Beyond my window, the swiftly swirling snow bestows its sparkling
splendour upon the stark and startling scene outside. Inside, I return to
over forty years ago to relive the heady days of my early teens, which
were themselves a re-experience of an even earlier time in my boyhood.
You see, dear reader, the tales contained within the covers you see here,
I had previously read in the pages of the ODHAMS PRESS publications
known as POWER COMICS, in this specific instance the weekly
periodicals entitled WHAM!, SMASH!, and POW!
Although these stories conjured up recollections from an earlier period
in my life (and all the myriad associations which went with them), I was not
so over-familiar with them to be immune from a new set of memories being
formed within my impressionable mind. As I once explained, that's why I
can look at certain stories from my childhood and teenage years and have
two distinct sets of remembrances connected to the same tales, depending
on whichever particular printing of them I'm perusing at the time.
But enough of such self-indulgent musings, let's look at the goods.
JIM STARLIN delights us with two sensational covers to THE MIGHTY
WORLD OF MARVEL #s 6 & 7, inked, I believe, by JOE SINNOTT. Issue
#7's FANTASTIC FOUR adventure contained only one chapter from the
cosmic quartet's first encounter with DOCTOR DOOM (from FF #5), so we
were presented with a preponderance of pin-ups and puzzle pages to pad
the issue out to the required 40 pages. Not that anyone was complaining,
mind you, as they lent themselves more to the usual contents of a 'typical'
British comic. (Not that MWOM was ever really that, of course.)
Anyway, enjoy these iconic images from more than four decades in the
past. As you immerse yourself in their spell, I return to the window to again
recall the snow from a long-ago but never-forgotten period of my life which,
although behind me, is ever before me. Now beat that for a perplexing
piece of paradoxical philisophical profundity.
Part Four coming soon.