Pican Publications was a Nigerian company run by teachers who wanted to promote literacy. Deciding to do so via a comic, but feeling that with comics then relatively new to Nigeria it would take time for local talent to be fostered, Pican approached the British agency Brandon Press Features, which provided two young, then-unknown artists just starting their careers, to draw the title: Dave Gibbons and Brian Bolland. The pair illustrated alternate issues for the biweekly series, Poweman, an anthology title that also included The Invasion of the Hornu and Jango, a Western starring a black sheriff. Since it was aimed at starting people reading, the panels had to be kept simple and easy to follow, and were individually numbered.
The title ran from January 1975 until somewhere in 1977. It was also reprinted in South Africa, and a small number of issues were also sent to the U.K. for sale. The strip starring the lead character, the eponymous Powerman, was later partially reprinted by Eclipse in the U.S.A., although to avoid confusion or problems with Marvel, the reprint title was Power Comics, and the character renamed Powerbolt.