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Monday, 16 April 2012
FAVOURITE COMICS OF THE PAST PART FIVE - MARVEL COLLECTORS' ITEM CLASSICS #1...
Images copyright MARVEL COMICS
MARVEL COLLECTORS' ITEM CLASSICS #1 was precisely what it claimed to be on the cover. Talk about living up to its name? Reprinting FANTASTIC FOUR #2, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3, ANT-MAN from TALES To ASTONISH #36 and TALES Of ASGARD from JOURNEY Into MYSTERY #97 - what more could anyone want in a comic?
I recall buying this mag back around 1967 or '68. I hadn't read any of the stories before (must've missed the FF tale when it was reprinted in WHAM!, and the Spidey story in POW!) so it was all new to me. I was intrigued by the fact that the group didn't wear costumes, and one Spider-Man panel seemed to possess a distinct 3D quality to it. (As it certainly did when it was included as part of a VIEWMASTER set in the '70s.)
I managed to get my hands on quite a few issues of MCIC after that - and I still remember each and every one of them. I've since re-acquired most of the first 30-odd issues (the title changed to MARVEL'S GREATEST COMICS with #23), and I often derive great pleasure from poring over them and reliving the time I first obtained these classic comics so many years ago.
Interestingly, when MARVEL first issued their reprint collection mags (like MARVEL TALES, etc.), the original printing of each story was unobtrusively listed along the bottom of the splash page. It wasn't too long, however, before this information was placed in a larger 'arrow-blurb' which obscured part of the artwork. Because of this, they sometimes had to shrink and chop the page around to avoid covering too much of it. Why not just print the info smaller then, as they had done originally? Perhaps they were obliged by law (or motivated by conscience) to make it clear that the mag contained no new material, although I would've thought the title fulfilled that requirement more than adequately.
Regardless,Marvel Collectors' Item Classics was a superb comic mag, so - for those who weren't around at the time, or who simply want to refresh their memory - here's a super-quick taste of the first issue.
And, in case you were wondering, below is the picture which struck me as having an almost 3D quality about it when I first saw it around 45 years ago. I now cringe in abject shame at the memory of cutting out the Spidey figure from my original copy. Bleedin' little vandal.