THE COMPLETE DEATH’S HEAD

Since Death’s Head bagged his first bounty back in 1986 (or thereabouts), there have been one or two attempts to gather all the stories featuring everyone’s favourite ‘Freelance Peacekeeping Agent’ together between two (or more) covers. The first was a trade paperback published by Marvel UK themselves, called The Life and Times of Death’s Head, which turned out to be a severely abridged version of his run in comics. Then there was The Incomplete Death’s Head, a 12-issue reprint series with new bridging sequences featuring Death’s Head II (puttup!), which purported to be anything but incomplete. But it was. But now, thanks to Panini UK, Death’s Head is finally complete (albeit in two volumes). The second volume of Death’s Head (collecting DH issues #8-10, She-Hulk #24, Marvel Comics Presents #76, Fantastic Four #338, What If? #54 and the entirety of The Body in Question GN, not to mention the second of two one-page strips featuring DH) goes on sale next week, and side-by-side with volume one (still available!), completes the saga of Death’s Head (so far). Bag a copy now! And just to whet your appetite, here’s an exclusive look at Simon Williams’ spanking new back cover art for the collection. Just click on the thumbnail and enjoy!
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13 Responses to THE COMPLETE DEATH’S HEAD

  1. Jon S says:

    I’ve been talking about Death’s Head(s) over at Millarworld on this thread:

    http://forums.millarworld.tv/index.php?showtopic=73120

    Cheeky Liam Sharp has tried to hijack things by talking about Death’s Head II here:

    http://forums.millarworld.tv/index.php?showtopic=73427

    And Geoff Senior seems to have worked out eBay and has re-listed his DH poster!

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/exclusive-Death-Head-poster-by-Geoff-Senior_W0QQitemZ220153913415QQihZ012QQcategoryZ360QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

  2. Dawfydd says:

    excellent, yes?

  3. Regretfully, the image at the bottom of your post does not seem to enlarge properly.

  4. Simon Hall says:

    I can’t wait for this second volume!If only for The Body In Question, which is a masterpiece!If I may post a slight critique of these collections, it would be the production values.I have two copies of the first volume (one for best๐Ÿ™‚ !), and the Dragon’s Claws issue has clearly been scanned from the comic, and unlike Titan’s TF collections, there’s a lot of visible bleed of the following page of the source comic showing through on some of the panels. I still have a (well thumbed!) copy of the Life & Times of Death’s Head which has much sharper reproduction – is this down to the original artwork still being available at that time? Anyway, its a minor niggle… Got my Geoff Senior poster ordered from E-Bay.Can’t wait! Liam Sharpe may be a bit cheeky for his posts about DHII but he wrote the definative version of DHII in DHII Gold #1 (1994), which actually utilised DHII split personality and gave some much needed depth to the character.A shame it was too little too late. The real ‘villain’ is Dan Abnett, who failed to do anything interesting with DHII after the initial limited series.What a waste.

  5. Simon Hall says:

    Just been reading through the comments posted on Millarworld (can’t post there due to technical gremlins!drat) and there seems to be a lot of goodwill for the character.A lot of folks seem to want to go for a team up with all three incarnations, which i think would be terribly cheesy… unless like the film Mr & Mrs Smith they’re all contracted to kill each other… I dunno.I left my suggestion for brining DH back on Simon’s blog somewhere., but maybe its a bit too fannish.I am curious about some comments posted regarding DH3.0. Is it true Simon, did Marvel restrict you in returning the character?

  6. Somebody says:

    Well, it’s not really complete, is it? You need the Titan TFUK TPBs for the actual complete DH, yes?๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Simon Hall says:

    Hrm.Don’t think hasbro would allow for a truly complete death’s head collection to many copyright issues!

  8. simon furman says:

    Re; complete or not complete. Okay, okay, it’s complete above and beyond Transformers. There he was a guest star/supporting character, from the Dr Who story onwards it’s very much about him. So I tend to view the ‘complete’ DH as everything post-TF.

  9. simon furman says:

    Re: DH II. Hey, whoa. My feelings about Death’s Head II have nothing to do with the fine creators involved. Both Dan and Liam are top notch creators and good friend to boot. My issue was with the Marvel UK management at the time and the fact that Geoff and I never got a proper shot at re-introducing the original before they went and, effectively, scrapped him in favour of DH II.

  10. simon furman says:

    Re: repro quality. I do take your point, but the original film/art for these issues is long gone. Really, the only option now is to scan from the comics. Shame there was some bleed through on the Dragon’s Claws issue, though.

  11. simon furman says:

    Re: the DH image. It worked fine when I just tried going to the larger image file. Are you clicking from this page (with the responses, etc) or the main blog (multiple entries) page? The latter certainly works.

  12. Simon Hall says:

    Hey Simon.I hope I didn’t come accross as too negative about DHII.I liked the concept of the new DHII, the ongoing series that followed the inital mini just didn’t take the character anywhere, which was a big big disappointment.I remember an interview from ’92 with Paul Neary which mentioned there was to be another DHI mini, but that was scrapped in favour of DHII as they felt the chracter needed to be in a Predator/Terminator mold, i.e. ‘More grown up’.I never felt that DH was a kiddy character (associations with Transformers or not), particularly as by the time The Body In Question was released, the character had effectively moved (in terms of development) into the ‘mold’ that Marvel UK wanted him anyway!What were your plans for the DH at the time?I’ve always been curious…๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Simon Hall says:

    hello simon, i hope you are well๐Ÿ™‚

    i am being cheeky and posting a link to marvel’s fan fiction board where i have written a wee death’s head story. ‘cos i like death’s head a lot and needed to get this out of my system one way or another. if you’ve time, check it out:

    http://marvel.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=167276

    marvel should really do something with all the old UK stuff they now own. even if its just odd limited series here and there. sigh.

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