ment store called HENDERSON'S of Sauchiehall Street
while my mother was engaged in conversation with a friend we'd
run into. Before me was an oval-shaped fountain which, a couple or
purchased for me in R.S. McCOLL's on the other side of the
pedestrianised street of my town's main shopping centre.
(the origin) of a new strip called The FANTASTIC FOUR.
I say "new", but the strip had first appeared in its own American
comic probably wouldn't have seen it back then so it was all new to
them. Oddly, the strip was simultaneously published in WHAM!,
sister publication to Smash!, but I wasn't aware of that until
many years later, not that it matters much to my story.
teenth time that week. (MWOM #1 had only come out on
Saturday 30th September, five days before, so the thrill
of the new comic hadn't yet worn off.)
son's may have changed their name to BAIRDS by then, but
not always), it's usually my 1972 experience of the strip that
my mind first returns to, but it depends on what page I'm look-
ing at, and whether it's in black and white or colour. However,
even when I'm recalling that long ago Thursday, the memory of
my 1966 encounter isn't far away. Curiously, although I can
access the '66 recollection via the one from '72, it's not
quite so easy to do the same thing in reverse.
|When this page I view, I'm in '72|
Could it perhaps be that, because I'm mentally reliving that
moment in '66 and (from that perspective) '72 hasn't yet hap-
pened, my mind finds it harder to make the jump forward? It's
easier for the mind to jump backwards to a previous event, than
forward to one that, from a past point of view, is yet to occur -
even when one is recalling both instances from a future
point in time when the two are distant memories.
Anyway, no doubt I've expressed myself in my customary
vague and incoherent way and failed to fully convey what I was
trying to say. Nevertheless, I think there's enough there for the
intellectuals among you to work with, and even if you don't reach
the finishing line I was pointing to, hopefully the journey itself
will prove interesting, whatever your stopping point.