Look,the title of this piece does make sense if you think about it. Anyway,on with it!
There is an oddity about Vulcan that needs explaining. The Scottish edition of Vulcan was the first to appear on 1st March 1975 and ran for some 30 un-numbered issues. It was then decided,I have no idea by whom because it was all a bit messy and there seemed no sane reasoning!
Then it was decided to published Vulcan nationwide. And so,on 27th September of that year  Vulcan burst onto the scene. Again.
The national edition ran for some 28 issues before combining with Valiant on 10th April,1976.
Each edition of Vulcan had three full colour comic strips plus a number of black and white. strips.
For English collectors this caused many problems. I recall one man telling me how his friend had telephoned and told him he could get Vulcan 1-20 for £20 off a person at a comic mart. “No”,said this collector,”Got that lot!” When his friend called around a few days later the collector said to him:”There you go,no bull****. Vulcans 1-20 in pristine condition!”
I would have loved to have seen his face as his friend turned and said:”The ones that bloke had were all different covers to these!”
Yeah,he’d lost the chance to buy twenty editions of the Scottish Vulcan!
Below,Die Eiserne Hand [The Steel Claw] on the cover and the strip “Billy’s Boots” also featured.
Luckily,the national editions were dated so it was easy to sort in order the forty plus issues a mart stall holder sold to me for about £5. But I’ve noticed an oddity in the German version,titled Kobra [that very bad gag title above making sense now?].
Below Dr Mesmer on the front cover!
Kobra no.30 has a poster. However,Kobra 30 does not. See below.
Tim Kelly in The Empire Of The Robots is un-dated but numbered nr.30. But,the equally un-dated nr.30 below with the Spider-Man [The Spider] on the cover..my brain!! Surely there was no volume 1 published “Up Northern Germany” then nationally?
The problem is that,firstly,no one in the UK believed me when I said there was a German version of Vulcan titled Kobra. The,uh,”experts” [X=The Unknown and “Spurt” is a drip under pressure] had never heard of this. “Where was my proof?” Sadly,I’ve tried to get my hands on German editions but with no luck. Even scans have come via old online auctions.
There are very few comic fans interested or even aware of comics in Germany in the 1970s -I had to write a quick article 5 years back for a German comic expert on titles I’d mentioned he knew nothing about!
So this mystery may remain a mystery..unless YOU know?
Above -Mike Western had no idea that his “The Wild Wonders” had appeared in Kobra [I don’t think they appeared in Vulcan?!]. Mick und Mack -the Germans are found of snappy named double teams!
Interesting that there seems a mixture of Vulcan strips with some not appearing in that title -though Vulcan was all reprint anyway from titles such as Lion,Valiant,etc.
I’ve seen D.C. Thomsons “Mr Pendragon” and a few other strips in German but seeing how much Fleetway material was being reprinted around Europe was an eye-opener back then -and still!
I keep appealing in the hope that European comic collectors might recognise the strips and get in touch about versions in their language or,like the French Atoll and Antares and Kobra -more information.
So,if you can help please get in touch!
And I’m not quiiiite done yet….