(October 7, 1972)

Marvel UK, 1972 Series
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Price:
0.05 GBP
Pages:
40
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Magazine Management London Ltd.
Editing:
Pippa M. Melling
Color:
Colour front and back covers; Black and White with some Colour interior
Dimensions:
Magazine size

Issue Notes

Most pages in this issue are tinted green (the colour chosen to match the Hulk, as Spider-Man Comics Weekly, for its first several issues, was tinted red, to go with parts of Spidey's costume); untinted pages are pages 7/8, 13/14, 27/28, 33/34.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
John Buscema
Inks:
Frank Giacoia ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
Joe Rosen

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hulk; Spider-Man; Human Torch; Mr. Fantastic; Invisible Girl; Thing

Indexer Notes

Pencils and inks credits per Nick Caputo.

The Coming of the Hulk (Table of Contents: 1)

The Incredible Hulk / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Paul Reinman
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Hulk [Bruce Banner] (introduction, origin]; Rick Jones (introduction); General Thunderbolt Ross (introduction); Betty Ross (introduction)
Synopsis:
Scientist Bruce Banner saves a young boy, Rick Jones, from being killed by a nuclear blast but absorbs deadly amounts of gamma radiation which transforms him into a monster dubbed the Hulk. Bruce Banner is scientist by day, but transforms into the Hulk once the sun goes down.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Slight layout changes, typically some top and/or bottoms of panels cropped slightly in height so the pages fit the UK page size.

The two chapters are printed as one in this reprint.

"The Hulk Strikes!" chapter is from the reprint from Marvel Collectors' Item Classics (Marvel, 1965 series) #14, you can tell this due to the text blurb caption at the bottom of the page at the end of the chapter. Also this UK reprint does not reprint "The Hulk Strikes!" 1st splash/title page.

This Hulk story covers pages 2-8 and 12-14.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

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The Mighty World of Marvel Pin-Up Page! (Table of Contents: 3)

cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
George Klein
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Fantastic Four [Mr Fantastic [Reed Richards]; Invisible Girl [Susan Storm]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]; Thing [Ben Grimm]]; Monster from Monster Isle

Indexer Notes

This is a reprint of the cover of Fantastic Four #1, minus all cover text; new text proclaims the scene to be a symbolic one, showing one of the "marauding minions" of the Mole Man; a flash at the bottom of the page announces that readers will meet him next week [as this issue reprints the origin half of FF #1 only]. The cover has been recoloured (for instance, Sue's red dress of the original cover is here coloured blue, as are the Thing's trunks and Reed's entire outfit - this is presumably an attempt to make their clothes resemble the costumes of a little later). Lastly, an extra floor or two has been added to the buildings on the right.
This covers page 10 of the comic, within the Hulk story.

You've a Team to be Proud of - Get a Watch to be Proud of (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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The Fantastic Four (Table of Contents: 5)

The Fantastic Four / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
George Klein
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; the Thing [Ben Grimm]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]] (introduction, origin); the Mayor of Central City
Synopsis:
Mysterious events occur in Central City, as an invisible woman alarms the citizens, a lumpy-skinned monster stalks the streets and a blazing human figure flashes across the sky; these three unearthly people have been summoned to the presence of a fourth, a man with elastic limbs. Once they gather, the tale is told as to how Susan Storm, Ben Grimm, Sue's brother Johnny and Reed Richards gained their strange powers: during an attempt to be the first into space, where their ship's shielding proved ineffective against cosmic rays, and they returned to Earth ... more than human.
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Indexer Notes

Various small changes are made to dialogue in the story: one example is the last panel of story page 7, where the Torch's assessment that the missile "has a nuclear warhead" is amended to "an explosive warhead" (and quite right too); in another example, on story page 9, panel 2, "the commies" becomes "the Russians", while the dialogue in panel 4 is completely omitted. On story page 14, panel 2, the "Americanism" " ... period" is removed, while in panel 5 the shape of the dialogue is altered by changing the first speaker from Sue, to Reed; Ben's speech is then directed not at Sue but at Reed, calling him "a prissy dummy"! Panel 6 then further alters Ben's speech, basically removing all reference to the early notion that Ben was jealous of Reed with regard to Sue. In addition, this editing leads to an alteration on story page 13, panel 8, where Ben credits Reed with naming him "the Thing" rather than Sue.
This story covers pages 15-19 and 22-29.

A Special Message fom Stan Lee (Table of Contents: 6)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

Message from Stan Lee about the launch of Marvel U.K. and details of "The world's greatest free gift offer!": for ten weeks, each issue will bear a numbered coupon - collect eight and mail them in for the gift; along with a coupon, each issue will also carry a clue to the mystery gift. This issue, coupon no. 1 shows the Hulk's face, and the clue is: "It's bigger than a breadbox!"
This centrespread covers pages 20 and 21, within the Fantastic Four story.

Accept This Splendid Encyclopaedia FREE! (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

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Spider-Man (Table of Contents: 8)

Spider-Man / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Letters:
Artie Simek

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Spider-Man [Peter Parker] (introduction, origin); Ben Parker (introduction); Crusher Hogan; Flash Thompson (introduction); Liz Allen (introduction); May Parker (introduction); the Burglar
Synopsis:
Orphan Peter Parker, "professional wallflower", brought up by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben, is bitten by a radioactive spider and gains the proportionate abilities of an arachnid. Making a costume and devising webshooters, he chooses to use those abilities to achieve fame and make money, as Spider-Man, TV star. When he fails to stop a takings thief who runs past him, despite the ease with which he could have done so, his uncle is later killed as a result. He therefore learns to his cost that with great power there must also come great responsibility.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Part 2 title-page [story page 7] omitted.
Story covers pages 31 to 40; page 40 is the back page of the comic and is in colour.

Editing
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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. The Coming of the Hulk
    The Incredible Hulk
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
  4. 3. The Mighty World of Marvel Pin-Up Page!
  5. 4. You've a Team to be Proud of - Get a Watch to be Proud of
  6. 5. The Fantastic Four
    The Fantastic Four
  7. 6. A Special Message fom Stan Lee
  8. 7. Accept This Splendid Encyclopaedia FREE!
  9. 8. Spider-Man
    Spider-Man
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