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Star Blazers is also the name for the American dub of the anime series Space Battleship Yamato
The Early Style of Starblazer cover with the single pane colour cover This is Issue 1, released in 1979. Publication information Publisher Schedule Format Genre Publication date Number of issues D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd Monthly Ongoing series Science fiction April 1979 – January 1991 281
Starblazer - Space Fiction Adventure in Pictures was a British small-format comics anthology in black and white published by D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd.
There were 281 issues, the first published in April 1979, and the last published on 1 January 1991. The front cover was printed in colour while the back page featured an ongoing subject that was relevant to the space programme. This included pictures of astronauts and brief details of the missions they were on, other subjects were satellites and the planets and planetoids of the solar system. Issues 1 - 3 were issued on a 1 issue per month basis. From issue 4, there were two issues a month, this continued until the series reached its end in 1991. Partway through its run, from issue 168 onwards, the anthology changed format. Instead of a single front cover and a black and white subject on the back, a new all-colour 'wrap around' cover was instituted, most of the time showing a collage of subjects from that issue's storyline. The subject matters also appeared to have a more adult emphasis and there was a heavier focus on Fantasy storylines. The cover title also changed format slightly to Starblazer - Fantasy Fiction in Pictures, despite the title change, there were still a considerable number of Science Fiction storylines up till the final issue.
but whether this is true or not. Also. which had a wrap around effect. There were also a number of European and South American artists who did other work in British comics like Enrique Alcatena. John Radford and John Ridgway. basically a reprint of the old issues. There have been rumours that DC Thomson would release an anthology. An exhibition was held in Dundee in 2009 to mark the 30th anniversary of the title and attracted comics creators like Alan Grant and Warren Ellis.Starblazer 2 Prior to the new format. Featured artists and writers British comics creators to have worked on Starblazer include Grant Morrison. there had been several issues that had been classed as interactive fiction. A hard cover version of the licensed Starblazer role-playing game was released by Cubicle 7 in June 2009. There also seems to have been a reuse of artwork. Mike Chinn. The later style of Starblazer cover from Issue 200. Mike McMahon. Also showing an emphasis on Fantasy storylines. Colin MacNeil. as yet. and whether this would be the complete print run is.0 system. The game was released by Cubicle 7 in August 2008. a slump in the Science Fiction genre would not have helped sales either. this was the first appearance of the Kingdom of Anglerre. many newsagents never stocked them. The Starblazer role-playing game was nominated for three Ennies in July 2009. Due to a downturn in the general comic market. at Gen Con Indianapolis .Space (or Fantasy) roleplaying game in pictures similar in idea to the then popular Fighting Fantasy and Lone Wolf gamebooks. For example. Walter Cyril Henry Reed. but the pose itself has been used in a previous issue. or later would only take subscriptions. being rare in parts of Scotland and almost unknown in the rest of the United Kingdom. End of run and the future The Starblazer issues suffered from poor distribution. but this idea was quietly dropped after a few issues when it proved unpopular. Cam Kennedy. with the title Starblazer . some character poses were reused with different faces and clothing. An item like this could look very different in one frame than it does in other parts of the same issue. John Smith. . unknown. This contrasts sharply with the Commando comics from the same publisher that have enjoyed countrywide widespread distribution since their origin in the 1960s. In May 2007 Cubicle 7 Entertainment announced that they were producing a licensed Starblazer role-playing game using the FATE 3. Artistic peculiarities It was not uncommon for artwork to differ from frame to frame for something like a spacecraft.
Hadron Halley first appeared in issue number 50-Moonsplitter. He subsequently reappeared in issue 26-Alien Contact. because his home world is a heavier gravity world. follows the team of Lieutenant Steve Martin and his squad of misfits. A member of the Fi-Sci (Fighting Scientists). but also enter combat areas. which also saw the first appearance of General Larz Pluto who would later become Halley's commanding officer and friend. Completely self-sufficient in space. Issue appearances are as follows. who appeared in issue number 5-The Shipeater. having been fully trained in combat and survival techniques. The first appearance was in issue 49-Rigel Express. featured a character called Steve Martin. he can establish a telepathic style link with Isak. Verringer rebuilt his body. The Terry surname was also used in a couple of early pages in issue 75 Doomrock but it changed by the end of that issue. • 42-The Immortals • 52-The Mask of Fear • 94-The Megaloi Menace Hadron Halley. complete with a robot named Isak which can remotely control ship functions. Due to an implant that Tallis has. a part of Earths Galac Squad. Armed with a wide variety of weapons the Planet Tamer operates outside the normal jurisdiction of the law. by W. The remainder of his crew. though he is not the same character. The whole side of his body was practically destroyed by a bomb that had been planted by a criminal by the name of Trent. he had a sled built at a ship engineers that he can control remotely. Matt Tallis is an investigator/agent for the Galactic Security Service. The resulting damage left him effectively unable to live a normal life. Tallis has his own ship. Formerly known as Jubal McKay. a number of characters made reappearances in subsequent issues. Gunner Gee. He is stronger than the Earth normal. As the issues went on. H. integrating weapons and computer systems into his suit. a member of the United Planets Security Service who was rebuilt by cyberneticist Dr Hans Verringer. Martin became increasingly sickened by war. Issue number 31. and Navigator Henry also had issues. especially the human cost.Starblazer 3 Recurring characters Although each issue was intended to be a 'one-off' storyline. Reed. Later issues used the Martin surname and no explanation was ever given for the change. The Fighting Scientists are a small group of scientists who are extremely intelligent. • 49-Rigel Express • 75-Doomrock • 122-Alien Invasion • 154-The Suicide Squad • 162-The D Team The Planet Tamer. Starstrike. Vidop (Computer operator) Bello. Steve Martin was called Steven Terry in that issue. Other recurring characters include:The Suicide Squad. Martin himself apparently was disgraced and his active military career was finished. One of the more irregular and short lived of the reused characters. This series of stories. the Taurus. • 40-Planet Tamer • 57-Galactic Lawman • 90-Return of the Planet Tamer Matt Tallis. • • • • 50-Moonsplitter 54-The Torturer of Triton II 62-Terror Tomb 77-Fortress of Fear • 81-The Serpents of Sirius • 109-The Sword of Solek . The first of these was Matt Crane. C.
although she is not averse to using ranged weapons like laser blasters. Kayns first appearance in Issue 45-Operation Overkill makes no mention of his accident. the female warrior from the planet of Babalon who helps him in a case to the abandoned research city of Valhalla Nova on the ice planet of Thrymheim. The most distinctive features of her.Starblazer • 121-Nightmare Ship • 146-Knight of Darkness • 185-The Warlord of Laama Mikal R Kayn. Her character started in the Kayn stories. and three striped marks on her face which could be tribal style tattoos. who also became a semi-recurring character in two of the Cinnibar issues. Curiously enough. A former police officer who was invalided out of the force after an explosion burned out his eyes. they do have a touch of humour to them. from which the present population has descended. Cinnibar is a tall statuesque. • 176-Grok and Zero • 184-The Return of Grok and Zero • 217-The Pirates of Penz-Anz • 221-Beastworld • 244-Double Trouble . She has a cousin. As Kayn once remarked. One of the earlier series with a lighter tone to it. Grok is a humanoid alien. Earth is not the origin of the human race. it is obvious that it is the same character. it is in fact a planet called Cappella VI. only that he is a former law enforcement officer. Vivanna. A fierce female warrior from the frontier planet of Babalon. he remembered that "Babalonians had found methods to kill practically anything that moves". However. He eventually meets Cinnibar. but slender woman who looks human. In this universe. His partner is injured in the first appearance and he gets assigned a new partner by the name of Smith. She had three spin off stories involving herself and her brother Rulf who also had made his first appearance in a Kayn story. who he dubs 'Zero' which is derived from his service number. is her extremely long hair. or his disability. although it has regressed somewhat. Without the aid of special glasses he can only see in the infrared spectrum. • 216-Trouble in Babalon • 253-Revolt on Babalon • 264-Banished From Babalon Grok and Zero. She favours combat with traditional style weapons like swords. Earth having been the location of a crash of a colony ship some centuries before. an experienced Space Policeman. While some of the stories themselves are serious in nature. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 45-Operation Overkill 127-The Death Reaper 167-Mind Bender 173-The Vegas Murders 177 The Midas Mystery 199-Nether World 203-Wipe Out 207-Citizen Kayn 211-The Dream Machine 219-Till Death Do Us Part 225-Supercop 247-Kayn's Quest 252-Head Case 256-Convict Kayn 258-Computer Killer 266-Badlands 4 Cinnibar.
instory though. • • • • 190-The Power of the Warlocks 241-Revenge of the Warlocks 267-Skald-The Saga Continues 274-Skald-The Ultimate Conflict The Anglerre Series. When Skald. He has a starship that he can remotely summon. His companion is a robot that goes by the simple name of Droid. Lashing out in anger. and the constant struggle for this technology. in effect. a member of the matriarchal Yaba-Kel tribe. is that much of the galaxy is in a state of lawlessness. An intergalactic freelance troubleshooter. • 186-Starhawk • 201-Return of Starhawk • 222-Target. The setting is the crumbling Earth Empire which has been ravaged by years of raiding from the alien Krell. the Amazonian warrioress. Starhawk also made a number of brief appearances in DC Thomsons Hotspur annual. but not quite enough to be called a cyborg. Frank Carter was a perfectly normal police officer until he received a gun blast to the head. he kills one of the warlocks and flees the area. a young herder finds out that he is to receive the 'collar of manhood'. This series of issues set in the fantasy kingdom of Anglerre follows the royal family and their conflict against various aggressors. both . King Iagon. The result. More commonly referred to as just 'Carter'. Strangely enough. his real name is Sol Rynn. The first appearance. Starhawk was one of the flagship stories in the short-lived DC Thomson comic Crunch. The severe head wound meant that pioneering cybernetic surgery was tried.Starhawk Skald. The warlocks use energy weapons to dispense their own brand of justice and keep the population enslaved by fear. His background is revealed in a later issue. The Skald series of stories initially is set in the region of a castle where the population are enslaved by powerful 'warlocks'.Starblazer • 278-Zero's Hour Frank Carter. Later he meets with Linx. in issue 200 of Prince Veyne was followed by a later issue which was a prequel showing Veyne's father. He answers distress calls from those in need who use a special card which slots into a computer interface. he is a mandroid. and some would say overly brutal methods are constantly bringing him into conflict with his superiors. Many elements of the Skald stories centre around the fact that an Earth colony ship crash landed on the planet and advanced technology found its way into the hands of a select few people. basically a life sentence in the mines performing hard labour.. part robotic. • • • • • • • • • • 179 Mandroid 191-Carter's Law 215-Carter and the Killer 220-Time Warp 228-The Secret of Ice Mountain 237-Rough Justice 239-Desolation City 243-Death Run 245-Rogue Mandroid 260-Carter Breaks Loose 5 • 265-The Termination • 272-Carter's Fury • 280 Carter and the Crazies Starhawk.. His basic no-nonsense attitude to lawbreakers. King Iagon had been vaguely referred to in Issue 200. little background is given to the Krell themselves and the backstory of conflict between the Krell and that of Earth is never elaborated on. He was given enhanced strength and reactions. but the part of his brain that contained emotions had been destroyed. he rebels.
uk/starblazer. With its body destroyed at the end of the story. to protect them. The charter of his vessel. It's computerised mind had been loaded with all sorts of clichés and popular saying from Western films. htm)  (http:/ / www. who will make its user invincible. grants him ownership of a planet. htm)  Exhibition to mark comic’s anniversary (http:/ / www. uk/ Article.com/startitles. • 204-The Robot Kid • 232-The Return of the Robot Kid • 273-The Robot Kid Strikes Back Notes  (http:/ / www. This series charts the adventures of Solo. One of the more humorous series of stories that later appeared. The initial story had the townsfolk try to buy a Kelso Deathmek. 2009 References • Starblazer (http://www.htm) . Cerastes. aspx/ 1287082). and another character who bore a resemblance to Lee Van Cleef in The Good. a war robot. July 1.20m. the Telurian Quest. Merlin. The initial Robot Kid story was set on a frontier planet under attack from bandits. Solo was reared by an onboard android who educated him with tales of chivalry. Unfortunately. In the issue Demon Sword. and a ship named the 'Royal Iagon'.britishcomics. he finds that his planet is already inhabited as faster than light capable ships were launched some years after the Telurian ships. The whole story had a quasi-western feel to it.saladoth. com/ starblazer. cubicle-7. cubicle-7. The third and final appearance was a parody of the Rambo-style movies. Myrdan at one point seems to merge with Vishena. A recurring character within this series is that of Myrdan. there were homages throughout the issue with a character by the name of Angel Eyes. What they got was a reprogrammed cinema usher.org/series/32580) at the Grand Comics Database • Starblazer (http://comicbookdb. The Press and Journal. The nature of Anglerre's opponents seems to make heavy use of Demons.php?ID=16756) at the Comic Book DB External links • Issues list (http://www. Indeed.co. Therefore Solo has a rather archaic way of looking at things and is also naive. com/ starblazer.htm) • A review of Starblazer (http://www. the sole human survivor of a cryogenic sleeper ship. co. a seemingly immortal figure of unspecified power who could said to have been inspired by both Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings and King Arthur's court adviser. which hints that he could be an avatar of the god.comics.britishcomics. pressandjournal.htm) • Pictures of some of the covers (http://www.demon. • • • • • 200-Demon Sword 224-Rune 231-Godstone 250-Sun Prince 271-The Triune Warrior 6 Solo.com/starpics.20m. • 202-Lord of the Far Planet • 229-Solo's Quest The Robot Kid. the replacement body was manufactured by the Japanese arm of the company and was a parody of the many martial arts movies.Starblazer by saying that Veyne had just ascended to the throne on the death of his father. the Bad and the Ugly. but will also kill its wielder after an unspecified period of time. Much of the storyline of the Royal House of Anglerre is entwined with the god Vishena and the Demon Sword.com/title.
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