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Thursday, 5 May 2016
OOOH! FANTASTIC FREE GIFT SCAR(E)S PARENTS...
The first issue of FANTASTIC I ever purchased was #7,
but the first one I saw was #3. That was on a trip into Glasgow
with my parents and brother one Saturday, but as its free gift was a
disgusting piece of 'confectionery' of which I never partake, I wasn't
much interested in the comic. The first I recall being aware of the
new title however, was with #2, mainly because of the stooshie
caused by the free gift. It perhaps seems ridiculous nowadays,
but it certainly made a fuss back in the dark ages of 1967.
Whether it was a genuine story or one cobbled up by bored
journalists on a slow news week, I remember Scottish presenter
BILL TENNENT doing a 'piece' on the STV news about parents
being worried that children who couldn't get the comic and free gift
of 'scar' stickers might take to disfiguring themselves with knives in
order to create their own set of scars. Are kids really that stupid?
Some might be, certainly, but I rather think they'd be more likely
to draw their own scars and stick them onto their skin than
reach for the penknife dad gave them for Christmas.
Bill Tennent was a well-known Scottish TV presenter, and I'm
surprised to see that he retired from TV in the late '70s to run the
MARIE STUART Hotel in Glasgow. I was even more surprised
to learn that he died in 1993 at the too young age of only 59. He was
such a fixture of television in Scotland that most people around my age
will be saddened to learn of his passing if they weren't already aware of
it. Remember the programme TIMESLIP? For years I was sure that
it was Bill who did the introductory piece at the beginning of the first
episode, until I watched it on video in the mid-'90s. and saw it was
PETER FAIRLEY. Perhaps Bill did the intro shown in Scot-
land as he was better-known here? Anyone know?
Anyway, that's two subjects covered under one banner.
You sure get your money's worth on this blog. Take a look
at the controversial stickers below. Do they make you want to
cut yourself, or merely print out a copy and stick them all
over your face and wrists? Either way, you're a nutter!
Posted by Kid at Thursday, May 05, 2016