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Tuesday, 22 May 2012
PART TWO OF 'A TOUCH OF CLASS'...
The above comic is one I recall seeing in its late '60s incarnation on a visit to our previous neighbourhood to visit a friend of my mother, whose son had once hung around with my brother when we lived there some years before. I even remembered the cover story - "I'VE GOT TO PROTECT NETTIE!", though it wasn't drawn by cover artist KURT SCHAFFENBERGER, but by PAUL REINMAN. Alan Class regurgitated the same comics over many years, although I think the page count may have been cut over time, necessitating a reduction in content.
If I remember correctly, at the same time I first read this comic, I also read a story about a runner who raced DEATH every so many years in order to continue living. If he outraced Death, he won an extension until the next occasion. (He was far older than he appeared, having lived way past his normal lifespan.) However, Death had once almost caught him, leaving glowing skeletal hand-prints on his back. I associate that story with the above issue, so I was disappointed not to see it when I bought the comic in the mid to late '70s. Either it was dropped from later editions, or it was in another Class comic that I read at the same time - one without so memorable a cover (to me at least) as the one above, obviously.
(UPDATE, 2015: I've since discovered that the tale was entitled The MAN Who OUTDISTANCED DEATH, which first appeared in 1952 in STRANGE SUSPENSE STORIES #4, published by FAWCETT. I've yet to determine which AC mag it was reprinted in, if it wasn't the one above.)
I have no real memories of the above cover, apart from owning it thirty-odd years ago. It could have been one I read as a child in the '60s, but nothing about it prompts a memory so I may well have been seeing it for the first time when I bought it back in the '70s. It contains some nice DITKO stories, so it's well-worth having. Anyway, that's enough tedious reminiscing from me for the moment. Hopefully, your own happy childhood or teenage memories have been stirred by reading about mine, so join me in part three for another look at some classic covers from Alan Class.
Posted by Kid at Tuesday, May 22, 2012