Dez Skinn's Archaeology – And The Return Of Starburst

Dez Skinn's Archaeology – And The Return Of Starburst Dez Skinn may spend much of his days right now arranging Comic Cons in the Middle East, but he's best known as the man who edited Marvel UK before launching his own Warrior comic, reviving Marvelman and launching V For Vendetta in the process, then founding Comics International.

And he also carries round a rather large baggage of history, and is loved and hated by people in equal measure. There are various allegations of dodginess but little that's ever actually stuck. Mind you he may be about to give a lot of people a lot of ammunition. Shame the internet wasn't around as much back then…

He's currently working on From Cents To Pence, a book written by Rob Kirby that will chronicle the history of Marvel comic book publishing in the UK and, as part of the promotion, he's been revealing a few of the comics and magazines he proposed inside and outside of Marvel that didn't make it to print.

Such as one that might make American readers in particular wince, Oriental Heroes, playing on the Kung Fu craze in the UK at the time, with "three strips featuring a Chinese kung fu master wandering the wild west (hey, nobody was looking for originality here!), a 17th century samurai and an avenging ninja".

And then there's artwork from the never-published IPC version of Captain Britain, the name of whom would be easily exported by Dez Skinn to Marvel UK when he changed jobs.

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But all this comes in the light of the news that Dez's old sci-fi/fantasy magazine Starburst is being revived online by one Jordan Michael Royce for April. And although Dez Skinn is namechecked on the cover, I was the first to let him know if its existence…

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