Wednesday, 18 April 2012

1986: SECRET WARS II UK - PART TWO

This is the second (and final) part of Slow Robot's SECRET WARS II UK cover gallery.

OCO = Official Crossover as defined by house-ads and cover splash.

ISSUE 51
21 June 1986

Reprints US DAREDEVIL 223 (October 1985) [OCO]

ISSUE 52
28 June 1986

Reprints the first half of US IRON MAN 200 (November 1985)

ISSUE 53
5 July 1986

Reprints the cover and second half of US IRON MAN 200 (November 1985)

ISSUE 54
12 July 1986

Cover and contents reprinted from (the classic) US FANTASTIC FOUR (December 1985).  This appears earlier in the UK continuity than the US.

ISSUE 55
19 July 1986

Reprinted from US FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL 19 part one.

ISSUE 56
26 July 1986

Reprinted from US FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL 19 part two.
Continued in SECRET WARS II SPECIAL Number two.

ISSUE 57
2 August 1986

Cover and contents reprinted from US SECRET WARS II 4 (October 1985)

ISSUE 58
9 August 1986

Reprints US DAZZLER 40 (November 1985) [OCO]

ISSUE 59
16 August 1986

Reprints cover and contents from US THE AVENGERS 261 (November 1985) [OCO]

AWOL: 
US ALPHA FLIGHT 28 (November 1985) [OCO]
US ROM 72 (November 1985) [OCO]

ISSUE 60
23 August 1986

ISSUE 61
BACK COVER

Reprints US SECRET WARS II issue 5 (November 1985)

The wrap-around cover, originally created for US MARVEL AGE ANNUAL 1 (1985) by Kerry Gammill and Tom Morgan, was part of Marvel UK's celebration of Marvel's 25th anniversary.

ISSUE 62
30 August 1986

Reprints US THE THING 30 (December 1985)

The framing device used on the cover also appeared on US Marvel books dated November 1986 (therefore on-sale Summer 1986).  Captain Britain and Megan were added to the design in the space left blank to accommodate the UPC barcode box on US books.  The Thing artwork is from the cover of US FANTASTIC FOUR 296 (November 1986).

ISSUE 62
6 September 1986

Reprints US DOCTOR STRANGE 74 (December 1985) [OCO]

ISSUE 63
13 September 1986

Reprints cover and contents from US CLOAK AND DAGGER 4 (January 1986)

AWOL: US THE INCREDIBLE HULK 312 (October 1985) [OCO]

ISSUE 64
20 September 1986

Reprints cover and contents from US SECRET WARS II 6 (December 1985)

The free gift was one of the sticker badges originally given away with the first eleven issues. Different copies of the same issue apparently featured different character badges.

ISSUE 65
27 September 1986

Cover and contents reprinted from US POWER PACK 18 (January 1986) [OCO]

The free gift was another cover-mounted sticker badges.  Remaining stocks were apparently applied randomly with different copies featuring different badges.

This Power Pack story, key to the team's continuity, had already recently appeared in RETURN OF THE JEDI weekly 129 (7 December 1985) -132, making it a relatively recent reprint of a reprint.  ROTJ did not run the second part of the story, originally published in US THOR.

ISSUE 66
4 October 1986

Cover and contents reprinted from US THE MIGHTY THOR 363 (January 1986)

The concluding part of the two-part Power Pack/ Thor story.

The polybagged free gift was the Panini-published SECRET WARS STICKER ALBUM, based on the first Shooter/ Zeck limited series but created by neither (writers and artists are uncredited).  The bag also included a pack of starter stickers with more the following week.

Copies of the album and stickers were also given away with SPIDER-MAN AND ZOIDS and THE TRANSFORMERS dated 4 October 1986.
ISSUE 67
11 October 1986

Cover and contents reprinted from US POWER MAN AND IRON FIST 121 (January 1986)

Free gift: More Panini Secret Wars stickers.

AWOL: US THE MICRONAUTS: THE NEW VOYAGES 16 (January 1986) [OCO]
AWOL: US THE NEW DEFENDERS 151 (January 1986) [OCO]

ISSUE 68
18 October 1986

Reprints US FANTASTIC FOUR 287 (February 1986)


ISSUE 69
25 October 1986

Reprints US FANTASTIC FOUR 288 (March 1986) [OCO]

Is this a rare example of a naked man's arse appearing on the cover of a British comic?



ISSUE 70
1 November 1986

Reprints cover and contents from US SECRET WARS II 7 (January 1986)

ISSUE 71
8 November 1986

Reprints US PETER PARKER THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN 111 (February 1986)

This continues the storyline from SPIDER-MAN AND ZOIDS 33-36.

ISSUE 72
15 November 1986

Reprints US THE UNCANNY X-MEN 202 (February 1986) [OCO]

ISSUE 73
22 November 1986

Cover and contents reprinted from US SECRET WARS II 8 (February 1986)

ISSUE 74
29 November 1986

Cover and contents reprinted from US THE NEW MUTANTS 36 (February 1986) [OCO]

ISSUE 75
6 December 1986

Cover and contents reprinted from US THE NEW MUTANTS 37 (March 1986) [OCO]

ISSUE 76
13 December 1986

Reprints US THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 274 (March 1986). 
Reprint continues in SPIDER-MAN AND ZOIDS 41.
The cover art is from the back cover pin-up/ advert from US ASM 274.

ISSUE 77
20 December 1986

Cover and contents reprinted from US THE AVENGERS 265 (March 1986) [OCO]

ISSUE 78
27 December 1986

Cover and contents from US THE UNCANNY X-MEN 203 (March 1986) [OCO]

ISSUE 79
3 January 1987

Reprints the first half on US SECRET WARS II 8 (March 1986)

ISSUE 80
10 January 1987

Reprints the second half on US SECRET WARS II 8 (March 1986)

Final issue.
Secret Wars II merges with SPIDER-MAN AND ZOIDS from the following week, reprinting the SWII epilogue from THE AVENGERS 265 (April 1986).

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