Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction

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Black-and-white Comics-format magazine issued in 1975 by Marvel Comics through Magazine Management, which owned the company at the time. Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction was a high-quality production created by Roy Thomas and considered to be a continuation of his previous colour sf anthology comic, Worlds Unknown. The publication was equally shortlived, seeing only six issues plus a Special published in 1976. It featured adaptations of stories by many sf authors including Alfred Bester, Harlan Ellison, Larry Niven, John Wyndham and Theodore Sturgeon. Among the artists who contributed were Frank Brunner, Gene Colan, Richard Corben, Gray Morrow and Bruce Jones. Interviews with Bester, Frank Herbert, Ray Bradbury, and more also appeared, plus other nonfiction articles on sf. Some material was reprinted from older sf comics Fanzines.

Like all Marvel's 1970s black-and-white magazine-format comics, this title featured excellent cover artwork, if perhaps slightly below the level of that appearing on their horror-supernatural titles such as Vampire Tales. Thomas reported in the 1976 special that sales fell just short of justifying the magazine's continued publication, although the discontinuing of nearly all such Marvel magazines in 1975 has also been attributed to Stan Lee losing interest in them. [GFi]

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