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What do Stan Lee, Dez Skinn, Chris Claremont, Herb Trimpe, Alan Davis, Alan Moore, Paul Neary, Richard Starkings, Liam Sharp, Dan Abnett, Bryan Hitch and Simon Furman have in common?

They were all part of Marvel UK, an imprint of Marvel Comics formed in 1972 when Lee headhunted Skinn to head the UK publishing arm of Marvel. While it started out reprinting US produced comics for the British weekly comic book market, it later went on to produce original material. Claremont and Trimpe co-created and introduced Captain Britain in the pages of Captain Britain Weekly. Davis’ big break was illustrating the revamped Captain Britain story in The Mighty World of Marvel. Moore enjoyed a celebrated run on Captain Britain with Davis. Neary was editor-in-chief of Marvel UK. Starkings had served as an editor. Sharp and Abnett co-created Death’s Head II, which became one of Marvel UK’s flagship titles in the 90s. The creative team of Abnett and Hitch pitted Death’s Head II, Dark Angel, Motormouth and Killpower, the Knights of Pendragon and other Marvel UK characters against the Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Ghost Rider and Nick Fury in the Mys-Tech Wars limited series. Furman was the principal writer of Marvel UK’s highly successful Transformers series.

In 1995, Panini obtained the Marvel UK license and the company, which is currently headquartered in Italy, has since reprinted American Marvel Comics material as well as launched new comic book magazines featuring all-new UK-originated material.

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