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Wolverine's Bizarre First Time Meeting Hercules

posted Feb 6, 2018, 7:54 PM by Vu Nguyen
From Ilke

Marvel Comics

It's implied in the article that this tale first saw print in the UK, but I don't think that's the case.


In the early 1970s, Marvel debuted Marvel UK, which was a company designed specifically to sell reprinted versions of Marvel’s US comic books in England. However, in 1976, they decided to branch out and begin doing ORIGINAL material for Marvel UK. They continued to do original material until Marvel UK folded in 1995 when Panini obtained the rights to publish Marvel Comics in England.

In England, comic books were released weekly, so they were short serialized stories that would combine to tell larger stories. Marvel’s comics would then be broken up into installments when reprinted. However, as they began doing original material, there was suddenly now a need for occasional short stories that could be slotted in when space was needed. So Marvel produced a number of short standalone stories that would be inserted into various titles (standalone so that they could be put in whenever needed without having to tie into anything).


In 1980, they released Marvel Treasury Edition #26, which reprinted a few different Hulk stories, but also printed, for the first time in the United States, a Wolverine/Hercules back-up story!