When Alan Moore wrote football comics…a look back at Marvel UK’s “Not the World Cup: The Official Souvenir Brochure”

Not the World Cup: The Official Souvenir Brochuredownthetubes contributor and comics archivist Richard Sheaf has shared plenty of strange British comic one shots and short-lived titles over on his brilliant Boys Adventure Blog, and while his recent coverage of Gilbert’s Fridge intrigued, I think it’s more than out trumped by Marvel UK’s 1982 Not the World Cup: The Official Souvenir Brochure

With a cover by 2000AD artist John Higgins, the magazine includes a three page strip by Roy of the Rovers artist Barrie Mitchell, written by Alan Moore.

Written at a time when Moore was writing strips for various British annuals, including The Dukes of Hazard, it’s not likely to be regarded as his best, but what’s not to like about a strip centring on a television interview between Ted Drinkproblem and “the controversial star player of the Republic of Santa Mafiosa, Ricardo del Wolverine,” who shares a variety of helpful football tips such as how best to foul opposing players.

He also suggests scoring goals is best accomplished by calmly showing the goalkeeper a photograph of his family being menaced by a mobster with a tommy gun is a pretty funny.

As you settle down for your World Cup marathon, enjoy this flashback to what was probably a highlight of the 1982 tournament… at least, for comic fans!

Richard’s Boys Adventure Blog is at boysadventurecomics.blogspot.com

More about Alan Moore’s more obscure work of the 1980s over at Erudition Press

Not the World Cup: The Official Souvenir Brochure

Not the World Cup: The Official Souvenir Brochure

Not the World Cup: The Official Souvenir Brochure

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.