March 1, 2017
A few days ago I awoke with an image of the cover of “Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane” No 50 in my mind even though I probably haven’t owned a copy since 1973! Memory seems to work along similar lines to a tape recorder. The majority of mundane memories get overwritten by new ones. However, with important/traumatic happenings in your life the brain must put a “do not delete” marker so that you can forever recall them for good or bad. Yet some mundane memories of various days have stayed with me with startling clarity. These memories haven’t been overwritten and I can still vividly picture the scenes after many decades whilst more recent events are forgotten.
For example I still recall random events that took place on a holiday in 1965, although I can’t recall the resort. In the 1960s family summer holidays were usually a week at the coast in a static caravan. For some reason in 1965 the accommodation was at a boarding house/small hotel. As we arrived at the hotel I noticed a shop further down the road with a comic spinner rack outside amidst the usual seaside sales tat. It didn’t take long before I’d blagged a two shilling coin from my father and set off to investigate. The comics on the spinner were an immediate disappointment. No superheroes at all. Some of the comics looked quite tatty as if they’d been there for years exposed to the salt air. Apart from a few Dell comics featuring long-forgotten western heroes, the rest were all GIRLS comics. I picked up a DC love comic and checked the small print on page three. It said 1963!! Still I went carefully through all the comics until I found two Lois Lane comics. Hooray! They weren’t too girly for me. They had Superman on the cover!
Inside the shop I proffered my two shillings and was surprised to get a shilling change. I was expecting to be charged 10d for each comic. I still had funds for two more comics! I carefully went through all the comics on the spinner rack once more. I found a Dobie Gillis comic. I assumed Dobie was a girl’s name (and I didn’t notice the full title was “The many loves of Dobie Gillis”) but the cover showing a spaceship looked interesting. Then finally I noticed a lone Patsy and Hedy comic amongst all the DCs. This really did look far too girly for me but it surprisingly had a Marvel comics logo top left so why not take a chance if it was only 6d? I was quite pleased to have added four more issues to my small but growing collection of “American” comics for the princely sum of two shillings.
I can even recall the four issues I bought that day. In fact I still own that Lois Lane number 54 fifty two years later.
It’s funny what things stick in your mind. I still can’t recall the resort but I vividly remember the next day of the holiday when right by the beach I found a kiosk selling icecreams etc and ALAN CLASS COMICS. I’d never seen these before but immediately realised they contained black and white reprints of REALLY OLD comics. Over the course of the week I purchased at least half a dozen which were read cover-to-cover sitting in a deckchair during one of those perfect summer days that only existed when you were young.
December 1, 2016
Perhaps you recall the popular musical combo known as “The Rolling Stones”. They had a couple of hit platters back in the day. Do you know how they came to acquire their name?
There are three theories about this. Some say they got their name after seeing an American music magazine called “Rolling Stone”. Others claim they took their name from the Robert Zimmerman tune “Like a rolling stone”. After many hours of research I have discovered the true answer.
Founder member Brian Jones had a younger brother who regularly purchased the comic “”Swift”. This was a companion comic to, and aimed at a slightly younger readership than, the “Eagle”. One day in 1962 Brian flicked through an old copy of this comic and noticed page eight. The rest, as they say, is history…as is the late Mr Jones.
November 1, 2016
I don’t know why it says “Published monthly” in the small print of issues of “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”. It’s taken almost two years for them to publish six issues. Number 1 was cover dated December 2014. Then we had 2 June 2015, 3 July 2015, 4 September 2015 with another massive gap before number 5 dated July 2016 and number 6 September 2016. I used to like my comics weekly! There’s no wonder more people these days pass on the floppy comics and wait until a trade paperback book collecting six issues is available.
November 1, 2016
“Whoever claims to be noble must conduct himself nobly”. Doesn’t seem to apply to this comic though. The main character isn’t particularly noble and just happens to be called Mr Oblige. Dunno where I acquired this comic from 20 years ago. I’m beginning to wonder if it is the rarest (series of) UK comic(s) ever published. There are no cover images at the Grand Comic Database. There is only one other cover image and no info across the whole of the Interweb.
“Noblesse Oblige” was written and drawn by in black and white in the most minimalist of styles. There were five issues produced (as there was an issue zero) around 1995/1996 by the RAE Comic Company. RAE comics don’t seem to have produced anything more. Unless you know otherwise?
October 1, 2016
The second best superhero comic book in the universe? Really? To declare yourself second best is like admitting defeat.
So, what then is the BEST superhero comic book in the universe? I think we should be told.
“Critter” is the daughter of the Superheroine “The Velvet Fox” (Who??). She has the power of telekenisis and super strength. She also has a prehensile tail (?!?) which must be slightly awkward to explain when she’s in her normal attire in her secret identity as teenager Cassia Crawford.
PS: Actually it turns out that her prehensile tail is made of metal and attached via a belt. Whew. Had me worried for a minute.
September 1, 2016
For over one hundred years “Punch” would regularly print letters from readers moaning that the magazine wasn’t as good as it used to be. I have been saying the same thing about 2000AD for the last thirty years. I guess there was nothing wrong with either magazine really. It’s just that reader’s tastes change as they get older.
Anyway, in a few weeks 2000AD will reach Prog 2000, which no doubt will be a bumper-sized issue. But hasn’t there already been a Prog 2000 published at the beginning of the millennium?? And Progs 2001 to 2015 which were double-sized issues produced each Christmas for the past fifteen years. Are they going to skip straight to Prog 2016????? There are magazines with larger totals such as DC Thompson’s Commando and the Beano etc, but even so it is an achievement. After almost forty years the mighty Tharg doesn’t look a day older. And they even resisted changing the name to 3000AD sixteen years ago!!
They are currently reprinting the entire saga of Judge Dread in book form as a monthly part-work. And they’ve also recently published a book containing the episodes from 1978 (various progs between 71 and 79) that were part of the “Cursed Earth” saga that resulted in 2000AD’s then publisher being threatened with legal action for the negative depiction of a number of “Fast Food” companies. At the time it was said that there was an undertaking that they would never ever be reprinted. I recall that there was even an apology of sorts included in a later issue as a half-page strip. So until recently those were some of the very few issues of 2000AD that had some value in the collector’s market. Most other issues (apart from the first half-dozen?) still seem to be available at bargain basement prices.
PS: However, if you do happen upon a stack of 2000ADs in a charity shop or car boot sale keep an eye out for Prog 1208. Due to distribution problems many copies of this issue failed to reach the newsagents and it is consequently sought after by grexnix earthlets aiming to become Seto Thargos.