Get Marwood and I

Dec 1, 2019

I can’t get too enthused about the modern fashion for comic collectors sending their “valuable” comics to a company called CGC. They grade your comics (for a price) and then seal them inside flimsy plastic boxes so you can never read them again. Until quite recently this company didn’t appreciate the difference between a UK Marvel etc reprint comic and a comic printed in the States at the same time as the original but with a different price to be shipped to the UK, Canada or Australia. Thanks to the sterling (sic) work of an individual with the unlikely alias “Get Marwood & I”, the CGC has finally acknowledged that these comics are “variants” rather than “reprints”.

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I mentioned these UK price variant comics years ago here and here. One day the world will wake up to how undervalued these books are as I suspect they represent perhaps a mere 5% – 10% of the published output of each issue.

So “Marwood/Steve” has spent the last few years compiling lists of all the comics ever printed in the States that bear UK prices. Marvel, DC, Dell, Gold Key, Archie, Charlton and King. No ACG it seems. Rather him than me although I confess that it is an interesting niche to worldwide comic collecting. The big pity is that all his hard work is hidden away on the CGC forums where it will only be seen by a handful of comic obsessives endlessly sharing images of their old comics and the odd person like me (admittedly an ex-comic obsessive) who’s just passing through.

Get Marwood & I

Thirty four

Dec 1, 2019

No, I’ve not scanned this magazine (but I had to do something to attract your attention). Instead I’ve unearthed my 34th music mix which should have appeared a couple of xmases ago. It was recently rediscovered on a USB stick found down the side of the sofa.

Sounds strips

Dec 1, 2019

The Original Writer wasn’t a child prodigy. In fact you could probably call him a late developer. Born in 1953 his early published work was done for free and found within a couple of dozen fanzines in the 1970s.
From 1979 to 1983 he got a regular paying gig as writer/artist of a half page strip in the music newspaper “Sounds” whilst also drawing a comic strip for his local newspaper. He wrote strips for Dr Who weekly/monthly and then 2000AD from 1980, Warrior from 1982 and finally found fandom fame at DC comics from 1984 when he was in his thirties and remained quite prolific up to Americas Best Comics at the turn of the century. His last comics work appears to have been the 12 issue”Providence” in 2015. Then he worked on his epic 1200 page novel “Jerusalem” published last year.

This particular post is to remind readers of Curt’s time as an artist as well as a writer during the period March 1979 to March 1983. I acquired these strips a decade ago from a site that may no longer exist. The collection isn’t complete by any means but it’s quite interesting to see Curt’s earlier work in view of the body of work that would follow. As we live in strange times I’d better add a disclaimer that these strips contain a few swear words. some nudity, and the ability to annoy at least one “Sounds” reader who assumed the views expressed by a comic character in a comic strip must also be the views of The Original Writer.


Curt Vile

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House of Hammer

Dec 1, 2019

It seems Dez has approved the sharing of these scans and made them available to look at/download at: https://archive.org/details/HOUSEOFHAMMER

Torchy

Dec 1, 2019

a Torchy comic

A Leaf from a Tree

Dec 1, 2019

and live


Sometimes I feel I might just fall apart
Trying to hold all this in my heart.
Late at night when the house is dark,
I’m scared, yes, I’m scared
That like the wind takes a leaf from a tree,
Time will take your love from me.
Like the wind takes a leaf from a tree
Time will take your love from me.

And you’re kind. You tell me don’t be scared.
And you promise you’ll always be there.
Well I believe that you care.
I know, yes I know
That like the wind takes a leaf from a tree
Time will take your love from me.

Like the wind takes a leaf from a tree
Time will take your love from me.

So hold me until the night has gone.
Hold me and tell me that I’m wrong.
Your love is my hideaway.
So wrap your arms around me
And tell me that you’ll stay.

Otherwise I know I’m going to fall apart.
I’ll never hold all this in my heart.
Late at night when the house is dark,
I’m scared, yes, I’m scared
That like the wind takes a leaf from a tree,
Time will take your love from me.
Like the wind takes a leaf from a tree
Time will take your love from me.

Don’t take your love from me.
Don’t take your love.
Please don’t take your love.