Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fandom Library: Rampage #1!

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As many of you know (certainly Manic Man, for one), until relatively recently, Marvel Comics weren't published in the same format in the UK as they were in the USA. Often, there would be color covers on the UK books, with black and white interiors. Some of the books would be monthly, some weekly (were there any biweekly books?). Because of the formatting, sometimes a story would be split between two issues, with a new splash page for the second part created. And sometimes, there would be a title that was completely different from anything Marvel did in the USA, for purposes of creating a nice variety of features inside. Here's Rampage #1!

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2 comments:

  1. Ah yes, Rampage.. lead to comics like The Daredevils which was canned at issue 11, or something like that, before merging into 'Might World of Marvel' (Marvel UK`s first title).. a Few years back, they brough Rampage back.. There was also Fantastic.

    Mostly, they were weekly but there were the odd Fortnightly one.

    Other then spliting some stories up into two or sometimes, three parts, for a while, they did a bit of panel editing. Panels would be trimed, re-arranged and resized to fit more on each page in 'UK' comic style (we have bigger pages ^_^). This was done by the editors of TV21 when reprinting Marvel stories like Spider-man, Ringo Kid, Silver Surfer and Homer the happy Ghost. Later, Dez Skinn did it for many of the marvel UK titles he worked on. Without doubt checking, this pages seam to have gotten off pretty lightly, but then, it was done on every comic of every title

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  2. MM, I believe that it was more a matter of the page sizes being in different proportions, such as the difference between your A4 and our Letter, for example.

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