that has since featured in Dave Hailwood’s 100% Biodegradable anthology, which is available on ComiXology, including a new strip drawn by Bill Storie.
• Strip, published by Marvel UK, #1 cover dated 17th February 1990 to 10th November 1990, 20 issues