The above cover holds two sets of memories for me. The first is
when I initially read an earlier release of the issue in the late '60s when
visiting family friends in our old neighbourhood. I even remember most of
the stories inside, especially NOMAN in THE SYNTHETIC STAND-INS.
Cut to several years later, and I'm perched on the porcelain in a toilet cubicle
of a local cafeteria (after enjoying a luverly cuppa char and a scone) with
the latest incarnation of this ALAN CLASS classic (bought not from the
hospital shop, but a town centre newsagent), reliving my previous
recollections of the comic and creating some future ones at
the same time.
The above issue wasn't one of the comics my friend returned
to me many years later, as he'd already returned it a little while after I
gave him the rest of my Class collection. It just held too many memories
to discard so lightly, so I asked if I could have it back and it's remained in
my possession all this time. I now have the original TOWER COMICS
issue as well, having obtained it several years ago.
I'm pretty sure that I probably first read the other comics on one of
those visits to my old neighbourhood - that's what springs to mind anyway
when I look at them. Again, I have some (if not all - I'll have to check) of
the original Tower versions of these issues, and it's great to see them
in colour and with superior printing to the Class reprints.
I've also got all of the DC reprint editions of the THUNDER AGENTS
ARCHIVES, although, annoyingly, they omitted the Tower logo from the
covers. They're still well-worth having if you're a fan of the series 'though,
and are no doubt far cheaper than a complete run of original issues.
Well, that wraps things up on this particular series of posts for now. I
hope you enjoyed them, and that some of your own personal reminiscences
relating to these comics were rekindled by reading about mine. Even if that's
not the case, the covers are worth looking at for the incredible WALLY
WOOD artwork alone.
COMING SOON: Part Four of BUSTER,
SON OF ANDY CAPP. Don't dare miss it.