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Friday, 2 January 2015
"DO YOU TAKE PLASTIC, MAN?" FAVOURITE COMICS OF THE PAST - PART THIRTY-TWO...
Funny how we sometimes like to 'repeat' the past, eh? I first
bought the above comic around 1973 ('though it was issued in '71)
from my local R.S. McCOLL'S in the main shopping centre of my
home town. The memories that resurface just typing that sentence
almost overwhelm me; memories of shops that no longer have a
presence in that centre - or anywhere at all in some cases.
Shops like WOOLWORTHS, SAFEWAY, The CO-OP,
KRAZY CUTS, GALBRAITH'S, TEMPLETON'S, TIMOTHY
WHITE'S, FINE FARE, HENDERSON'S and W. & R. HOLMES,
have turned off their lights and pulled down the shutters one by one.
Others, like HALFORDS, have upped-sticks and relocated to out-
of-town retail parks where rent and rates are less expensive.
Sorry, I got distracted there - we're not here to talk about
extinct shops, but DC SPECIAL #15, featuring JACK COLE's
PLASTIC MAN. I had such a soft spot in my memory for this mag
that, when the 'lost' 80 Page Giant PLASTIC MAN Annual was
issued in 2003/'04, I bought it immediately just because it reminded
me of the yellow covered mag from the '70s that I'd once owned.
That's what I meant about repeating the past.
One of the things I thought I'd read in this comic was that
Jack Cole drew his pages printed size (at least for the origin tale) -
not twice up as was the custom of the time. However, I can find
no mention of the fact anywhere in my recent replacement issue, but
I definitely read it somewhere way back in the 1970s. (Interestingly,
LEO BAXENDALE fell out with The BEANO editor for doing
something similar to meet a deadline once, refusing to redraw the
page when the editor insisted on it, so obviously the same
allowances weren't made for him as Jack Cole.)
Anyway, enjoy the selection of images from this mag from
over 40 years ago. Time doesn't just fly, it also stretches - at
least, it does when you've got your very own time machine in
the form of a classic comicbook from your youth!
Posted by Kid at Friday, January 02, 2015