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Sunday, 22 May 2016
'CONAN' BOWS OUT - LONG LIVE THE 'NEW' CONAN...
I've shown this splash page before, I'm sure, but it's time to
revisit it. Mainly because its twin, taken from an issue of CONAN
The BARBARIAN #6, has been affixed to my wall since 1979. Like
BILBO BAGGINS, it was also there and back again (regular readers
will know what I'm alluding to), but it's now faded and rippled, and its
retirement fast approaches. I've already printed out an actual-sized
replacement to fill its spot on the wall, but it's kind of sad to have
to say farewell to something that's been with me for 37 years.
True, its clone (a more pristine, vibrantly-coloured clone
admittedly) will assume its predecessor's place, but it's a bit like
leaving your wife for a younger woman who's the double of your
missus as she was 30-odd years ago. I feel extremely hard-hearted
in jettisoning the original pic after its many years of faithful service,
but my room could do with a splash of colour to restore it to what
it once was, poster-wise. Sadly, several more 'old friends' will
be taking their final bow before too long, to be replaced by
doppelgangers waiting to step into their vacated shoes.
I'll do the deed tonight, and feel like a murderer. Perhaps,
if inanimate objects have any kind of 'sentience', it will view its
demise as a welcome release, as people and pets in pain do when
their final moment comes and they enter that eternal sleep which
is the fate of us all. Alas, there's no resisting entropy. If only
such were not the case, eh? Maybe one day - hopefully.
Anyway, at least the situation allows me to show you a
nice BARRY SMITH pic. That's surely worth a little bit
of maudlin sentiment, dontcha think? (It oughtta be.)
Posted by Kid at Sunday, May 22, 2016