Welp, it turned out I had a little more time in-between chores for a bit more scanning, so here's the first of the eight Mini Adventure Comics.
You can find the file for the first issue here, or in the column to the right.
Preceding the Legendmaker series by up to a year, Mini Adventure Comics were released two at a time, and were available to newsagents in till-side display boxes, much like the packs of trading cards and bubblegum-cards with which they shared their size, and were meant to be a similar impulse purchase at the cash register.
They're only A6 in size... I imagine they're made up of four folded and cut sheets of A4 or something like that. They're fun and innovative for their size and price.
As a comparison, it looks like The Beano (weekly) was also 35p at this point.
The last two issues (#7 and #8) were getting more ambitious, and added extra pages for the same price. Not coincidentally, those were the issues that advertised the upcoming release of Legendmaker #1, as the concept outgrew the format.
Issue #1: The Dungeons of Doom: The Master's First Challenge is a typical dungeon crawl. Goblins, golems and giant spiders, invisibility rings, wizards, spells, Arthurian knights and cryptic riddles... it really packs the storytelling in.
It's also the first of a trilogy within the series, which breaks down as follows:
#1, #5, #8 - The Master's dungeon crawl Challenges
#2, #6 - SF space marines with Galactic Command
#3 - Seafaring intrigue with pirates
#4, #7 - Pulp adventure with a historical twist, with Mississippi Smith
The standalone #3 was the weakest, for my personal tastes, but I always thought it a shame there wasn't more Mississippi Smith.
Unlike the meta-gag in #6, I think this is an honest mistake (like the 'Go to' command in Legendmaker #4 that was printed black type on black background - I've switched that to white for the .cbr edition), so I've made the archive edition fully-functional...
As I mentioned in the post on Legendmaker, the Mini Adventure Comics must have had an exceptionally small distribution. It was only because I was on holiday in Cheltenham (and the Lake District, later? Fuzzy memory) that I stumbled across them in my newsagents. Legendmaker had nationwide WH Smith distribution, by comparison. It was only thanks to mail order that I was able to complete the set.
Hopefully now a few more people will be able to discover, or rediscover, these little gems.
I think the only way you'd be able to bring them back into print would be as a limited-edition box set - or perhaps as a single book volume, with each issue tabbed out in some form at the page edge?
Or Michael C. Watson, if you're out there... how about a Kickstarter commemorative edition collecting the lot? :D