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Friday, 19 February 2016
FAVOURITE COMICS OF THE PAST - PART THIRTY-NINE: THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #66...
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If my memory is functioning properly, I purchased this
ish from the same newsagent's where I'd once regularly bought
TV CENTURY 21 when I was a mere six years old. I then took a
trip along to visit a friend who lived in a relatively newly-constructed
housing scheme, and stopped by the side of a path bordering a field to
read my latest acquisition. There was some kind of small concrete con-
struct under which I sheltered, and when I'd finished the comic, I con-
tinued my journey to my friend's house. Oddly, I recall nothing much
of the rest of the day after reading IRON MAN #66, but I associate
the issue - and one page in particular (4th one down) - with the
point in the road where I'd stopped to read it.
That's because the field at which I'd stopped resembled the
one portrayed on the page. Had GEORGE TUSKA included
a concrete water tower in the picture, it would have been almost a
dead-ringer for where I read the comic. For many years, whenever
I passed that field, I couldn't do so without thinking of ol' Shellhead
smashing through his giantic foe; nor could I read the comic without
thinking of that stretch of road and the field itself. Sadly, there are
houses there now and the field is no more than a memory, but the
memory is never more vivid than when I peruse that page in
one of my favourite comics of the past!
If you read this comic back in '74, what are your memories
of it, and do you associate it with any particular place? Humour
your fellow old farts by sharing your reminiscences in the com-
ments section. Quick, before the memory fades forever!
Ah, I'm back there now, reading it for the very first time - magic!