Coverless comic

October 1, 2015

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“Key issues” and condition are paramount to those collectors who have their 9.2 near mint comics encased in slabs of plastic. I’m told that if this comic were in mint condition it would be worth £4000. Even in average condition, complete with a cover it would be worth £100. But, coverless it’s probably worthless. Although the fact that it is coverless could well be the only reason I still have possession of it after 50 years. All my “valuable” 1960s comics (including an almost complete run of The Flash 110 to 160) were sold for peanuts in the 1970s.

Flash 123 splash page

Flash 123 is definitely a “Key issue”. Cover-dated September 1961 (and purchased second hand by a young me circa 1965) it tells the classic tale of Barry Allen’s first meeting with Jay Garrick, the Earth 2 Flash, and is responsible for starting all that nonsense of “multiple earths” and multiple versions of heroes in the DC universe which continues now even more than ever in their current comics.

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What I didn’t realise until a few years ago was that the compelling cover drawn by Carmine Infantino was supposedly a homage to an “Our Fighting Forces” cover from a couple of years earlier. I can’t really see it myself…

Our Fighting Forces 48

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What’s strange?

October 1, 2015

whats strange

Radio 270

October 1, 2015

Radio 270

Although it seemed to be for a much longer period when I was a youngster, the 1960s offshore pirate radio station Radio 270 was only on the air from June 1966 until August 1967. As was usually the case Radio 270 was more accurately to be found on 269m in the medium wave. Anchored 3 miles off Scarborough, it had a catchment area covering Yorkshire, the North East and into the Midlands. As perhaps the smallest pirate radio ship at the time being on the Oceaan 7 must have been pretty uncomfortable out there in the middle of the North Sea. One of the few “benefits” of being small was that when larger supplies such as diesel oil and water were required the ship just upped anchor and sailed into port (Scarborough or Bridlington) to re-stock in comfort. Presumably they had to cease transmission whilst they were within the three-mile limit though?

Pirate up for sale

The station proved to be popular and reasonably successful and was one of the handful of pirate stations that would continue to the bitter end of midnight August 14th 1967 which was just before the Marine Etc (Offences) Act became law.

Oceaan V11 derelict

Where the Pirates were

October 1, 2015

Well, some of them anyway………..

Where the Pirates are

Badman

October 1, 2015

Badman

badman by picasillo

Stuporman

October 1, 2015

Stuporman

Journey into Mystery

October 1, 2015

There were 48 issues of “Journey into Mystery” as a horror (and after the comic code, less horror and more “suspense”) comic between 1952 and 1957. After a break of 18 months, with issue 49 it continued with lighter science fiction/fantasy fare often featuring those infamous Atlas monsters. They usually had bonkers names like Zog the unbelievable, Rorgg, Spragg, Rro, Lo-Karr, Gomdulla, The Hulk (no relation), and my favourite, Shagg.

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And of course these comics regularly featured artwork by Ditko and Kirby. The Norse God of Thunder, Thor was introduced in issue 83 cover-dated August 1962 and by issue 126, although the numbering continued, the comic was simply retitled “The Mighty Thor”.

There were three subtley different versions of the cover to issue 76 according to the Grand Comics Database. Issues up to number 75 had always been priced at 10¢. Perhaps they forgot to tell the printers about the 2¢ price increase required for the following issue. It looks like the first batch of issue 76 were printed with 10¢ prices . Once the mistake was realised, the incorrect price was blacked out and a 12¢ price was hastily added. Later printings then had two different versions of the 12¢ price.

76 version 1

76 version 2

76 version 3

Actually there were four versions of this cover printed, because in those days Atlas/Marvel were printing alternate covers with a 9d price (and the month blanked out) especially for the UK market (a practice that would continue, with umpteen changes in price, for many years).

76 with UK price