On sale now is Issue 97 of the Marvel Fact Files part work published by Eaglemoss – a Marvel UK-themed issue wrapped in a stunning cover by Mike Perkins with features on a range of characters created for the company including Captain Britain, Death’s Head, Night Raven, Dark Angel, Dragon’s Claws, Motormouth and the Sleeze Brothers.
Editor John Tomlinson – a former Marvel UK editor and comics writer himself – commissioned features from a number of MUK staffers and freelancers to write articles for the special issue, including Lew Stringer, who wrote a feature on the originated “Incredible Hulk” strips that had appeared in Hulk Comic in the 1970s.
I was delighted to be asked to compile the Sleeze Brothers feature, offering a potted history of the creator-owned detective duo created by John Carnell and Andy Lanning, characters who made an anarchic appearance in Doctor Who Magazine during my editorship in “Follow That Tardis!” (Issue 147), which was commissioned and edited by Richard Starkings.
Some British comic shops stock Marvel Fact Files but you may not be able to find it in newsagents. Although part works are launched in newsagents they go subscription only after 5-10 issues. Interested parties can always subscribe: https://www.eaglemoss.com/en-gb/comic-heroes/marvel-factfiles/
You can also buy the single issue direct from Eaglemoss, without subscribing, in their online shop.
Full Contents Listing
Hulk: The Forgotten Adventures
UK-originated strips from Hulk Weekly (1979). Text by Lew Stringer
From Parkhouse/Lloyd origins to Delano/Lloyd graphic novel. Afterword by Jamie Delano
In ancient Albion: the Parkhouse/Stokes era. Text by Simon Furman
Spidey In The UK
The first UK-originated Spider-Man stories by Collins, Farmer and Kitson. Text by Mike Collins
Gatefold feature about the subterranean HQ, original art by technical illustrator Myles Talbot
Marvel UK Timeline
From Mighty World of Marvel weekly to Revolutionary War. Text by Win Wiacek
2000AD meets Rollerball: text by writer/creator Simon Furman
The Marvel UK/US crossover story by Alan Davis. Text by Glenn Dakin
The Sleeze Brothers
John Carnell and Andy Lanning’s crazy space detectives. Text by John Freeman
The Knights of Pendragon
The first (and last) green comics series
Death’s Head’s Greatest Hits
The history of the original Death’s Head told via contract killings. Text by writer/creator Simon Furman
Feature by co-writer/creator Alan Cowsill about how Marvel’s latest Marvel UK mini-series Revolutionary War came about, with quotes from Kieron Gillen, Rob Williams, Glenn Dakin and Gary Erskine
The gobby Mys-Tech agent from origin to single motherhood in Revolutionary War. Text by Revolutionary War writer Glenn Dakin
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.