Marvel Tales out in June to feature Captain Britain

Marvel Comics heads back to the 1970s in June with the release of Marvel Tales #1: Captain Britain, reprising the hero’s original origin first published in Marvel UK‘s Captain Britain Weekly.

Marvel Tales #1: Captain Britain

“A legendary hero flies the flag for the United Kingdom as we celebrate the legacy of the House of Ideas with the era-spanning Marvel Tales!” the publisher enthuses in solicitation copy.

In Chris Claremont and Herb Trimpe’s incredible Captain Britain (1976) #1-2, Brian Braddock must choose between the Sword of Might and the Amulet of Right. Only one will transform him into Captain Britain, champion of Albion!

“Then, Brian takes a trip across the pond and ends up in Spider-Man’s neighbourhood – but their first meeting turns downright murderous, courtesy of Arcade, in Marvel Team-Up #65-66 – by the fan-favourite team of Claremont and John Byrne!

“Then, the sword is drawn in Excalibur (1988) #1 as Claremont joins artist Alan Davis to team Captain Britain and his girlfriend Meggan with a trio of ex-X-Men – Nightcrawler, Shadowcat and Phoenix – to form the UK’s most offbeat super team!”

Marvel Tales: Captain Britain #1, will be available from comic shops and collects Captain Britain (1976) #1-2, Marvel Team-Up (1972) #65-66 and Excalibur (1988) #1.

Marvel Tales #131 (1981)

Marvel Tales #132 (1981)Marvel Tales #133 (1981)This isn’t the first time the Captain Britain origin story from the early issues of Marvel UK’s Captain Britain Weekly has featured in Marvel Tales. The story first appeared in the original Marvel Tales over #131, #132 and #133 in a substantially reformatted reprint, as noted here over on SuperMegaMonkey web site.

A panel from Captain Britain Weekly and the revised version published in Marvel Tales back in 1981

A panel from Captain Britain Weekly and the revised version published in Marvel Tales back in 1981

It’s entirely possible this 2020 collection may utilise the same version.

MARVEL TALES: CAPTAIN BRITAIN #1

Written by CHRIS CLAREMONT

Penciled by HERB TRIMPE, JOHN BYRNE & ALAN DAVIS

Cover by INHYUK LEE • VIRGIN VARIANT COVER BY INHYUK LEE

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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