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!", although it wasn't drawn by 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: The tale was entitled The MAN Who OUT-
DISTANCED DEATH, which first appeared in STRANGE SUSPENSE
STORIES #4 (1952), 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