Friday, 9 November 2012


Images copyright DC COMICS

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 tales.)  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
at the same time as X-MEN #45, both bought for me by my brother 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 much, I suppose, because it's
too firmly associated with that shop from my childhood days.

And perhaps that's how it should be.

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