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Spider-Man Annual (1974)

Spider-Man Annual (1974)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Superhero

Publisher: Panini Comics

Writer: Various

Artist: Various

Publication date: 1974

Status: Completed

Views: 50,887


Having appeared previously in Pow! Annuals and one TV21 Annual, Spider-Man finally headlined his own U.K. annual in 1974. Initially published by Grandreams in conjunction with Marvel UK, the annuals reprinted US Spider-Man tales from various different Spidey titles, alongside features and games. In the 1980s new illustrated text stories were also included in several annuals. The annuals skipped 1987 and 1988, then stopped after 1993 for a few more years, before returning in 1996 and 1997, hoping the extra interest generated by the UK showing of the 1994 Spider-Man cartoon would boost sales.

The annuals then took a break again until 2002, when the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man movie came out, again raising public interest in the character. Since then there has been a Spider-Man Annual each year, published by Marvel's current UK license holder, Panini; the 2007 annual (cover dated 2008) was renamed as Spider-Man 3 Annual, to tie in with the third Maguire movie's release, but the name reverted back a year later.


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