Monday, 24 September 2012


Isn't it strange how, when we look at the past through the muggy
mists of memory, periods of time we experienced as children seem to
have lasted much longer than they actually did?  For instance, when I used
to purchase FANTASTIC back in the 1960s, it felt like I was reading the
ODHAMS PRESS weekly comic for years before it eventually discontinued
publication and was merged into SMASH!, one of its stablemates.  However,
Fantastic lasted for no more than 89 issues - which is (if my calculations
are correct) a period of exactly one year and nine months.  Surely such a
thing is impossible?  To me, it feels like I was buying it for about three
or four years at least.

It's the same with WHAM!, another of the five POWER COMICS, as
they were known.  I didn't become a regular reader until the comic started
featuring THE FANTASTIC FOUR, sometime around August of 1966.
The title was merged into POW! an issue or two into January of '68, which
means that I had only been buying it for less than a year and a half before its
untimely demise.  Yet, when I think back, it seems (and seemed) that the
weekly periodical was a feature of my life for a far longer time than
was actually the case.

Regular readers may remember that, some time ago, I mentioned in
a previous post a quotation I heard on the radio a good few years back
which ran something like this:  "The memories of childhood are without
time and without end."  When I revisit my own memories of childhood,
I'm convinced of the truth of that insightful piece of wisdom.  If anyone
can tell me its source I'd be much obliged. 


Mel said...

Welcome back Kid. I have exactly the same feelings about the length of time the Power comics existed. It also feels like the sixties lasted longer than any decade since.

Kid said...

Thanks, Mel. The '60s and '70s seem about the same span to me, but the last thirty years have gone by in a blink.