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Saturday, 26 March 2016
FAVOURITE COMICS OF THE PAST - PART FORTY-THREE: SWAMP THING #1...
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One of my favourite newsagent's back in the '70s was an
R.S. McCOLL's in the Old Village quarter of my town. It was
situated next to an old-fashioned tearoom called The WILLOW,
which was like a LYONS tearoom from the '50s. Today, what was
The Willow is part of a Chinese or Indian restaurant, and the news-
agent's is now a GREGGS, both of whose original incarnations I
miss in equal measure. Roll on that Lottery win so that I can
buy and restore them to their former glory.
Just some of the comics I recall buying in that particular
McColl's were The DEMON #1, SECRET ORIGINS #1,
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY Annual #1, KULL The CON-
QUEROR #1, and today's favourite comic of the past - SWAMP
THING #1. Doubtless there were many other mags (some of them
British) I bought in that much-missed shop, but these are the ones
which spring to mind at this moment. So, tell you what. Let's
take a look at some of the pages from that classic issue of
Swamp Thing - comics don't get any better than this.
And if you have any memories of (or observations on)
this magnificent mag, then share them with the rest of us.
And below is a pic from the '50s of the tearoom and newsagent's.
The Willow's premises had a windowed extension just out of view
to the left of the tree to accommodate more tables and chairs.