Pádraig Ó Méalóid continues his look at the history of Marvelman over at the Beat, and in the process, makes the character seem somehow even more of a daunting process to revive for any new creators:
Marvelman and Young Marvelman had run for 346 issues each and, between the three Marvelman titles, there had been a total of 722 comics published in all. There had also been 19 annuals between 1954 and 1963, as well as at least three ‘Magic Ink’ colouring books during the mid-fifties. I believe there may have been other merchandise too, like costumes and games, but I’ve never actually seen any. They were probably the most successful comics to come out of that time. In a country whose comics’ readers generally didn’t have any time for superheroes, the Marvelman titles were a notable exception, and have the distinction of being the longest-running British superhero strips.
I keep wondering when/if Marvel is actually going to do something with Marvelman. It’s been, what, four years since the character was purchased by the publisher and they’ve still not really done anything with him beyond some reprints of the earliest material. Doesn’t the longer wait mean even more expectation of what’ll eventually appear…?