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Friday, 9 November 2012
THE RUNAWAY SUPERBOY - PART FIFTEEN OF FAVOURITE COMICS OF THE PAST...
SUPERBOY #146 is another comic I had as a boy which I never
got to read the conclusion of in the next-but-one issue. (Again, just like
WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #178, the succeeding publication was an
80 Page Giant which featured reprints of earlier stories.) The wrap-up
of the Superboy adventure came in number 148, but I've never read it in
the forty-odd years since I first obtained the original comic featuring
the first part of the story. (Or if I have, I've long since forgotten it.
I don't think I have 'though.)
If my flashback faculty is faithfully fulfilling its function, I got this
ish the same day as X-MEN #45, both bought for me by my bruv on or
around the time of his birthday in December 1968. I recall comparing the
full-colour X-Men story with its b&w reprinting in the pages of bombastic
British publication, FANTASTIC, shortly before it finished its 89 issue
run. I think I also flicked through FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #6
in the same shop on the same day of purchase of the other two.
The shop still exists, although it's changed hands quite a few times
over the years - and it's been decades since it sold any U.S. comicbooks.
However, one glance at Superboy #146, X-Men #45, or FF Annual
#6 (even 'though I didn't buy it) and I'm once again back in that shop as it
was in 1968, when I was a mere ten year old boy. Many years later, as an
adult, I finally obtained that FF mag, but it cost a lot more than it would
have back in the '60s. Couldn't tell you where I got it from 'cos I can no
longer remember. Not that it matters, I suppose, because it's too
firmly associated with that shop from my childhood days.
And perhaps that's how it should be.
Update: I've now got the conclusion to the above tale, which
you can read about here. Before you jump over to have a look,
below is the cover (replica edition) of #147, the Giant reprint
issue, so that you've got all three issues in sequence.
Posted by Kid at Friday, November 09, 2012