Monday, 3 March 2014

PART TWO OF SMASH! COVER GALLERY...



Okay, here we are with the next instalment of the SMASH! cover
gallery, to give all you comic-hungry peeps an idea of what you missed if
you weren't around at the time, or refresh your memory if you were.

One thing I've noticed about Smash! is just how much reading there
is in each issue.  Typical of boys comics in Britain at this time, each page
equalled two pages of an American comicbook.  Therefore, a three-page
strip in a comic like Smash! was really a six-page strip in U.S. terms.  So,
even 'though some of the strips were retitled reprints, the comic was
exceptionally good value for money at only 7d.

The WARRIORS Of The WORLD cover feature lasted for 46
issues, before being replaced with a dramatic 'splash page' representing
the exploits of SIMON TEST for the remainder of the comic's lifespan.
 Looking back now, it's hard to believe it ran for only two years - it seems
 far longer in retrospect.  However, including the ODHAMS incarnation
of the comic, it lasted for just over five years in total, making it a
respectable success from the publisher's point of view.

I can guarantee you one thing:  Whatever numbers the comic was
selling in when the decision was taken to cancel it, publishers today
would consider half those sales figures a raging, sure-fire success.

Part Three coming soon!





12 comments:

Irmantas said...

One small correction, Kid: after Warriors of the World ended, all the dramatic splash panels on SMASH! covers represented Simon Test stories; there were two series in SMASH! – The 13 Tasks of Simon Test lasted for 12 weeks, followed immediately by The Curse of the Conqueror (35 weeks). So rather than being splash panels representing various interior stories, all 47 essentially belonged to a single story.

Kid said...

And that was the one story amongst the various that I was thinking of, Irmantas. I'll amend the post to make it clearer. Ta.

Paul McScotty -Muir said...

One even smaller addition to the covers Kid; If my maths are correct and according to your first SMASH blog Smash lasted 94 issues of these 46 issues featured "Warriors of the World" and 47 issues featured "Simon Test" on the cover = 93 covers in total - The remaining cover was of Frances Lee (Manchester City) who was "used" to advertise the "My Favourite Soccer Stars" picture cards that were given away across the IPC boys line at the time (February 1970) - I wasn't sure how long that free gift ran for and assumed at that time Football stars featured on the cover for a while and not just one issue as it may seem they did (and wasn't aware Simon Test featured for so long either)

Kid said...

McScotty, there was indeed an illustration of said footballer on the cover for the 7th February issue. The football gifts lasted another three issues, and there was an insert-illustration of the fact on the Simon Test covers. I'm assuming that these cards included the Gordon Banks one I had as a kid. I was never into football, but I liked Gordon Banks because he was the best at what he did - and because his name was Gordon, of course.

Paul McScotty -Muir said...

Yes there was indeed a Gordon Banks card but that appeared in the Scorcher dated 14-02-1970 - I only know that as its listed in that copy of Smash I have with Frances Lee on the cover (although I collected them all at the time as I'm a big footy fan)strange seeing all the names of footballers from my childhood they must all be about 70 now (sadly a few have passed away and even more I can't recall (except the Scottish players)

Kid said...

Ah, that rings a bell. Funny thing is, even 'though I wasn't into football, I bought Shoot!, Scorcher, and Score when they first came out. I've got a scan of the front of that Banks card, which reminds me of those days.

Colin Jones said...

I remember going to a Christmas party in the village hall when I was about nine (so Xmas 1975) and we all got presents - mine was a football book which was of no interest to me, I'd much rather have got a Marvel annual but I suppose all the boys got a generic "boy's" present and all the girls probably got a doll.Even an Action Man would have been preferable to a football book.

Kid said...

I've got over 70 articulated figures, amongst them several Action Men - and two Tommy Gunns (AM's British rival).

Colin Jones said...

Kid, I thought Action Man WAS British ?! And I've never heard of Tommy Gunn !

Kid said...

Action Man was a British name for an American toy, Col. G.I. Joe was first introduced in America in 1964 by Hasbro (Hassenfeld Brothers, if I recall correctly), and repackaged by Palitoy as Action Man for Britain in 1966. (The original ones on sale were actually G.I. Joes in Action Man boxes.) Then Palitoy acquired their own moulds and started producing their own figures, which had both the Hasbro and Palitoy names in the small of the back.

Pedigree had tried to acquire the rights to G.I., Joe but lost out to Palitoy, so they produced their own figure - Tommy Gunn. There's a post about him on this blog somewhere.

Paul McScotty -Muir said...

The first Action Man I got (in the AM box) was indeed a GI Joe (the "doll" had "GI Joe" stamped on his bahookie). I dont remember the Tommy Gunn figures that well but seem to recall they were pretty well made.

Kid said...

That's right, McScotty - the name G.I. Joe was stamped on the American figure's bum, the British one had something like 'Made in England by Palitoy, Under Licence by Hasbro(C) 1964' stamped in the small of the back.

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