Titan signs up classic Roy

<p>Titan has acquired worldwide book publishing rights in a range of Egmont&#39;s classic comic strip collections, in a bid to cash in on revived interest in nostalgia books.</p><p><em>The Best of Roy of the Rovers: The 1980s</em> will be published in paperback in June and is likely to retail at &pound;9.99. Hardback archives of the strip will follow later in the summer. Each volume will contain a year&#39;s worth of strips, starting with the 1954/55 &quot;football season&quot;, and will retail at between &pound;12.99 and &pound;14.99.<br />Titan has also acquired rights in boys&#39; favourites <em>Buster and Action</em>, as well as the adventures of air cadet Johnny Red, the &shy;Bentley-driving Major Eazy and Rat Pack strips from war-story comic Battle. Popular girls&#39; titles <em>Tammy</em> and <em>Misty</em> complete the acquisition.</p><p>Marketing and publicity surrounding the titles is still in the planning stages, but Titan is considering a football ground launch for the Roy collection, hoping to offer the footballing hero as a &quot;consolation prize&quot; for fans disappointed by England&#39;s Euro 2008 failure. Roy will also head Titan&#39;s Father&#39;s Day campaign.</p><p>According to Egmont legal affairs manager Melanie Leggett, there is a lot of interest in its classic titles. &quot;But our profile at the moment is very much children&#39;s, and the market for this is very much adults and nostalgia,&quot; she said. &quot;Titan has been interested in these characters for a long time, so until we&#39;re in a position to do it ourselves, this seems like a good option.&quot;</p><p>For Nick Jones, senior editor at Titan, the acquisition made sense as it built on an ongoing relationship with Egmont over classic comic strip &quot;Charley&#39;s War&quot;. &quot;It would be daft to ignore Egmont&rsquo;s other titles. Roy of the Rovers is a fantastic brand and is remembered and loved by millions. It will be a pleasure to publish him.&quot;<br /><br /></p>