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Tuesday, 26 August 2014
THE PERSUADERS HOLIDAY SPECIAL 1972...
Isn't it odd the way some things lodge in the mind? Until today, I hadn't seen this PERSUADERS Holiday Special in 42 years, yet some of the contents are as clear in my memory as though I'd purchased it only yesterday. I remember buying it from my local newsagent's on an early Summer evening in 1972 and walking up the stairs that led from my neighbourhood shops, while thumbing through the pages in wide-eyed wonder as I made my way back to my house across the road.
The artwork on The PHANTOM COACH mightily impressed me and it's great to see it again after all this time. If I ever knew the artist's name* then I've forgotten it, but I think this was the first time I'd seen an example of his art (that I can recall anyway), though I'm sure I saw it again in other, later publications. I even remember the photo-joke page, especially the first picture, which I must've quoted numerous times over the years, although, until seeing it again today, I think I'd almost forgotten exactly where I'd nicked it from. (*The artist is MIGUEL QUESADA.)
As this was a Holiday Special, I'd imagine it went on sale sometime around May or June, and as I moved to another house in another neighbourhood halfway through June of 1972, I must've bought this magazine not too long before flitting. Strangely, though, I don't associate it with that particular period, and had it not been dated, I'd have thought I acquired it the year before. Alas, even my memory is not perfect, and sometimes seeks to re-arrange the events of my own personal history.
Speaking of which, what memories do you associate with this POLYSTYLE PUBLICATIONS periodical? Does it conjure up keenly-remembered recollections of yesteryear, or is it a vague, half-forgotten shade from your childhood that lies just beyond your mind's grasp? Either way, tell your fellow Criv-ites all about it in our 'ever- eager-to-hear-from-you' comments section.
Look at the first speech balloon in the first panel of page two - 'Cemetery' is misspelt 'Cemetary'. What's more, if you examine it carefully, you'll see that the 'A' is slightly dipped, indicating that it was a 'correction'. It must've been spelt right to begin with.
Posted by Kid at Tuesday, August 26, 2014