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Thursday, 24 May 2012
PART FOUR OF 'A TOUCH OF CLASS'...
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'm also fortunate enough to possess all of the DC reprint editions of the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS ARCHIVES, though, 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. See you next time, pilgrims!
COMING SOON: Part Four of BUSTER, SON Of ANDY CAPP. Don't miss it.
Posted by Kid at Thursday, May 24, 2012