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Thursday, 9 April 2015
HARRY PALMER? NO - PETER PALMER...
STAN LEE's poor memory is well-known. One of the reasons
he gave his characters alliterative names was to make them easier to
remember, but even then, he sometimes slipped up. We all know about
BOB BANNER instead of BRUCE (FF #25), and we also probably all
know about PETER PALMER instead of PARKER (ASM #1), but I
thought it would be interesting to show the latter error from a British
printing in the POW! Annual for 1968. Just look at that awful
colouring - a white THING, for crying out loud.
Strangely, the name had been corrected to Parker when the
tale was printed earlier in Pow! #2 in January 1967, so why it got
overlooked in the Annual (released August/September '67) is a bit of
a mystery. Well, no it isn't - it's because of poor proof-reading on
the part of the editor, but I was trying not to say so. (Failed.)
Sometimes I think I would've preferred Peter's surname being
Palmer, so it's nice to see 'what might have been', captured in the
pages of a British publication from the 1960s. Unless one happened
to own ASM #1 (which I do), this little slice of history would probably
have been unknown to U.K. readers until many years after-the-fact.
Anyway, you may have heard of this slip-up before, but now you
can actually see it for yourself.
Posted by Kid at Thursday, April 09, 2015