The latest Previews catalogue from Diamond Distributors listing upcoming titles available to order from comic shops features Chris Weston‘s cover to the all-new SMASH! Special that’s out in May in UK newsagents, and 10th June 2020 in comic stores.
Just like other Specials being released this year by Rebellion, which we most recently detailed here, SMASH! will revive more classic British comic characters now owned by the 2000AD publisher under its Treasury of British Comics imprint.
Brand new action adventure stories featuring some of the most popular British superheroes will feature in this 68-page title.
These include “The Steel Claw” by Charlie Higson and Charlie Adlard, “The Spider” written by Rob Williams and drawn by John McCrea, “Mytek the Mighty” by Suyi Davies Okungbowa, “Johnny Future” drawn by Tom Raney, “House of Dolman” by Simon Furman and Davi Go, “Thunderbolt” by Helen O’Hara, and “Cursitor Doom” by Maura McHugh and Andreas Butzbach.
Those who remember the original SMASH! have of course noted that, apart from Cursitor Doom, who featured in the early issues of the second series of Smash! in 1969, none of the other characters in the Special’s line-up featured in it, stars instead of the weekly boys comics Lion, Valiant and Fantastic.
But the title name serves as a great umbrella brand for these revived classics, written and drawn by some great talents. I’m looking forward to it!
• All the 2020 Treasury of British Comics Specials will all be available from all good newsagents and comic book stores – and all the 2020 specials are also available to pre-order as a special £59.99 subscription bundle from the 2000AD webshop, which includes 20% off and with an exclusive bagged reproduction of the infamous ‘banned’ issue of Action from October 1976
With thanks to Lew Stringer – article updated to note Cursitor Doom’s appearance in later Cursitor Doom featured in early issues of the second series of Smash! in 1969