and Hedy

June 29, 2011

After debuting in 1944 as a teenager by 1945 Patsy Walker had her own “Marvel” comic which ran until 1965. She also shared a comic with Hedy Wolfe between 1952 and 1967. Hedy was to Patsy as Chili was to Millie the Model or Betty was to Veronica for that matter….friend/rival/enemy…whatever the story (usually written by Stan Lee) called for.

I couldn’t resist buying this old comic (the one pictured below) recently. I was once given a stack of these years ago…only to discover all the paper dolls had been cut out !! Anyway what I found interesting about this June 1960 issue is the UK price of 9d. It looks like it is a sticker over the USA price but it isn’t….the UK price has been specifically printed on the cover. It is another example of how (pre) Marvel comics printed batches of comics in the States specifically to be shipped over to the UK.

The inside front cover has even lost the usual small print.

When in the regular comics it looked something like this.

The ageless Patsy has been an Avenger and a Defender, survived hell and often pops up as Hellcat in the Marvel universe. Hedy Wolfe still lives in Centerville. I don’t know if they continue to be friennemies but both are Marvel Divas.

PS: Were Patsy’s early adventures written by Stan or (as has recently been claimed) by her mother ? And did they happen inside the Marvel Universe or were they comics you could buy from a newsstand inside the Marvel Universe ?? My brain hurts.

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June 22, 2011

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Soft top, hard shoulder

June 13, 2011

They don’t make many films like this any more. “Soft top, hard shoulder” was a budget british “road” movie/comedy from 1992. From what I can recall, the plot revolved around a Scottish guy living in London who finds that he will inherit some money if (and only if) he can be in Glasgow within the next day or so. His only means of transport is a delapidated Triumph Herald. The majority of the film covers the trials and tribulations of his journey. Of course he soon finds he has aquired a hitch-hiker and inevitably meets a number of assorted odd characters along the way. I’ve almost talked myself into excavating my VHS video recorder to watch this again.

I bought the tape as I owned (still did last time I looked…..) a similar delapidated Triumph Herald to the one(s) featured in the film. Although mine wouldn’t make it to Glasgow now, it probably would have back in 1992. The cover of the Video tape provided much hilarity. Instead of finding an appropriate still from the film someone drew a picture of the star of the film (the car) with an open bonnet. Things like this always make me roll my eyes in amazement. The artist had evidentally never seen the film and possibly never even seen a Triumph Herald for that matter. He drew the car with a conventional bonnet and fixed front wings rather than the correct whole-front-end-tilts-forward thing. Didn’t anyone look at the artwork, laugh, screw it up and tell him to go draw the car properly? No, they went ahead and sent it off to the printers !!

PS: I have seen a made-in-India version of a Triumph Herald (known as a Standard Gazel there I believe), the 1970s version (called a Mk 3 ?) of which was produced with four doors instead of the more usual two. The rear doors must have been rather tiny. I believe they also changed the front of the car to a traditional bonnet/fixed front wing arrangement so in the artist’s defence perhaps he was of Indian descent?

PPS: And just to contradict myself once more…..Quiller Triumph are currently selling their much-modified Triumph Herald. It has a TR6 engine, an auto box, a pickup rear body and a “conventional” bonnet. Actually the bonnet conversion must have been more time-consuming to achieve than the pickup rear end !!!

This is how a Triumph Herald/Vitesse bonnet should open.

Is it a Record ?

June 6, 2011

How much is a record or a CD worth ? In the case of “A Whole New World” by Katie Price and Peter Andre the answer is 1p. Is that a record ? It may not be worth listening to but the Amazon reviews are fun.

I’m still slowly throwing my old records away now that most LPs and even the most obscure singles (ESPECIALLY the most obscure singles…..for obvious reasons) are only a free click away on the Internet these days.

Apart from “Alright I’ll see you tonight” by Wellington. I drew a virtual blank when googling for info on this single. There are a few copies for sale on eBay at quite inflated prices. The band possibly hailed from the Corby/Northants area. The names Ian Eccles and Dave Martin are mentioned. There were at least two further singles by Wellington. That’s all I could find. This first single is the epitome of 70s pop with a T-Rexy start and a singalong chorus that would be ideal at a football match. The “b” side is a repetative guitar n drums instrumental. 

Alright I’ll see you tonight

How would you like to rock with me

PS: Concord only released 31 singles between 1969 and 1974 with the song titles always placed in inverted commas. Oddly enough their 31st and final single was “Catch us if you can” by Wellington. I don’t know if this was an original song or a cover of the old DC5 tune though.

PPS: The label design on Concord singles changed 3 times. It is only today, after owning this record for 38 years that I realise this label design is a picture of a fried egg !!!

PPPS: I no longer collect singles but if I did CON015 “Song for Jimi” by Wolfrilla would be on my wish list. I’m intrigued.

Do you remember when comics used to be fun?? Me too, but only just…it seems so long ago. I’m currently re-reading a stack of She-Hulks from the days when John Byrne was on top form and Marvel comics still had prices in both £££s and $$$s on the covers . The then (reasonably) novel idea was having Jennifer break the fourth wall by talking directly to the reader. In some issues she even seems to be aware that she is inside a comic book !

I’m pleased to see the first 8 issues of “Sensational She-Hulk” have now been re-issued in book form with hopefully more to follow. The previous “Savage She-Hulk” series was collected into one of those black and white “Essentials” books but the interior pages just aren’t green enough. And what’s with all these multiple/different coloured Incredible Hulks anyway ? Has he been exposed to Rainbow Kryptonite ? Hulks (and Lanterns for that matter) should just be green.