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Blake's 7: A Marvel Monthly

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First issue of the Marvel Monthly

Based on the popular science fiction TV series Blake's 7, Blake's 7: A Marvel Monthly was published by Marvel UK from October 1981 to August 1983, a grand total of 23 issues (plus a Summer Special in 1981 and 1982 and a Winter Special in 1982). It was a black and white magazine in the same style as Doctor Who Magazine, with features on the TV show plus a comic strip featuring the lineup from the fourth and last series. The strip was frequently uncredited, but artists who worked on it included David Lloyd, Steve Dillon, Jerry Paris, Mick Austin, Floron Florenzo, Ian Kennedy, John Cooper and Phil Gascoine, and writers included Paul Neary and Ken Armstrong. The magazine — which outlasted the TV series by more than a year and a half, though no mention of the events of the final episode was ever made in the strip — also gave away free posters in the centre pages of each issue, and occasional free gifts including a Blake's 7 sticker. Two further Blake's 7 Specials were published in summer and winter 1995.

Additionally, three Blake's 7 Annuals were published by World Distributors, in 1979, 1980 and 1981. All three of these, however, contained exclusively illustrated text stories rather than actual comic strips.

Blake's 7

The Blake's 7 Monthly featured the lineup from the fourth series of Blake's 7 on TV, which did not include the character of Roj Blake himself. Consequently, Blake never actually appeared in a Marvel UK publication until 1995's Blake's 7 Winter Special Vol 1 2.

Blake's Seven

Blake's 7 Monthly gallery

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