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Wednesday, 25 February 2015
THE CRUNCH COVER GALLERY - PART FIVE...
As well as having all 54 issues of The CRUNCH, I'm pretty sure I also have all 67 issues of SPIKE, which was published by D.C. THOMSON around three years after its predecessor's demise. Unless I've given them away and then forgotten about it, they should be up in my loft in a box somewhere and have been for years. (Let's just hope they're not too mouldy.) I may even have CHAMP as well, but whether or not I've still got the complete set or only the first three issues, I can no longer remember.
It's a shame that DCT no longer produce action/adventure weekly titles for boys, because they had their own undeniable charm, despite their cheap paper and typeset lettering. Of course, that may just be nostalgia for the past which makes me feel that way, as comics like VICTOR, HOTSPUR, WARLORD, etc., represent a fondly remembered part of my childhood. Not that I was ever a regular reader of the first two papers, restricting myself to an occasional free gift issue down through the years.
It's kind of scary though to think that today's kids may one day look back on the last incarnation of The DANDY with the same glow of affection, as, let's face it - one or two strips apart, it was pure p*sh. When I eventually win 80 squillion quid on the the Lottery I'll come to an agreement with Thomson's and revive some of their retired titles, fill them with classic strips, but print them on the same cheap paper. I'm convinced that content is the important thing, and I'd much rather read an old 1970s comic printed on what seemed like blotting paper, than a modern one printed on something akin to a shiny piece of linoleum.
What say the rest of you?
Posted by Kid at Wednesday, February 25, 2015