Forces in Combat
Publisher: Marvel U.K.
Format: Weekly anthology, all reprinted strips, most from Marvel U.S. comics
First Issue: 15th May 1980
Last Issue: 21 January 1981 (37 issues)
Absorbed into: Future Tense
Strips: Rawhide Kid, Machine Man, Master of Kung-Fu, Rom: Spaceknight, Sgt. Fury, The Golem, War is Hell, Kull the Conqueror, Wulf the Briton.
Comments: Forces in Combat was Marvel UK's attempt to produce a comic more in line with the traditional British boy's weekly. As well as reprinting various US Marvel series, it was notable for having non-Marvel material, a rarity for Marvel UK, in the form of colour reprints of Ron Embleton's Wulf the Briton, a strip that originally appeared in Express Weekly. After 37 issues it merged with Future Tense to become Future Tense and Forces in Combat; the first combined issue was #13, continuing Future Tense's numbering. Rom was the only strip to transfer over to the new title. The Forces in Combat subtitle was unceremoniously dropped from Future Tense only one week later, as the cover title reverted to simply Future Tense as of #14.
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