Saturday, 1 March 2014
SMASH! COVER GALLERY - PART ONE...
In February of 1966, a brand-new comic hit newsagents' counters all
across the country: SMASH! was a companion comic to WHAM!, LEO
BAXENDALE's proposed 'Super BEANO', which at that time was just
under two years old. Both comics were published by ODHAMS PRESS,
but by the time 1969 rolled around, Odhams had been subsumed by IPC
MAGAZINES Ltd., who then relaunched Smash! (the only surviving
POWER COMIC out of five) as a more 'traditional' comic in the
style of popular weeklies VALIANT and LION.
The revamped comic, launched in March of 1969, survived for
around two years, and if not for a printers strike lasting several weeks
in 1970, would doubtless have produced more than the 95 issues actually
published. In fact, it seems likely that the strike was the cause of regular
readers drifting away, thereby curtailing the comic's potential lifespan
and hastening its 'takeover' by Valiant in April of '71.
Here then, is the first in a series of cover galleries showcasing 'new'
Smash! in all its glory. I hope that those who lived through the period
will find this tantalising glimpse of a vanished periodical from their past
extremely welcome. If you have any particular memories associated
with these issues, feel free to share them in the comments section.
And don't forget to come back for Part Two!
Posted by Kid at Saturday, March 01, 2014