Thursday, 12 March 2015

PART SIX OF THE CRUNCH COVER GALLERY...



It's a dreich day outside, but luxuriating in the interior warmth
of CASTEL ROBSONO, I've decided to persevere with presenting
THE CRUNCH Cover Gallery.  There hasn't been much interest in
this series to be completely honest, but, taking my cue from the late
MAGNUS MAGNUSSON (and JOHN HUMPHRIES), I'm deter-
mined to finish what I started several posts back.

The majority of these comics have survived pretty well for having
been stored in an old cheese box for 35-plus years.  Only a few have
some age spots, which makes me wonder why some comics in the same
bundle exhibit the passage of time and others don't.  I've got two cheese
boxes, which I got back in 1975 when I worked in a CO-OP shop just
down the road from me, and they're very sturdy and robust, having
originally housed huge, single blocks of cheddar in each one.

In case you're interested, the second box is home to my complete
collection of MIGHTY TV COMIC, plus a few other odds'n'sods,
like MARVEL U.K. POCKET BOOKS and OOR WULLIE and
THE BROONS Holiday Specials.

Anyway, in the absence of anything illuminating about The Crunch
to write about, the above preamble has filled a bit of a space, so now
let's get down to the nitty-gritty - the covers themselves.  And should
you feel like making a comment, then don't let anything stop you.












19 comments:

Colin Jones said...

Kid, there's probably no response because nobody remembers this comic - I'd never heard of it till your posts. I'm more interested in the cheeseboxes - it reminds me of how, in school, the cooks would bake pies in giant trays and then cut them into small squares.

Kid said...

The cheese boxes each consisted of two parts, the top part being just a bit larger than the bottom part in order to completely cover it. Each box consisted of really thick cardboard, in which was housed one big solid block of cheese, which would be cut into portions in line with a customer's requirements. You'd lift off the box's top part, then turn the bottom part upside down and let the cheese slide out, pulled by its own weight. Then you'd...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Dunsade Dave said...

Looks like I was just a wee bit too young to read the Crunch, which is a pity, cos it looks like the sort of comic I'd have enjoyed!

The talk of checkboxes makes me wonder what other unusual receptacles people have stored comics in. At various times I've used shoe boxes, record bags, a bookcase and the plastic carrying case of an electric drill.

Kid said...

I still use shoe boxes, DD, when I've run out of comic boxes. I've even got some stored in drawers, wardrobe shelves, cupboard shelves, etc. I need more space.

John Pitt said...

As Col says, the lack of response is simply because I don't know what to say, not remembering them either. But I AM interested, because I missed them and WOULD have bought them had I seen them!

Kid said...

It's not so much the lack of response that tells me this series isn't particularly popular, JP, it's the lack of hits. The good news, 'though, is that YOU can now have the fun of tracking them down on the internet.

John Pitt said...

Some more DC Th titles I'd like to see crop up on your blog, if you have any examples are Plug, Nutty and Buddy?
It really IS fun, isn't it - EBaying? The "tactical" bidding, "watching" and when you finally win something you've been after for years ( and sometimes the surprise that nobody else had spotted your bargain! ) It's very addictive. I now REALLY have to limit myself!

Kid said...

I no longer have to bother attending comic marts, JP, because I can pretty much get whatever comics and Annuals I'm looking for from eBay. Great, isn't it? What's your most recent acquisition? As for Plug, Nutty and Buddy, if I've got any they'll be sure to turn up on the blog when I find them. I've forgotten half the stuff I've got.

Vince & Siv said...

I vaguely remember buying this comic back in the day...I seem to remember it had a strip illustrated by Pat Wright who's work I'd seen in 2000AD around the time....though until your posts I'd totally forgotten about it!!

John Pitt said...

I recently found out that there had been a kind-of POTA softback annual in 2002, called Leo's Logbook, based on the Tim Burton film. Well I needed that to go with my UK POTA comics/books, so off to eBay and picked one up for the ridiculous price of a quid plus p&p!

Kid said...

Ah, the joy of having your memory refreshed, eh, V&S?

******

One of the best buys I got on eBay (or was it Amazon?) was a 1973 paperback for 1p, JP. 39p less than I'd paid for my original copy.

John Pitt said...

COINCIDENCE!! - I too got a paperback from Amazon for 1p (plus p&p) - the POTA 2001 film adaptation - to go with Leo's Logbook - which went with the set of Titan POTA UK comics - which went with the Marvel UK POTA comics, ( which went with the paperbacks of the first POTA stuff....)
Can you relate to this, at all?

Kid said...

Just a tad, JP - just a tad.

Dunsade Dave said...

Speaking of comic marts, there's one at the Renfield Centre in Bath Street in Glasgow tomorrow that might be of interest to any of your local readers, Kid. I'm going to pop in to see if there's any stuff that I didn't know I needed.

Colin Jones said...

When John says "the paperbacks of the first POTA stuff" - I had two POTA paperbacks which my Auntie (actually she was my mother's cousin) bought me for my 10th birthday. They were the novelisation of 'Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes' and a novelisation of two episodes of the TV show. She also bought me a hardback POTA book with a close-up photo of Urko on the cover - have you got that one, John ?

Kid said...

I was thinking of going to that mart, DD, but my pal who had intended on going (and taking me) had to call off. I'm not looking for anything in particular - it was purely to soak up the atmosphere.

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Yes, JP, 'fess up to CJ - do you have that one?

Colin Jones said...

Kid, just to pique John's interest if he doesn't have that book - it includes the only comic strip adventure adapted from the TV show that ever existed as far as I know. It also includes summaries of all five original films and loads of photos. The book is called "Planet Of The Apes" - it does what it says on the tin :)

Kid said...

Tinned apes - whatever next?

John Pitt said...

No Col, I didn't find out about that book until an Apes collector came on the " Collector's Lot " TV programme in the 90's. By then I found out that there were loads of comics & books that I hadn't got. So now I set myself a strict rule - if I've actually seen it- I buy it, like Leo's Logbook - I had seen it in the past and thought it was a colouring book, but when I found out recently that it was a softback annual, then I sought it out.

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