A universe of heroes and villains as complex as the output of Marvel and DC seemed to disappear from British news-stands almost overnight in the mid-seventies. At last the story of what really happened can be told.
We learn that all of these characters really did exist, but, along with their peculiar weapons and costumes, have been rounded up by a frightened Government and interred in a maximum security asylum. Naturally - where else would these bizarre figures, who would probably cause most of Marvel and DCs lot to soil their tights, end up?
|This full page art is typical of Albion's attention to detail. |
There are several familiar mechanical British comic characters in this scene,
including the Steel Commando (far right) and Monster Fun's Dough Nut and Rusty on the steps.
The authorities were incapable of containing such forces of chaos alone, so employed none other than the Spider himself (see http://fasmatodea.blogspot.co.nz/2015/05/stiff-upper-strips-part-3-eterno-affairs.html) to do their dirty work, before betraying and imprisoning him with the rest.
|The Spider messes with his captor's heads...|
|Robot Archie to the rescue!|
The opportunity is taken to provide some of them with an origin story - Captain Hurricane is revealed to be essentially another scientifically-augmented Captain America, as seen through an extremely distorted lense, while three contradictory but equally fascinating (and dubious) accounts are offered for the Spider's beginnings. Meanwhile, my old Shiver and Shake favourite Grimly Feendish is shown to be a far more disturbing figure than ever before, as are his constant companions - the 'squelchies'.
|Grimly Feendish and his Squelchies - depicted in a rather more sinister |
fashion than his comic origins (inset upper right)
"Don't be afraid of these wonderful freaks. Instead revel in them...revel in their absurdity, in their power. They are us at our bravest and best!"
|Safely behind bars? Hardly...|