Marvel Fact Files Issue 195 - Death's Head SNIP

New Eaglemoss Marvel Fact Files features Death’s Head, Steve Dillon tribute in New Year

Part of the Marvel Fact Files Issue 195 - Death's Head Cutaway. The full gatefold and accompanying feature is a stunning piece of work from Simon Furman and Kev Hopgood.
Part of the Marvel Fact Files Issue 195 – Death’s Head Cutaway. The full gatefold and accompanying feature is a stunning piece of work from Simon Furman and Kev Hopgood.

The next issue of Eaglemoss’ Marvel Fact Files (Issue 195, published here in the UK on the 8th December 2016 features a stunning original Death’s Head schematic gatefold, the work of Simon Furman and Kev Hopgood.

For the first time, the secrets beneath the skin (flexible micro chainmail, don’tcha know) of everyone’s favourite Freelance Peacekeeping Agent are laid bare – in painstaking detail.

The Death’s Head gatefold was drawn by Kev Hopgood, whose arsenal of Photoshop SPFX does impressive justice to the robot bounty hunter, and written by his co-creator, Simon Furman.

“Who else could say with absolute confidence that ‘his neural net is housed within a semi-sentient regenerative gel matrix with its own independent molecular power cell’?” editor John Tomlinson notes. “Simon did, and much else besides.”

Here’s the cover to look out for…

Marvel Fact Files Issue 195 - Cover

 

Marvel Fact Files 203 - Cover

In related news, John tells us Marvel Fact Files Issue 203, on sale in the New Year, will feature an overview of artist Steve Dillon‘s Marvel career, along with an overview of one of his classic Punisher stories with Garth Ennis, “Welcome Back, Frank”.

Marvel Fact Files 203 - Steve Dillon Tribute

The Hulk takes on The Leader on a Marvel UK cover by Steve Dillon
The Hulk takes on The Leader on a Marvel UK cover by Steve Dillon

Marvel Fact Files 203 - Punisher Feature

“I didn’t know Steve very well so my knowledge of him is more of a living snapshot from 1988-90, when he and Brett Ewins were setting up Deadline magazine,” John, a Marvel UK veteran, who has also worked for many other British comics, in various capacities, tells us.

“It was a revealing snapshot though – they were both clearly extremely talented and destined for great things, and they were the undisputed stars of South Thames Studios, where they rented office space at the time.”

Marvel Fact Files is available to order through newsagents or your local comic shop – or you can buy direct from Eaglemoss here

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. 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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