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Wednesday, 10 September 2014
"MENACE AT 1000 DEGREES!" PART THIRTY OF FAVOURITE COMICS OF THE PAST...
'Twas a sunny afternoon in 1972, perhaps in July (in which case, it could've been during the school holidays), that I bought the above comic in one of my local R.S. McCOLL's. I'd already read the start, finish, and several in-between issues of the KRYPTONITE NEVERMORE/SAND BEING saga a few months before, but not this one. Comics distribution in the U.K. was hardly an exact science back then, resulting in them not always being sold in sequence or even in the year of issue.
The way I remember it now, all these years later, I'd gone into the NORFOLK RESTAURANT (just along from the newsagent's) to blag a seat and read my comic, but a guy at the next table with his wife and daughter, upon hearing that the upstairs bar had just opened, asked me if I wanted his cup of COKE, which he hadn't yet touched. Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, I gratefully accepted his kind offer, as he deserted his family and headed upstairs in the direction of a cool pint.
I'd finished my drink and was still perusing my comic, when a girl in my class at school sat down in front of me and declared "Oh, Superman!" (the comic, not me) and looked for all the world as if she was going to lift it from the table and pore through it. I was having none of it, so I lifted the issue post haste and made a swift exit. Besides, this girl had never spoken to me before, so, aside from me being devastatingly attractive to the opposite sex (he said, with a straight face), I couldn't quite figure her sudden familiarity.
Now, here's where things suddenly become a little fuzzy. I definitely associate the cover with the above events, but, equally, also the contents from the previous issue. How can this be? I assume I bought #237 & 238 not too far apart, and must've repaired to the Norfolk on each occasion, resulting in both sets of similar memories becoming entwined in my mind. I was a creature of habit and frequented the Norfolk Restaurant (which was really a cafeteria) regularly, so it seems the most likely explanation.
However, none of that need concern you. Your pleasant task is merely to appreciate the stunning SWANDERSON art and lose yourself in your own recollections of this classic issue. If only comics were as good as this today, eh?
Posted by Kid at Wednesday, September 10, 2014