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Monday, 29 August 2011
HE BELONGS TO GLASGOW...
Glasgow readers of this post will doubtless recognize famous 'KID MEMORYMAN'-about-town, JOHN McSHANE, who appeared in a
recent BBC TV documentary about Scottish comicbook creators. John's
contribution was to propose the case that comics were invented by we Scots,
so that's yet another one the world owes us. John is a 'well-kent' figure in
Glasgow (and beyond), being actively involved in the city's thriving comics
scene for many years, and was one of the founding proprietors of AKA BOOKS & COMICS, along with BOB NAPIER and the late PETE ROOT. (Wee STEVE MONTGOMERY joined the team later.)
About 25 years ago (hard as it is for me to believe), I managed
to persuade John to leave the leafy suburbs of 'the dear green place'
and visit yours truly in the spacious abode in which I then lived. The
photos show John with an original, early piece of DAN DARE art (from
the famous EAGLE comic of the 1950s), which I once owned. John is so
well-known in the professional comics community that he even featured
in a cameo appearance in MARVEL's CAPTAIN BRITAIN back in the
mid- '80s. 'Twas thanks to John ('cos he knows everybody) that I got to
meet the late, great ARCHIE GOODWIN and his wife ANN, and
spend a pleasant evening in their company.
(There, John. Now will you let me off with that 5p I owe you?)