Nostalgic notions, sentimental sighings, wistful wonderings, rueful reflections, poignant ponderings & yearnings for yesteryear! (With a few profound perplexities & puzzling paradoxes thrown in as well.)
Thursday, 3 March 2011
HAVING A SMASHING TIME...
As I said in the
previous post (here),
when SMASH! shuffled
off this mortal coil (on 27th March 1971), its ghost
haunted VALIANT for a
while - but that wasn't the only way in which it
managed to maintain a
presence for another few
years past its final issue.
Right up until 1975, a SMASH! Annual appeared
every year in August/
September for the following
year. (That is, the Annual
which went on sale at the
end of a year in the run-up
to Christmas was for the
year to come.)
SMASH! had ten Annuals in total - four for the ODHAMS incarnation, six for the IPC/FLEETWAY one, but there was an eleventh book in the
form of the SMASH FUN BOOK 1971. Feast your eyes on the covers for 1971 to 1976 in the pic-fest which follows.
Might as well throw in the 1969 & '70 Holiday Specials - just so I can show
off my recent acquisition of the latter. A replacement for the replacement
of my original copy, as it were. (Relax, it makes sense to me.)
And now, for completists, here are the four original ODHAMS PRESS
Annuals. (Published by Hamlyn Books.) The front & back covers for 1968 are included.
(Click on any image to enlarge, then click to enlarge again.)
Considering that the new SMASH! hit the stands in March of '69, it's
odd that the 1970 Annual reflected the previous incarnation of the comic
rather than the new one. The Annual would've been prepared at roughly
the same time as the comic was due to be relaunched, so that makes the
discrepancy even more of a puzzle. Quite a few readers must have been
confused as to why the Annual of their weekly comic bore very little
resemblance to it when it went on sale in August/September of '69.
The 1971 Annual for its former companion title, WHAM! - which had
disappeared from the shelves in 1968 - must've seemed even more of an
anomaly in contrast, the tone and format being in the old ODHAMS style
as published by HAMLYN. I can only conclude that the Annual usually
sold well, hence its inclusion in the publishing schedule that year.
The name SMASH! survived for nearly ten years, from its first issue in
1966, to the final Annual for 1976 - surely a success in anyone's book.