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Thursday, 28 August 2014
CLASSIC COMICS: LADY PENELOPE #1...
It seems, looking back through the mystical mists of time, that it was in the small hours of the morning when my father woke me to present me with the first issue of a new comic that had just come out. In actuality, it was probably only around 10 o'clock at night after he'd come home from work, and he'd no doubt purchased the periodical from a shop earlier in the day, or from a street vendor after finishing his shift. I'm not sure why he didn't simply wait until morning to announce its procurement - it's almost as if he was as excited by the comic as he expected me to be.
I could see it was really a comic for girls, but expressed delight on receiving it so as not to disappoint him. And perhaps I was even delighted to a degree - after all, it was a new number one. I can only suppose he'd recognised the FAB 1 Rolls from THUNDERBIRDS, or saw the name of THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. on the cover and assumed it was for boys, but I'm unsure whether I ever bought another issue (though perhaps I did). I do recall though, my brother almost having a fit some months later when my mother embarrassed him by asking if he wanted 'Lady Penelope' in a newsagent's while we were looking for a comic to buy.
However, enough of my dreary personal reminiscences - you no doubt have your own memories of this comic if you read it back in the day. (Yeah, I know - your sister bought it - heard it.) So, take a trip back in time to an earlier point in your life, and live again those seemingly more innocent, halcyon days when the world was a bigger, brighter and better place that it often appears today.
On the page below, note that Lady Penelope being an inhabitant of the 21st century is seemingly ignored, and she is depicted as a contemporary of characters from the 1960s.
Oh, go on then - you can even have the free gift.
Posted by Kid at Thursday, August 28, 2014