BOYS' WORLD, (Odgams Press: UK)
Title Boys' World: 37 various issues (includes Michael Moorcock's WRATH OF THE GODS).
Binding Oversize comic.
Book Condition Overall VG or better copies.
Edition First edition.
Publisher Odhams Press: London. 1963-1964.
Seller ID 42967
89 issues of this UK weekly boys' comic were published in total 1963-1964, after which it merged with Eagle. There were 49 issues in volume 1 (1963) and 40 issues in volume 2 (1964). This broken run of 37 issues consists of - vol 1 no 12 (13th April, 1963), 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 43, 48, then vol 2 no 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 24, 25 and 37 (12th September 1964). Probably the best remembered strip in Boys' World was WRATH OF THE GODS, an epic fantasy set in ancient Greece and written by MICHAEL MOORCOCK and initially drawn by Ron Embleton (first 23 issues), published from January 1963 as a colour centrespread and continuing until just after its amalgamation with Eagle in October 1964. The stories recounted the adventures of an impetuous young man, Arion, and his various encounters with the minor gods and magical figures of the ancient Greek myths. Compared with the usual standard of comics writing at the time they were well paced and inventive, but are more memorable for the groundbreaking artwork (Ron Tiner/Encyclopedia of Fantasy). Other UK illustrators for the comic were Brian Lewis and Frank Bellamy).
''launched by Odhams Press on 26th January 1963, Boys' World's more notable strips included Interpol secret agent Merlo the Magician, archaeologist Pike Mason, Bret Million: The Angry Planet (inspired by/ripping off Harry Harrison's Deathworld), The Ghost World (about a human colony on an alien planet originally believed to be uninhabited until the settlers discover the hostile natives are invisible to the human eye because they move at superhuman speeds), Dr. What and his Time Clock (a pastiche of Doctor Who), The Iron Man (a robot adventurer), and Billy Binns (whose supernatural spectacles granted the unwitting boy special powers). However, probably the best remembered strip in Boys' World was WRATH OF THE GODS, an epic fantasy initially drawn by Ron Embleton, which told the tale of Arion, who was charged to find the lost weapons of Ajax by Zeus, facing numerous mythological challenges along the way. Boys' World was cancelled after 89 issues on 3rd October 1964 and merged into Eagle. Billy Binns and The Iron Man were among the strips that survived the merger''.