|Image copyright DC COMICS|
I've got a question for you all, but first let me waffle
on for a bit. In 1969, I bought The MIGHTY THOR #158,
which was the first of a two-part story examining the origins of the
thunder god. It was around six years before I finally got to read the
conclusion, which was reprinted (in two episodes) in the pages of a
1975 British weekly MARVEL title (SMCW #s 125 & 126 to be
precise). Ten years later, I managed to obtain Thor #159 - along
with a replacement of #158 - both of which I still have today.
It's good to eventually catch up with one's past.
Another occasion was when I finally tracked down a copy
of the third WILLY The KID book by LEO BAXENDALE -
a mere 31 years after the fact. Being able to place it on the shelf
alongside the previous two books (which I'd purchased when first
released) was a feeling of accomplishment, let me tell you. Same
goes for when I obtained two missing issues for the 17 ish run of
X-MEN: The EARLY YEARS a whopping 19 years after the
series had finished. Then there was the 40 years between
buying the first CAPTAIN AMERICA King Size
Special and adding #2 to my collection.
However, the record time it's taken me to track down
a follow-up issue of a mag to find out how a story ends is a
whopping 46 (possibly 47) years. The periodical in question
is WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #180 which I received today,
acquired from eBay for a modest price. (For the story behind its
predecessor, click here.) What's interesting (to me anyway) is the
fact that the door of the room in which I've just read the wrap-up,
bears the actual number plate of the house in which I lived when I
read the initial part of the tale all those years ago. (I bought the
number from the then-current tenant of my former abode
back in 1991.) A nice touch of continuity, I thought.
So, was it worth the wait? Well, it's nice to finally know
what happened, but the issue was never going to make the
same impression on my consciousness as that of its predeces-
sor, simply because I'm not as impressionable as I was at 9 or
10. One look at the first part of the tale and I'm back in my old
house again, the intervening years yet to occur, but I haven't
had WFC #180 long enough for it to conjure forth any
associated images in my mind. That'll take time.
Anyway, enjoy the cover and a few pages from this latest
acquisition to my cataclysmic comics collection. And here's
the question I mentioned at the beginning of this post: What's
the longest period of time it's taken you to fill a missing gap
in your collection? Can you beat 46 years? Do tell.
|Is this the first splash page in a U.S. mag to continue directly|
from the cover? If you can think of any others, let me know