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Monday, 6 January 2014
"THE CASE OF THE LETHAL LETTERS!" FAVOURITE COMICS OF THE PAST - PART TWENTY-FOUR...
The way I remember it, I'd just arrived home after a school trip
to CULZEAN CASTLE and decided to trot along to CORSON'S
to see what new comics they had. I came back with the one above -
SUPERMAN #204 - to add to my collection. Of course, I could be
inadvertently combining two completely separate occasions because
of the similar impressions they left on me and the trip to Culzean
Castle may have been on another day, but that's the way I seem
to recall it and, as I'm writing this piece, I get the final say.
I believe this was the first time I'd seen ROSS ANDRU's art
on Superman, although I didn't know his name or that it was he who
had drawn the strip until many years later, but I recall the pages with
startling clarity as if I'd seen them only yesterday. Perhaps my memory
of them was reinforced when I saw them reprinted in SUPER DC two
or three years later, and that helped embed them in my consciousness,
who knows? The fact remains, however, that they're certainly dynam-
ically-composed pages in contrast to what CURT SWAN was doing
at the time. (His finest hour was surely when he was paired with
MURPHY ANDERSON a couple of years later.)
The issue contained a reprint entitled "THE DUPLICATE
SUPERMAN!" (a gimmick that was used a number of times in
subsequent years - was this the first?), but see how it was labelled
- "A DEMAND CLASSIC". Surely a case of the editor 'demanding'
its inclusion as a cost-cutting exercise, because I can't see too many
readers (if any) writing in to demand specific stories they'd never
seen before. Or am I being too cynical?
Anyway, that's surely enough waffle from me - I'll leave
you to get on with looking at the pretty pictures.
Posted by Kid at Monday, January 06, 2014