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Friday, 5 August 2016
FAVOURITE COMICS OF THE FUTURE - SUB-MARINER SPECIAL #2...
"Hey, whaddya mean, 'Favourite Comics of the Future'? Are you on drugs or something?" you may be asking. Well, it's just that I never knew about this comic until a few days ago, and as it's the next ish in line to SUB-MARINER King-Size Special #1, which I bought way back in 1972 or '73, I simply had to have it! With no previous memories of - or associations with - the above mag, I can hardly claim it as a 'Favourite Comic of the Past', but no doubt it'll become a favourite in the future, hence the title.
Although the previous ish had been a 68 page Special, this one comprises only 52 (including covers) so it doesn't qualify as 'King-Size'. I would've thought another Subby story could've been included, along with some pin-ups to round off the mag to 68 pages, so why MARVEL didn't do this is a bit of a mystery. Anyway, as I said in my 'teaser' post to this one a few days back, it's nice to finally add the second issue to my collection alongside its predecessor, 43-44 years after the event.
The '70s, of course, is when I bought my original copy of #1, but I never retained it long-term. I acquired a replacement for it in the very early '80s, then replaced that with a better condition copy a little while later. So, in the interests of accuracy, the gap between buying my current copy of #1 and #2 is actually approximately 33-34 years, but that's still a very long time. Not that any of that will matter to you one whit, but I always like to be as precise as I possibly can.
Anyway, congratulations! You managed to wade through my weary waffle and have therefore earned the right to savour the iconic images laid before you. If you cheated and jumped straight to the pretty pics, then shame on you. Turn in your F.O.O.M. membership card on the way out.
(I've just remembered that this mag come out around the same time Marvel increased their regular line to 52 pages and upped the price from 15 to 25 cents. The Bullpen maybe thought that the readers might wonder why some 25 cent mags had 68 pages while most others had only 52 and decide they were being ripped-off. Of course, Marvel could simply have pointed out that reprint comics were less expensive to produce as the stories had already been paid for and therefore more pages could be allocated to them, but probably wanted to avoid any controversy. As it turned out, the point was moot, as the 52 page regular line lasted only for one issue before reverting to 36, at a new price of 20 cents.)
BONUS: A close-up of the cover art - just for you!
Posted by Kid at Friday, August 05, 2016