As I’ve written previously, Marvel started its British publishing arm in 1972. Prior to that though, Marvel material was reprinted over here by several publishers. Alan Class reprinted some very early Lee, Kirby and Ditko tales (alegedly, Class bought the original printing plates, and, in some cases, the printing in his magazines is superior to that of the original Marvel comics). Later, Power Comics bagan a well-remembered line of comics, some of which had Marvel reprints. Still later, that venerable old comic, The Eagle, reprinted a few of Lee and Kirby’s Tales of Asgard. Finally, in 1971, Fleetway picked up the reprint rights for Spider-Man and the Silver Surfer, running them in their TV21 comic.
Fleetway butchered the material, reformating panels to a standard size and fitting several of the US pages onto a single page of TV21. To do this panels would sometimes have to be crudely redrawn to extend them.
Here are some samples:
See that picture of the Thing up there, left-hand corner? Here’s a better look:
Jack Kirby and John Buscema must be spinning in their graves. While the Marvel UK reprints often left something to be desired, at least they were a step up from this!!
Here, Daniel of the Oh Danny Boy blog, takes a look at some more of these British and Australian wonders: