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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

GIANT BAT MAN ANNUAL

I met up with old school friend, Brian Pinson two or three years later in a new school in 1965 and I asked him if he still had his DC comics and he told me that he only had a couple left and that I could have them, if I wanted.
So, here is one of those that he very kindly brought in and gave me!


MY FIRST D.C. COMIC!

....And so, I went along to the shop in question, armed with the necessary nine old pennies in my pocket and my Mother left me at the spinner rack to choose a comic book, whilst she went around the supermarket and I was to wait for her outside the shop.
But, it didn't take me long to notice that the comics were not stamped @ 9d, as my friends had previously told me! - They had now gone up to 10d and I hadn't got enough!
So, I settled for one of the cheaper black and white comic books by Len R. Miller & Sons, - either a Marvelman or a Young Marvelman, @ only sixpence!
I cannot say that I was very impressed with it though, so the next time I  visited this shop, I made sure that I had enough for one of the colour DC comics and this is the very first one that I ever bought in either late 1962 or early 1963!



I remember being baffled at first, trying to work out the continuity between the first splash panel and the next page! It took me a little while to understand that these DC splash panels were actually like second "covers" !
But, even as a child, I wasn't "buying" it that the Joker didn't really see Bruce Wayne's face, because he was being dazzled by the light from the spotlight in his eyes!


Monday, September 26, 2016

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED

Here are three scans of three of the UK versions, that I remember having!



And here is what the UK copy of Marco Polo looked like:-





These Classics Illustrated titles were soon forgotten, when one day in school, two chums, Brian Pinson and David Lander, brought loads of DC comic books in to school in their satchels!
"Where did you get THOSE?", I eagerly asked, as I hadn't seen any DC titles down my local newagents!
They told me of a particular supermarket, that had them in a spinner rack and, guess what? - My Mother sometimes used to visit this very same supermarket, taking me with her!
I couldn't wait for her next visit....

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The very first US comic books that I ever bought were Dell titles, including Huckleberry Hound, Maverick, Cheyenne, Lawman and Rifleman. However, I cannot remember any of the specific issues.
The next comic books I started buying were the UK Thorpe & Porter publications of the US Classics Illustrated series.
Here is a US original of one of my favourites!




AN INTRODUCTION!

Hi fellow bloggers!
I am going to attempt a simple blog, showing my old comics, so welcome to it!