What about the contents of the comic itself? Well there is a lot here for Stan Lee and Jack Kirby fans. The comic kicked off with this 10 page Inhumans strip, from Amazing Adventures #1, written and drawn by Kirby:
A cracking start to the issue with fantastic Kirby artwork inked by Chic Stone. Next up was a classic Lee/Kirby Captain America story, "THE ORIGIN OF CAPTAIN AMERICA", from Tales of Suspense #63. An apt story to feature in this first issue.
This Captain America story started a run of WWII set stories drawn by Kirby which lasted for the first ten or so issues. All great stuff so far. Another Lee/Kirby collaboration next, with Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. from Strange tales #135. Kirby's art this time inked by Dick Ayers. This is the story that introduced S.H.I.E.L.D. My problem with these early Nick Fury episodes is that I can't see past Steranko's version of the character. Still, it is Jack Kirby, I suppose and we should be thankful for that.
Quality wise, things take a decided turn for the worse with the next strip, The Savage Sub-Mariner, by Stan Lee and Gene Colan, from Tales to Astonish #70. This was the start of a multi issue story that seemed to drag on and on with no end in sight, definately a low point in this comic and in my view for Stan Lee and Gene Colan, who's art is crying out for a decent inker such as Tom Palmer.
There are two Marvel in-house ads for the other weeklies that were available at the time of publication;
These reveal the full line up of Marvel UK's output; a healthy dose of action across seven comics. Looking at them, we can see that at this stage, only one weekly had failed; The Savage Sword of Conan, which had been merged into The Avengers a few weeks earlier. this situation wouldn't last long though,as both Dracula Lives and The Super-Heroes were destined to be closed within a matter of weeks. As well as these ads for the other titles, there was a Bullpen Bulletin page which was basically not much more than a series of ads for other Marvel weeklies written in the style of an editorial.
Towards the back of the comic is this interesting page with an ad for Stan Lee's appearance in London with Herb Trimpe to promote the Marvel UK weeklies. Would have loved to have attended this. Also an ad for the Marvel Art Exhibition, also in London, described as "a feast of comic art", this too looked like a worthwhile event.
No comic in the 1970s would be complete without an ad for Ellisdon's jokes and The Titans #1 did not disappoint in this respect; here is the inside back page:
Spider-Man's confusing advice to "use the coupon on page 12" actually referred to the coupon on page 35. Ah well, if this is all they got wrong, they did not bad.
So, what was good about this issue? The massive John Buscema / Joe Sinnott free colour poster was fantastic. I like it so much, I've got it framed and hanging on my wall. Plenty of Stan lee and Jack Kirby for the fans and really, 58 pages of comics for 9p? A bargain in anyone's eyes.
*Honestly, I read a post on a blog a couple of weeks ago complaining about the Titans landscape format. Move on people, this all happened 35 years ago.