Tuesday, 29 April 2014
SEVEN SENSATIONAL PAGES OF THE AMAZING JOHNNY FUTURE - PART NINE...
Look at the ad on the last page on this post - the 'FANTASTIC
EXPLOSION!' It was a lie of course. Two comics becoming one is
only an implosion, but publishers ODHAMS PRESS could hardly
admit the truth - can you imagine? "Sad news inside, chums! Due to not
enough people buying TERRIFIC, we have no option but to cancel the
title and move some of the strips over to its sister publication, which is
also ailing. By combining the two readerships, we may be able to
limp along for a little while yet!" Nah, doesn't have quite the
same ring, does it?
So these events were always promoted as something to get ex-
cited about - something that readers 'demanded'. That's why you
can regard just about any claim from any publisher as complete and
utter p*sh, because they always try to put a positive spin on things! They
seldom, if ever, tell you the truth. A comic being cancelled after 75 years is
promoted as a bold new chapter in its history rather than a sad event. Any
whim of the editor is hailed as a response to what the readers wanted. When
The DANDY changed to fortnightly publication back in 2004, the excuse
given was that research had shown that kids no longer had time in their
busy lives for a weekly comic, hence the change to every two weeks.
Meanwhile, better-selling sister publication The BEANO proved
the lie of that claim - week after week after week.
Anyway, enjoy the wrap-up of JF's current adventure - and be
sure to return for the final Fantastic weekly episode - a seven page
single story - on this, the very best blog of its kind (according to
my pal Bob, and he wouldn't lie - I think) in the history of everything!
(H'mm, maybe I should 'big' myself up a bit. Whaddya think?)
Posted by Kid at Tuesday, April 29, 2014