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Wednesday, 23 March 2016
PART FORTY-TWO OF FAVOURITE COMICS OF THE PAST - SHOWCASE #94 (EXPANDED)...
Apparently (if I've got my comics history right), SHOWCASE #94 was originally intended to publish the first appearance of JACK KIRBY's ORION Of The NEW GODS, until DC COMICS decided to give the series its own title. Because of that, the last issue of Showcase was #93 in 1970. Number 94 eventually turned up in '77, featuring the debut of The New DOOM PATROL, who also starred in #s 95 & 96. Incidentally, ROBOT MAN's new body was inspired by JOHN BYRNE's character - ROG-2000.
And now for the eagerly anticipated (cough) personal bit. On the Saturday I first bought this issue, I was making my way home just as it was getting dark, and took a detour through the grounds of one of my old schools. On the far side of a putting green adjacent to the school grounds was a small wooded area, the silhouette of which, it seemed to me in the gathering gloom, was the perfect double of the background on the comic's cover. That's why, even today, I can't look at one without also thinking of the other.
Hard to believe that was very nearly 40 years ago. My old school is now gone and a new structure stands in its place, but the one I knew yet exists in the evergreen land of memory - especially when I look at the cover of Showcase #94. Got any memories associated with this ish? Then get typing, frantic ones.
I've had replacements for issues #94 & 96 for years now, but since first writing this, I've acquired #95 to complete the trilogy. I've therefore added their covers and splash pages to this post so that all three issues are together. I seem to associate these mags with the same newsagent's I bought #94, so that's more than likely where I originally got them. Enjoy.
Posted by Kid at Wednesday, March 23, 2016