Marvel UK Projects That Might Have Been: Coronation Street

Sample art for a proposed 'Coronation Street' comic proposed by Tim Quinn while at Marvel UK.

Sample art for a proposed ‘Coronation Street’ comic proposed by Tim Quinn while at Marvel UK. Art by Maureen & Gordon Gray.

While I was at Marvel UK I contacted TV Times to see if they would be interested in us producing a weekly strip based on Coronation Street. They were. Granada TV were also okay with the idea but wanted to see 12 sample pages. I had this one written and drawn up which I think showed great potential.

My feeling was that if Marvel UK could start making money from other than the one main areas (superheroes and young children’s comics) we might be in with a chance of surviving into the new century. Once again the plug was pulled on this at the last minute when the boss decided it wasn’t worth pursuing.

After all, Coronation Street was hardly likely to have a lengthy run, was it?


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Tim Quinn was born in Liverpool in 1953, the very same year Beryl the Peril first appeared in The Topper. Coincidence? We think not! His mother named him after her favourite childhood comic book character, Tiger Tim. Educated by Irish Christian Brothers whose prospectus boasted, "We will instill a fear of God into your child", it was little wonder Tim chose a life in comedy. And there's nothing more comical than working in or for the comics industry at times, for companies that include Marvel UK, where he was Head of Special Projects...

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  1. That’s a really nice page of art. In this digital age it’s sometimes easy to forget that (in the UK) colour comic art was coloured on the actual boards! Reminds me of the old LookIn strips (that’s a compliment btw). Who drew that?

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