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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 01 February 2018 at 2:06pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Here's the details:


This wasn't a regular buy for me - due to distribution and wanting to buy other titles instead - but over its lifetime, I picked up 4-5 issues. 

In this day and age, people have everything: Blu-rays, satellite airings, spin-offs, streaming, etc. And a STAR WARS movie every year. But imagine the late 70s/early 80s, where you were waiting an eternity for a film to be released. Under those circumstances, the only "extras" you got were the likes of STAR WARS WEEKLY.
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Hey, it may have taken a little longer but at least they got Vader's color correct in the UK.

It took me several months before I got to see the movie (fall '77) so the Topp's trading cards helped to placate me also.


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Robbie Parry
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I can't recall which issue of STAR WARS WEEKLY it was, but after they'd reprinted the adaption of A NEW HOPE, they began featuring the new stories and I think the first story was titled "New Planets, New Foes" (or something akin to that). I remember thinking, 'Wow, totally new adventures!'
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I really enjoyed reading Dark Horseís WILD SPACE omnibus, which collected the stories exclusive to the UKís STAR WARS WEEKLY. It was like finding ďlostĒ issues of the old Marvel series, complete with Infantino art.
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Star Wars weekly was a treasure trove of Marvelís cosmic characters. We got Warlock, Star Lord and a bevy of others through itís various runs.
Still have every issue.

The weirdest thing was that the final issue was the story from US Star Wars 106 - it just.....stops. I had to hunt issue 107 down as it was non-distributed in the UK
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Robbie Parry
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Still have every issue.

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James Woodcock
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I actually think I'm not that far from where you live Robbie. I'm in Wednesbury. Likewise Bill Collins is not too far away either
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I'm about 11 miles from there, James. :)
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Rebecca Jansen
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We had a paper and sweets shop here that offered various British comics. I remember seeing a lot of wacky Beano sorts, a lot of military/war types, and many with girls' names for titles... but what I was after there was the Dr. Who Weekly which I got from the first issue! They used to keep titles for you. I did also have some of the later Star Wars Weeklies with Star Lord, and something with old DC reprints under fancy air-brushed covers. I also bought some hardbound annuals there... did you get the hardbound Star Wars Annual too?
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Yes Rebecca, we had hard bound Star Wars annuals. We also had soft cover summer and winter specials.

The Dc comic you mention was an attempt to replicate The Mighty World of Marvel and Rampage which were two Marvel monthlies
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The various British Star Wars releases had some great cover art. I'm starting to remember some Planet Of The Apes and other Marvels vaguely, maybe just saw them but I'm sure I had something with the Hulk and Wolverine reprinted in it. Going to have to look for a UK-Marvel-wiki or something. I've actually kept all the Doctor Who summer and winter specials, but of the regular issues kept only those where it was a monthly with more pages and text.

I'm still reading that Starlogged post! I was never a huge Star Wars fan, didn't see the movie until some kind of return engagement in 1978 (and I had gotten to see Logan's Run when it was shiny new), but I think Archie Goodwin's stories got me more interested.
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 Rebecca Jansen wrote:
I'm starting to remember some Planet Of The Apes...

Here ya go:


 Rebecca Jansen wrote:
...and many with girls' names for titles

Was this one of them?



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Rebecca Jansen
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The girl name comic papers were like Tracy and Penelope. I feel badly for any girl named Bunty! Then again, Prunella Scales went on to do really well...

I did have a Mike Ploog drawn Planet Of The Apes Weekly but the story was impossible to get into from one small part. I'd like to be able to read an arc of them someday. A lot of comics I had earlier before caring if they stayed in one piece were handed down from older relatives and/or traded among other kids, some one of whom still had a thick Brit accent. Generally the best U.S. Scamps, Ducks, Supergirls and Shazams stayed with me as no-traders, but I'd still cut out pictures from those non-essential covers.
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My only trip out of the US was a three-week visit to Northern Ireland, where we stayed with my paternal grandmother. The 'non-family' highlight of that trip was visiting the two newsagents within walking distance of Grandma's place, as well as stopping into sveal others in other towns we visited along the way. One of the two in Dad's hometown was owbed by an old school buddy of his, while the other was unfortunately blown up in 'The Troubles' not long after our visit(as far as I knew, the owner wasn't in there at the time).
I had a little stack of everything from DANDY and BEANO regular issues, 'pocket comics and specials, to 'Roy of the Rovers', 'School Fun', 'Scream', 'Battle',  a TV COMIC ANNUAL, the obligatory copies of the latest Doctor Who Monthly, 'Mighty World of Marvel', a ROTJ weekly, a couple Spider-Man weekies, a couple of 'Superman Spectaculars', featuring stories done especially for the UK, and not available in the States...and even a few American editions of Batman and Superboy...which had been on sale two months earlier 'back home', but since they were the only ones I could find, I got 'em!
Too bad none of it survived to this century,,,
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Ah, the good old two to three month delay in co,itís arriving in the U.K. because they came over on ships.

Caused me no end of confusion when they would say the next issue would be out on a date that passed two months before - would that be next year? This thing was only published once per year?
This was back in the time when I could only get American comics from the seaside - so mid to late Ď70ís.
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Rebecca, those Marvel Planet of the Apes have now been reprinted by Boom Studios:



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Robbie Parry
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Why the hell aren't I notified about these things? ;-))
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I've picked up the first volume Robbie, very nice.
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Suh-weeet! "I love it when a plan comes together." Thanks for that info Richard!
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Robert Kowalewski II
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Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Vol. 2 reprinted some of those stories. Hopefully there will be more unseen on my side of the pond when Vol. 3 comes out...
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Not comics-related, but 40 years ago this month (March), Kenner debuted their first (in a looooooooooooooooooong line) of STAR WARS action figures...

Kids of the '70s were never the same afterwards.

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(Hmm... I think we need to start a separate thread...)






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