Cover of Revolver # 2 (August 1990). Art by Brendan McCarthy.
|Publication date||July 1990 - January 1991|
|Number of issues||7, plus 2 specials|
Revolver is the title of a British comic book magazine which was a spin-off from 2000AD. It lasted for seven regular issues and two specials, and was published between July 1990 to January 1991. It was founded by Steve MacManus and edited by Peter Hogan. After it was cancelled due to poor sales, two of its stories were concluded in Crisis.
Revolver was a relatively short lived comic published in the UK at the turn of the 1990s. It was notable for its diverse content reflecting the explosion of the music scene at the time. A wide range of graphic styles and contributors ranging from a surreal inside-the-mind-of Jimi Hendrix storyline (Purple Days), a psychedelic superhero in the form of Peter Milligan and Brendan McCarthy's Rogan Gosh, distorted caricatures in Pinhead Nation, plus Happenstance and Kismet, Paul Honeyford's Fighting Figurines, student-house antics in Dire Streets, as well as the resurrection of Dan Dare, this time in a story called simply Dare. In Dare, writer Grant Morrison gave a new interpretation to the original Eagle character in a political story setting Dan Dare against a thinly veiled caricature of the Thatcher government.
Revolver attempted to take advantage of the 1960s revival which was sweeping British culture in the early 1990s, including taking its name from The Beatles album of the same name. It gained a small following but not enough for it to last beyond its seventh issue.
Two Revolver Specials were also published, a Revolver Horror Special (including some material by Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham) around Halloween 1990 and a Revolver Romance Special in March 1991, two months after the cancellation of Revolver itself.
List of stories
Happenstance and Kismet
Nine Inches to the Mile
God's Little Acre
- Revolver discussed at Comics Bulletin
- Brendan McCarthy interview
- Revolver contents listing at Barney database