Nostalgic notions, sentimental sighings, wistful wonderings, rueful reflections, poignant ponderings & yearnings for yesteryear! (With a few profound perplexities & puzzling paradoxes thrown in as well.)
oh my,I have some serious holes in my memory!I have no recollection of that cover to number 1.So I went to the comicvine website to see if maybe I started on a later issue.....the first cover i recognised was no 6,then,20,27,48,49...then all the rest are very familiar to me,including a lot of really bad covers that i intentionally had forgotten about.So I thought where else could i have accessed the origins of the ff spidey and the hulk all in the one sitting....maybe in an Alan Class book,but i dont think all three had been in one issue...In 72 I was 8 nearly 9 years old,and I definitely owned almost every issue of mwom(until the later amalgamations and content lost me.)And I definitely was hooked by Marvel after reading number 1.So I then looked at the Titans covers and I remembered and owned all of them and the further amalgamations.....I have to return to the comicvine though,those covers i did recognise were pulling at me something rotten.
And wasn't that MWOM cover a belter - by John Buscema no less. Classic!
It will always be a matter of regret to me that I never had a, "Green-skinned monster T-shirt transfer."
Steve, I have the answer. Print out a copy of the transfer from my blog and trot along to your nearest tattooist with it. Then you can sport a permanent version of it on your chest forever. Problem solved. Am I brilliant or what?
I'm thinking of having it tattooed on my face.
Looking at the cover brings back the smell of that transfer! 5p was quite steep but then Fantastic also had 40 pages and only a colour cover, and that was 9d. And it ended four years earlier, in autum 68. Four years? That's nothing, but it seemed like a long, long gap at the time! The success of MWOM in 72-75 showed that British kids had finally caught up with the Marvel heroes, unlike the cool kids who could say "Oh yeah, I read those stories when I was 7!"
You're right, NP - that four year gap between 'Power' and 'Marvel' seemed like an eternity at the time, even 'though TV21 had featured some Marvel strips in the intervening years. Although I had read two-thirds of the contents of MWOM before and remembered them, I was not overly familiar with the stories to the point of not being able to enjoy them again as (almost) new. It was a case of part introduction and part reacquaintance, you might say. That's why, today, I have two sets of memories from two different times for some strips. When I look at 'Kurrgo, Master of Planet X' in Wham!, for example, I have one set of memories - and when I look at the same story in MWOM, I have another, which includes remembering seeing the tale in Wham! That's almost incomprehensible, but it's a difficult idea to convey.
Good to see these early MWOM for the first time (for me) as I didn't buy it until planet of the apes merged into it. I now see I could have caught up with all the wham/smash/pow reprints that I missed in 67! On the subject of reprints, for sheer value, I don't think the pocket book digests could be bettered.
The Pocket Books were good, but some of the early stories were 'abridged', which spoiled things for me.
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