Wednesday, April 3, 2013
A Good Lion Front Cover
I was browsing the Internet the other day when I came across a photograph of the above Lion comic on ebay. The cover of this comic might not strike you as important or unique in any particular way, but it is a good cover.
Now I'll show you another Lion cover, from the 1980 annual.
It wasn't just the front cover that was reprinted; a majority of the contents was as well, as the annual featured a whole host of well-known characters such as Robot Archie, Phantom Force Five and Adam Eterno, to name a few. Here you can see the page hasn't been properly resized from the original comic to fit the annuals larger pages. Sorry about the blurry photo, but it should still show the page size.
Looking through, and it seems that most, if not all, of the contents is reprinted, which is not surprising considering Lion folded five years before the annual was printed (six years before the cover date), but even so I always thought Fleetway produced new artwork for their covers. Obviously they just wanted to make as much money as possible from the annual and that was the way to do it. The sales of Lion annuals were slipping by this point and they'd only continue to make them for another three years, the last one (dated 1983), arriving in time for the Christmas of 1982.