(October 14, 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; untinted pages are 7/8, 13/14, 27/28 and 33/34; however, these pages, while without the bright green inking of the rest of the comic, have an eerie very pale green hue overall.


The Search for the Hulk! (Table of Contents)

Hulk / cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jim Starlin
Inks:
Joe Sinnott
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hulk; The Fantastic Four; Spider-Man

Indexer Notes

Pencils and inks credits from Nick Caputo via the GCD Error List (15 March 2007).

The Search for the Hulk (Table of Contents: 1)

The Incredible Hulk / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Hulk [Bruce Banner]; Rick Jones; General Thunderbolt Ross; Betty Ross; Igor (death); the Gargoyle (introduction)
Synopsis:
Igor, the captured spy, secretly contacts his master, the malformed Soviet scientist known as the Gargoyle, and informs him of the Hulk's existence. At nightfall, Banner's worst fears are realised and he transforms again, only to be captured by the Gargoyle, and he and Rick are taken to Russia. Journeying east towards the rising sun, however, triggers the Hulk's change back to Banner. Dr Banner realises he can cure the Gargoyle's affliction, and in return the now-normal scientist gives Bruce and Rick their freedom. After they leave, the Gargoyle destroys his stronghold and seemingly himself.
Reprints:
  • US from The Incredible Hulk (Marvel, 1962 series) #1 (May 1962), #1 (May 1962) [Last 3 panels of story page 18 omitted, to allow top 3 panels of p.19 to replace them, making room on p.19 for bottom panels of p.20], #1 (May 1962) [Remaining title-panel of Part 5 on p.20 omitted - combined with the other changes noted, this effectively removes p.20 from the reprint altogether]

Indexer Notes

References to "comrade", the "Iron Curtain" etc. are removed/rewritten throughout, in an attempt to eliminate the Cold War anti-Soviet tone. A fine example of this attempt is story page 23, final panel, where the Gargoyle addresses a portrait of (presumably) Nikita Khrushchev - in this reprint, the portrait is given a moustache and a nameplate is added above the picture, which can be partially read: "IG BROTHE".
This story covers pages 2-9 and 13-16 of the comic.

The Mighty World of Marvel Pin-Up Page! (Table of Contents: 2)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee ? (see notes)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
George Klein
Colors:
Stan Goldberg
Letters:
John Duffy ? (see notes)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Thing
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

A colour reprint of the pin-up from Fantastic Four #2, January 1962. Most of the text on the page is as the original, but some has been rewritten (writer and letterer unknown).
This covers page 10, within the Hulk story.

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

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

Script:
? (see notes)
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
Jack Kirby ?
Colors:
? (see notes)
Letters:
? (see notes)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Incredible Hulk

Indexer Notes

A colour reprint of the cover of Incredible Hulk #1, May 1962. Only the art is reproduced; all cover text is removed and new text added (writer and letterer unknown). Also, the colouring has been redone throughout, the Hulk's grey skin being recoloured green for instance.
This covers page 11, within the Hulk story.

Football Shirts (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Fantastic Four Meet the Mole Man! (Table of Contents: 5)

The Fantastic Four / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Jack Kirby
Inks:
George Klein
Letters:
George Klein; Christopher Rule ?; Sol Brodsky ? (alterations)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Fantastic Four [Mr. Fantastic [Reed Richards]; the Thing [Ben Grimm]; Invisible Girl [Sue Storm]; Human Torch [Johnny Storm]]; Mole Man [Moleman] (introduction); Monsters of Monster Isle
Synopsis:
Atomic plants disappear all around the world. Reed Richards pinpoints a place which is at the same distance from them all: Monster Isle. Travelling there in their private jet, the team soon discover the island lives up to its name. A cave-in sends Reed and Johnny plummeting into the realm of the man behind the monsters and the plants' destruction: the Moleman, an embittered, half-blind refugee from the surface world. He reveals his plan to destroy that world to his captives, just before Ben and Sue stage a rescue; the FF escape, and the Moleman destroys the island, sealing himself below.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

As well as small edits here and there, the part heading on story page 20 ("The Moleman's Secret!") has been omitted, although the panel itself remains untouched. Another interesting edit is the removal of Ben's bitter comments about Reed in panel 4 of story page 21.
This story covers pages 17-19, 22-24, 26-29 and 32-33 of the issue.

The World's Wildest Free Gift Offer! (Table of Contents: 6)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Mr Fantastic [Reed Richards]

Indexer Notes

This is a full-colour centrespread covering pages 20 and 21 (within the Fantastic Four story), in which Mr Fantastic [Reed Richards] explains again about the "Mighty Marvel mystery gift", whereby, once eight of the weekly coupons have been collected, they can be mailed in, for the free gift.
Contains Coupon no. 2.
Meanwhile, this week's clue to the nature of the gift is: "It's as colourful as a rainbow!"

Get These Star Gifts with Action Man (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Mighty World of Marvel Pin-Up Page! (Table of Contents: 8)

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

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

Genre:
superhero

Indexer Notes

This is a full-colour reprint of the cover of Fantastic Four #2, January 1962. As with other such pin-up pages, all the original cover text has been removed, and new text written (writer and letterer unknown). As in MWoM #1, the cover is presented here as a "sizzling scene from NEXT WEEK'S "Fantastic Four" thriller", as a teaser. The colouring has also been redone.
This covers page 30 of the issue, within the Fantastic Four story.

Scramble! (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Spider-Man (Table of Contents: 10)

Spider-Man / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Lee
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Letters:
Jon D'Agostino [as Johnny Dee]

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Spider-Man [Peter Parker]; J. Jonah Jameson (Introduction); The Burglar (Flashback); May Parker; Flash Thompson; Liz Allen; John Jameson (Introduction)
Synopsis:
After thinking over his origin, Peter Parker contemplates using his powers to commit crimes, when he realises how impoverished his Aunt May has become without Ben. Deciding instead to return to his performing act to raise money, he soon discovers that keeping his identity secret is a major barrier to cashing checks. Meanwhile, publisher J. Jonah Jameson begins his campaign against the "public menace" of Spider-Man, presenting his test-pilot son John as a "real" hero. Jameson's editorials put paid to Spidey's TV career, leaving Peter frustrated at his inability to help out his aunt.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

In an unusual editing oversight, the reference to "the Ant Man" in panel 6 of story page 5 is left intact here, despite that hero not being introduced yet into the Marvel UK universe.
This story covers pages 34-39 of the issue.

The Mighty World of Marvel Pin-Up Page! (Table of Contents: 11)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Spider-Man

Indexer Notes

This is a full-colour pin-up of Spider-Man, on the back cover (page 40) of the issue. It depicts Spidey swinging above a city street on a web-line, a man clutched under his left arm. People are gaping and pointing up at him from the street, while in the bottom left corner a startled, bespectacled man is looking out of a window. The artwork style looks to me (no great expert) to be Ditko, but its source is unknown. As with other pin-ups in this issue, it's very likely that most or all of the original text has been replaced; perhaps an indication of this may be that the typeface for the large "SPIDER-MAN" element of the text is the same soon to be used for the front-cover title of Spider-Man Comics Weekly. Any help identifying the source would be appreciated.

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Search for the Hulk!
    Hulk
  2. 1. The Search for the Hulk
    The Incredible Hulk
  3. 2. The Mighty World of Marvel Pin-Up Page!
  4. 3. The Mighty World of Marvel Pin-Up Page!
  5. 4. Football Shirts
  6. 5. The Fantastic Four Meet the Mole Man!
    The Fantastic Four
  7. 6. The World's Wildest Free Gift Offer!
  8. 7. Get These Star Gifts with Action Man
  9. 8. The Mighty World of Marvel Pin-Up Page!
  10. 9. Scramble!
  11. 10. Spider-Man
    Spider-Man
  12. 11. The Mighty World of Marvel Pin-Up Page!
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