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Saturday, 31 March 2012
It's now time for our regular trip back into the past to look at another half-dozen issues of FANTASTIC front covers and back-page pin-ups. If you were around when these comics first went on sale, you'll have a blast revisiting your yesterdays - if not, then just enjoy the pretty pictures. See? What more could anyone ask? There's something for everyone on this blog. Only another fifty-nine to go.
Posted by Kid at Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, 30 March 2012
|A 1988 view of my old primary school from the top of the street|
where I lived between November '65 and June '72
I managed to arrange access to one of my old primary schools with a representative of the local educational authorities a few weeks back. I wanted to record it for posterity before it's demolished, which is due to happen in the not too distant future. The school lay empty, the pupils having transferred to a new building on the corner of one of the football pitches at the far side of the playground. I had complete access to every corner of the original building, and I have to admit that it was quite an emotional experience to revisit the scene of what had once been such familiar territory on a daily basis for five years of my childhood.
|The corridor outside the headmaster's office. His door is the one|
on the right
Anyway, touring 'round my old school was rather a bittersweet experience. On one hand, it was almost like I'd never left, what with familiar visions of the past springing out at me from the very walls; on the other, it was rather depressing to see the state of dilapidation the building had been allowed to fall into since the prospect of a new school was first mooted. There'd been a few changes over the recent years, but nothing too major to obscure the welcome glimpse into yesteryear. Pupils from another school will soon be using the building until their new one is completed, and then I'm afraid it's 'curtains' for my old childhood friend - it's possibly got another year and a half at most before it's demolished. Having served the community so well for 50 years, it's about to be wiped off the face of the map as if it never existed - a sad fate indeed.
|View of the football pitches. This scene was eventually obscured|
by opaque safety glass
FOOTNOTE: Incidentally, the photos displayed here are not the ones I took recently. I decided to use ones taken back around 1986 and 1988 because the school was practically exactly as had been in my day and was in a much better condition than in subsequent years.
For a similar self-indulgent, rambling reminiscence, click here.
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Okay, peeps - here's the second part of the origin of IRON MAN from TALES OF SUSPENSE #39. You have to hand it to STAN LEE's brother, LARRY LIEBER - he sure could deliver a well-crafted script. 'Twas he who came up with names like ANTHONY STARK, HENRY PYM, DON BLAKE, URU and probably a whole host of others. Let's hear it for Larrupin' Larry Lieber - he's one of the good ones.
Thursday, 29 March 2012
I was doing a little tidying up today and came across a cardboard standee I acquired from a once-local record & video shop, and which used to adorn a wall of my room in the mid-'80s. The movie had just been released on video (remember them?) and this was one of the ads used to promote the fact in stores across the country. The shop manager didn't have space for it so kindly enquired if I wanted it, knowing that I was a Bond fan. He didn't have to ask twice. At first it sat on top of my portable TV before being promoted to the wall, to better protect it from being damaged should it inadvertently be knocked from its precarious perch atop the telly.