Former Marvel UK editor in chief Richard Starkings just sent me this unused cover for the original Dragon’s Claws #5, drawn by Geofff Senior, following discussion about Death’s Head on It Came from Darkmoor.
Richard says the cover was rejected as “too boring” and wonders just why Simon Furman was not asked to write Death’s Head II when Paul Neary took editorial control at Marvel UK back in the 1990s.
“I never understood why he wasn’t writing the relaunch,” says Richard, “having worked with him on… um, everything, I know that he would have taken on a new direction quite happily.”
As I recall, Simon did indeed pitch a revamped Death’s Head treatment to Paul, which was rejected, but I don’t know the reasons.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.