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Sunday, 4 May 2014
MARVEL PREMIERE DOCTOR WHO COVER & SPLASH PAGE GALLERY...
It was from a newsagent's kiosk in Portsmouth train station
in 1981 that I acquired the above issue of MARVEL PREMIERE
(#57) Featuring DOCTOR WHO - that much is definite. I think I
may also have got #59 at the same time, as I strongly associate the two
comics with each other. However, it may be that I obtained the latter in
another shop, but I'm pretty sure I bought it in Portsmouth or Southsea
in 1981. It's important that I record the historical events as accurately
as I'm able for when they get around to making a big-budget movie
of my life. Excuse me, the medication must be wearing off. (Just
to be clear, that's imaginary medication to which I refer, for
the purpose of comedic effect.)
Anyway, I managed to get the missing two issues a year or so
later, although it may have been a few years later for all I know.
Fact is, I was merely filling a gap in my collection - in a rather per-
functory fashion it has to be said - so they never really had much of
a chance to impress themselves upon me in the same way as other
comics have (and do). Suffice to say, I've had them for close
to 30 years, and that's a long, long time.
So what can I tell you about them - apart from their place
in the scheme of my personal history? Not much, to be truthful.
At the end of the story in #58, "CITY Of The DAMNED!" was
advertised for next issue. Nothing strange about that really, as it was
the original title of the tale when it appeared in Marvel U.K.'s weekly
Doctor Who comic. However, when the story appeared in MP #59
(and 60), it was retitled "City of the Cursed!", as our American
cousins apparently would've been unable to withstand the assault
of such vulgar language on their sensibilities - despite CLARK
GABLE having paved the way as far back as 1939.
History has failed to record just how those delicate young
American readers who'd been exposed to the original title in
the previous issue were affected. No doubt they required many
years of dedicated counselling and therapy to help stabilise them
and allow the poor souls to re-enter normal society, where
they could hopefully lead happy and productive lives.
Anyway, that's enough p*sh from me - I now turn you loose
upon the impressive images that lay before you in this power-
house post. Feel free to leave a comment if you so desire.
Posted by Kid at Sunday, May 04, 2014