Monday, 20 April 2015

ROBIN #1 (1985)...

Here's a comic I picked up in Portsmouth in 1985 when I was
staying down there for a few months.  I bought it purely because
it was a number one, recognising it as a revival of an earlier version
which had come out in 1953.  The original ROBIN was published
first by HULTON PRESS, then ODHAMS PRESS, and finally
IPC MAGAZINES.  It lasted 836 issues until 1969 and was
then incorporated into PLAYHOUR.

The second incarnation of the comic was far less successful,
lasting, I believe, only two issues before vanishing into the ether
forever.  I really must track down that second ish some day, then
I'll be able to boast of having the complete 'set'.  In the meantime,
whenever I want to remember my time in Buckland, Portsmouth,
in the first few months of 1985, one of the comics that brings
 it all back to me is this 30 year old nursery title.

Here are a select few pages to give you a taste of it.

And, as a bonus, here's the first version from 1953.


John Pitt said...

Now the first one - that I remember! It was the Eagle for infants.

Kid said...

Yup, companion paper to Eagle, Girl, and Swift, I believe, JP.

DeadSpiderEye said...

Dennis is a bit derivative, should've just called 'em Postman Pete and Joss the dog. Do you think that could be why they pulled the plug after two issues, the BBC breathing down their necks?

Kid said...

Doubt it, DSE - Wimpole Village was a licenced property from ITV. The comic probably just didn't sell.

DeadSpiderEye said...

Seems weird to go that trouble then pack it in so quick. The artwork is kinda weak for a cover feature too, the inertia's not bad though.

Kid said...

Looks like most of it was reprint. I'm not sure just how well nursery comics were selling back in the mid-'80s in general - perhaps they'd had their time.

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