Mike Conroy’s comics news and features magazine Multiverse is finally back in print – with a spanking new look for Issue 7 from Barry Renshaw and packed with industry news from both the US and UK, complete with an intriguing supplement from Blase Books, “Scraps”, offering some rare UK and US comic oddments and a brand new one page comic strip from Mike Higgs.
The magazine has a range of news features, leading with an overview of upcoming US comics projects including the latest Marvel revamp and Marvel Now!, which will deliver refurbished Guardians of the Galaxy and Nova titles.
There’s also a look at Paul Levitz’ new DC Comics Golden Age book and an affectionate tribute to Karen Berger, who recently stepped down after 20 years at the helm of DC’s mature readers imprint, Vertigo.
There’s plenty for British comics fans too, with a look at IDW’s Judge Dredd title and David Hine and Doug Braithwaite’s Image Comics title, Storm Dogs.
Described as “blatant advertising”, the Blase Books “Scraps” supplement will have comic art fans salivating, perhaps, at the double page spread of some of the art it offers for sale from the IPC/Fleetway archive, including pages from strips such as Spider and The Phantom Viking alongside girls comics work and pages of the British Star Trek strip that were published in Valiant and TV21 in the early 1970s.
It might be advertising, but it’s done with a sense of fun, wrapped in a great strip from Mike Higgs which we’re only showing you part of below. Go and buy a copy to read the rest!
Mike diplomatically explains the troubles for the title in his editorial, which resulted in its 12 month absence in print – although digital editions of #5 and #6 were released. Let’s hope his new partnership with UK Comics Creative and his unfailing enthusiasm for this magazine bring better fortune for him moving forward.
• Multiverse #7 costs £3.99 and is available in all good UK comic shops. For purchase information visit http://multiverse-magazine.com
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.