Monday, 3 March 2014
PART TWO OF SMASH! COVER GALLERY...
Okay, here we are with the next instalment of the SMASH! cover gallery, to give all you comic-hungry peeps an idea of what you missed if you weren't around at the time, or refresh your memory if you were.
One thing I've noticed about Smash! is just how much reading there is in each issue. Typical of boys comics in Britain at this time, each page equalled two pages of an American comicbook. Therefore, a three-page strip in a comic like Smash! was really a six-page strip in U.S. terms. So, even though some of the strips were retitled reprints, the comic was exceptionally good value for money at only 7d.
The WARRIORS Of The WORLD cover feature lasted for 46 issues, before being replaced with a dramatic 'splash page' representing the exploits of SIMON TEST for the remainder of the comic's lifespan. Looking back now, it's hard to believe it ran for only two years - it seems far longer in retrospect. However, including the ODHAMS incarnation of the comic, it lasted for just over five years in total, making it a respectable success from the publisher's point of view.
I can guarantee you one thing: Whatever numbers the comic was selling in when the decision was taken to cancel it, publishers today would consider half those sales figures a raging, sure-fire success.
Part Three coming soon!
Posted by Kid at Monday, March 03, 2014