Sunday, 15 March 2015
SMASH ! COVER GALLERY - PART NINE...
With the above issue of SMASH!, adventurer SIMON TEST
assumed cover star status for the rest of the comic's run. This resulted
in some impressive images from artist ERIC BRADBURY, but I'd have
liked to see JANUS STARK and perhaps some other characters appear-
ing on the cover from time to time. Eventually, of course, Smash! was
merged into VALIANT, but while it lasted, it was one of Britain's
best comics - featuring 40 pages for only 7d (old money).
Any of these covers ring the bells in memory's belfry? Then
let's hear all about it, chums. Your comments are often far more
interesting than anything I write (though I'd deny it in court).
And don't forget to come back for part ten.
As you can see, the first few issues above contained football
cards as free gifts. Other companion papers also had cards, and
one I had at the time was GORDON BANKS (which I re-acquired
last year), presented with SCORCHER during my last six months at
primary school. This surprises me, because until I bought the replace-
ment and checked, I'd always associated it with some time in 1967 or
'68, rather than the start of 1970, which seems kind of late. (Not
that it matters much I suppose, because the area was exactly
the same over that time period.)
Funny how the mind plays tricks like that though, eh? Just
over two years later, I was living in another house in another neigh-
bourhood, but back then, the future lay stretched out in front of me,
and I had no inkling that I'd be living it anywhere other than the home
I'd known for almost the previous five years. Ah, the memories con-
tained in just that one card. As someone once said - "The only
thing to look forward to's the past!"
Posted by Kid at Sunday, March 15, 2015