by Dave Scrimgeour & Kevin McCluskey
Dave Scrimgeour, Mike Nay and myself have been friends for over thirty years. We bonded over a mutual love of comic books and movies and, despite the distance of time and geography, have managed to maintain a friendship that has remained essentially the same as it was all those years ago. Whether that speaks to the strength of our bond, or a somewhat sad, tragic case of arrested development is certainly up for debate.
When I decided that I wanted to revisit ‘Dragon’s Claws’ issue by issue, the prospect, whilst sounding like fun, also seemed somewhat daunting and in all honesty, arduous. So rather than writing a series of ten, potentially dry reviews by myself, I decided to enlist some help in making the reviews a more entertaining read. As such, I approached Dave with the idea of making the reviews less formal and more conversational, like the many we'd had over cups of tea or a pint in the past. Dave, to his credit, was more than willing to indulge me, despite my essentially dropping a not insignificant amount of work into his lap. I knew he would bring more to the table than I could muster on my own.
A few years back David and myself went to the University of Dundee’s fantastic Dundee Comic Book Day where Simon Furman gave a presentation with Andrew Wildman on their, then current, 'Transformers: Regeneration One.' Mr. Furman was kind enough to sign my ratty, falling apart, held together by yellowed sellotape copy of 'Dragon’s Claws' issue one. The less than mint condition of the comic actually seemed to please him and he was generous enough with his time to spend ten minutes or so talking to us, as we badgered him with questions that he struggled to recall the answers to. He politely reminded us that 'Dragon's Claws' was something he conceived and wrote approximately a quarter of a century ago and suggested that, chances were, we likely remembered it in far more detail than he did. Considering we are about to embark on an issue by issue retrospective of the series, I hope Mr. Furman's faith in us was not misplaced.
Now, if only I could convince Mike that this type of project is a good idea, the band would truly be back together. Anyway, in the meantime, here’s our two man review of ‘Dragon’s Claws’ issue one, ‘The Game!’ (K)
Cover date- July 1988
Writer- Simon Furman
Artist- Geoff Senior
Colourist- Steve White
Editor- Richard Starkings
Managing Editor- Jenny O’Connor
Publisher- Marvel Comics LTD