Science Fiction was still the hot property in the playground during 1980 and 1981 (fuelled by the release of ESB, MISSION GALACTICA and the belated TV debuts of Battlestar and Buck Rogers), so it's slightly odd that the British Bullpen were so convinced that kids really wanted to read about cowboys.
MARVEL UK even announced a monthly WESTERN GUNFIGHTERS title in 1981… although it never actually launched and the project was quietly dropped.
This special issue of 1980s fan magazine AMAZING HEROES (issue 137, 15 March 1988) was devoted to the many facets of FLASH GORDON, including the new DC Comics interpretation (which I posted about here many moons (of Mongo) ago).
MARVEL UK'S Winter (or "Christmas" herein) 1984 SPIDER-MAN SPECIAL, published in the album format (square-bound with card covers and colour interiors, albeit not particularly well presented) reprinted the 46th issue of the US WHAT IF book.
This launch add for the DEATH'S HEAD II limited series, the title that kick-started (in all but name) the GENESIS 1992 line from MARVEL UK, was one of a series of one-page House Ads for the "Big Guns" promotion (a marketing push for edgier/ violent fare such as Cage, Silver Sable, the Punisher and Deathlok).
The campaign obviously worked as the initial DHII series was a massive seller (M-UK went back to print with a silver ink second edition) and kick-started the whole G92 project (none of the characters appear in this series but the back pages contained various House Ads and previews teasing the first wave of titles).
This ad appeared across the US line, this particular one is from (of all places) the one-shot CAPTAIN AMERICA movie adaptation.
By special request, the launch issue of the British edition of the venerable STARLOG from May 2000.
I must confess that I didn't buy this at the time and I don't know much about the details. US imports of Starlog had been appearing in newsagents for over a decade (I was a regular buyers around the time that ST: TNG launched in 1987) so I don't know if this was effectively competing with the US edition… or whether it replaced it.
The print dimensions were wider than A4 which is why the edges are cut off on my A4 scanner.
It's back-to-school so, to mark the occasion, here's the first issue of IPC's ill-fated SCHOOL FUN, an October 1983 launch which tried to make - ahem - school fun. It ran for 33 weeks, two holiday specials and one annual.
The Kings Reach Tower mandarins were smart enough to throw in a little star power: two of the strips were based on characters from CORONATION STREET and GRANGE HILL.
Swift failure can probably be attributed to kids not wishing to be reminded of school when they're not in it. It merged, as so many comics did, with BUSTER in May 1984.