Much to my surprise (but... cue: warm feeling inside) STARLOGGED gets a positive mention, as a place for all things MARVEL UK, in the new issue of BACK ISSUE magazine (the International Heroes issue which, amongst many excellent articles, includes pieces on the launch of CAPTAIN BRITAIN, Spider-man's mid-eighties sojourn to the UK and the Annex Of Ideas in general.
Hopefully this will bring in a few new readers hitherto unaware STARLOGGED existed. Welcome one and all.
To make life a little easier, here are some of the key posts that you might find good starting points for diving into the massive Marvel UK back catalog:
THE (ALMOST) COMPLETE HISTORY OF MARVEL UK
A chronological overview of the ongoing series published between 1972 and 1996 or thereabouts. There's plenty that will surprise all but the most ardent collectors of the British Bullpen.
MARVEL UK IN THE USA
From the late 1980s onwards, and peaking with the 'Genesis' line in 1992-94, the British Bullpen made various excursions across the Atlantic in the hopes of gaining a foothold. The occasional incursions (like Death's Head and G.I. Joe European Missions) became a deluge... which ended suddenly with the behind-the-scenes Genesis Massacre.
PART ONE: HERE
PART TWO: HERE
SPIDER-MAN'S ADVENTURES IN THE UK
For four short weeks, the British Bullpen relocated the Web Slinger to London (and Birmingham) for a made-in-the-UK adventure.
THE HULK IN THE UK
The Green Goliath was a mainstay of the British Bullpen from the very beginning (indeed much earlier: the first commissioned-outside-the-States Marvel strip was a done-in-one Hulk adventures published in the UK in the late Sixties) and his career here (including several solo titles) is chronicled HERE.
THE FANTASTIC FOUR IN THE UK
Marvel's first family were also here from the start (part of the dream team line-up alongside Spider-man and the Hulk in THE MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL issue 1) and subsequently appeared in numerous British comics.
MARVEL UK'S POCKET BOOKS
Published between 1980 and 1982, these black and white A5 digests are a whole sub-section of the M-UK pantheon.
MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS: THE BRITISH EDITION
If you thought you'd read the whole SECRET WARS saga in one of the numerous book releases... think again. The Annex of Ideas gave their own spin to the superhero slam jam.
PART ONE: HERE
PART TWO: HERE
PART THREE: HERE
PART FOUR: HERE
PART FIVE: HERE
There are hundreds (thousands?) of individual posts dedicated to MARVEL UK: you'll find obscure one-shots, ongoing series, covers, house ads, free gifts, editorial, company paperwork. All sorts. Just click on the MARVEL UK link at the bottom of any relevant post and start your explorations.
The STARLOGGED 'mission' is to chronicle Geek Media from the Star Age (that pre-millennial period, from the Seventies onwards) that had STAR WARS and the other contemporary space epics (and not-so-epics) at its core, so you'll find plenty else outside of M-UK to grab your interest.
Comments and contributions are always welcomed.