Monday, 23 July 2018

FANCY A TRIP BACK TO 1972? THEN JUMP ABOARD THE TIME TRAVEL EXPRESS...


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I stepped back into the '70s today, when I received the above issue of BUSTER & JET, cover-dated 1st January 1972.  Nowadays, comics usually go on sale at least a week before the date on the cover, but back in the '60s & '70s, it was sometimes just a few days (depending on the publisher), as must've been the case here.  Otherwise it would've been on newsagents' counters on the 25th December and that's just not likely considering the day.  There was still a week between issues though, it's just that the cover date didn't always correspond with reality, which has created all sorts of problems for comics historians later trying to establish exactly when a periodical went on sale.  The cover says 'Every Monday', but it may well have been in the shops on the Saturday, so it can be really confusing at times.

But I got sidetracked, as that's not what I intended to talk about.  I bought this comic for a mere 99p (wotta bargain) and what a little gem it is.  Art by ANGEL NADAL, KEN REID, LEO BAXENDALE, REG PARLETT, TERRY BAVE, JOHN STOKES, DOUG MAXTED, SOLANO LOPEZ, and others, make this a delight for the eyes and a joy to read.  I no longer recall if I was still buying the merged comic at this stage in '72, but if I wasn't, I should've been!  With this issue, Ken Reid's QUEEN Of The SEAS from SMASH! was reprinted, and PEST Of The WEST from WHAM! appears to be a regular feature as well.  I really struck it lucky with this comic, which I only bid on in a PHIL'S COMICS auction on a whim!

This 36 page comic was real value for money back in the day.  Costing a mere 3 new pence, it was absolutely chock-full of fun and adventure.  VON HOFFMAN'S INVASION, FISHBOY DENIZEN Of The DEEP, SAM'S CITY JUNGLE, GALAXUS The THING From OUTER SPACE, and The WIZARD Of FOOTBALL supplied the action, while The SLUDGEMOUTH SLOGGERS and The ASTOUNDING ADVENTURES Of CHARLIE PEACE both provided fun and adventure in equal measure.  For outright humour, BUSTER'S DREAM WORLD, RENT-A-GHOST Ltd., The HAPPY FAMILY, BUSTER GIGGLES, CLEVER DICK, SMILER And DIMPS, BONEHEAD, MASTER-MIND, The KIDS Of STALAG 41, BOB-A-JOB, Queen Of The Seas, BERTIE BUMPKIN, TATTY MANE KING Of The JUNGLE, CONVICT 4321 OUTT, Pest Of The West, and FACEACHE fulfilled that function admirably.  

I've decided to show a few choice pages to give you a taste of the issue, but I'd like you to take a good look at the Rent-A-Ghost Ltd. page in particular.  In my previous post I mentioned the visual shorthand employed in comics in order to convey character information at a glance, and the Scotsman is a fine example of this.  Could he be described as a 'racial' (but not racist) or ethnic stereotype?  Well, that's one way of putting it I suppose, but I just regard him as a convenient comical caricature, designed to cut to the chase in telling the reader who and what he is;  there's no malicious or demeaning intent.  True, some Scots may take exception to this cliched depiction, but most of us can laugh at ourselves, as well as other nations' perception of us.  Just thought I'd throw that out there for your consideration - and it's a complete coincidence that the strip ties in to my previous post, as I had no idea what the storylines were when I purchased the comic.

Anyway, I'm off back to the '70s - why not come along for the ride?!

   



I now have all three Annuals pictured here, but back in 1972, all I had was
the THUNDER book.  Can't recall if I even saw the other two, but the titles
seemed like ancient history by then, their weekly comics having expired
two or three years earlier - which seems far longer when yet a youth

8 comments:

Paul Mcscotty said...

Sadly I stopped buying Buster (apart from the very odd issue) around late 1971 in favour for US comics and MWOM etc- from the read out on the strips that were in this issue I made a mistake what a great line up, although at 12 years old I probably thought they were too childish. Buster was one of my favourite comics of all time (with Smash being my favourite....just). Seeing Leo Baxendales work takes me right back great stuff - 99p has got to be a total steal I'll need to take a look at my Buster collection now

Kid said...

I think I'll have to consider enlarging my Buster collection now, PM, as it's rather meagre. Two or three of the humour strips look like reprints from the '50s, but overall, it's a great little package. Maybe I'll hunt down the full year's worth for 1972.

B Smith said...

Still waiting for that collected Zarga book :-)

Kid said...

Could well happen, BS - you never know.

Finton said...

Absolutely love this blog mate. Some of the 70s comics stuff takes me right back. Wonderful stuff.

Kid said...

Yeah, they strips are great, aren't they? If only they were still around today.

Vince and Siv said...

To paraphrase someone or the other....An elegant comic for a more civilized age...

Kid said...

I sometimes find it hard to believe that I can't just walk into a newsagent's today and buy a comic like this, V&S. So many great comics that were around for so long during our childhoods and early adult years, now gone a long time and unlikely ever to return.

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