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Tuesday, 2 September 2014
CLASSIC COMICS: TV ACTION #59...
Okay, Criv-ites - as a special treat, I thought I'd present you with TV ACTION + COUNTDOWN #59, which I featured the cover of
in part four of my FAVOURITE COMICS Of The PAST series some
time back. This time around 'though, you get the complete issue, plus
I've also thrown in the elucidating exposition which accompanied the
aforementioned previous pulsating post. (Saves you looking it up.)
As I lay in bed on that lazy March or April mid-morning in 1972, I
was unaware that, in a few short weeks, I'd be moving house for the fourth
time in my thirteen and a half short years of existence. Through the slightly
open window the sound of kids in the playground of my old Primary school
at the foot of the road reached my ears, as I sipped American Cream Soda and enjoyed not having to attend the local Senior Secondary
educational establishment a couple of streets away.
Surrounded by a monumental mountain of comics, the inconse-
quential illness which had kept me from school was soon forgotten, as I
luxuriated in the privileged status of idle absenteeism while my classmates
busied themselves with the enforced academic application that such scholarly
study demands. Looking back, it's strange to realise that, were it not for the
date on one particular comic cover establishing almost the exact moment
in history, my recollection of events would suggest them as having
occurred many months before their actual point in time.
The comic in question? The 59th issue of COUNTDOWN, which
also happened to be the first issue relaunched under the new title of TV ACTION. Cover-dated April 1st, it had gone on sale on March 25th, and
perhaps the subsequent issue may even have been in that pile of comics on
top of the blankets. I'm not 100% sure, hence my hesitation in pinpointing
the exact month of that school 'sickie' all those years ago. All I know is
that it was around the end of March or the beginning of April.
However, as I said - that was only a mere handful of weeks away
from moving to a 'new' house in another area. I was blissfully unaware
of the fact, although no doubt my conspiratorial parents had been making
arrangements for some time. I was only told of the move about a fortnight
in advance, which, with hindsight, I'm actually glad of, as the knowledge
would probably have spoiled the last occasion I had a day off from
school in the house I'd lived in since I was seven years old.
One glance at the above comic and I'm once again lying in bed on
that morning in 1972, listening to the faint noises from the street as they
drift in through my inch-open window - the knowledge that one chapter
of my life was about to end and another begin still concealed behind
the enveloping cover of Time's cascading curtain.
If you have any fond memories of this particular issue,
feel entirely free to share them with your fellow Criv-ites in
our captivating comments section.