Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Tomorrow's the first day of December and the
CHRISTMAS Season really begins in earnest. So,
as you'll all no doubt be counting down the minutes
'til SANTA's arrival, here's a cracking little JIM
REEVES Yuletide number to set the mood.
Posted by Kid at Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Tuesday, 29 November 2016
|Image copyright DC COMICS|
Above is the cover to a comic which reminds me of three other comics at the same time. "How is such a feat of mighty memory-mastery possible?" you may be asking. So, let us now, by the power of our imaginations, return to October 7th, 1972, and the Old Village quarter of my home town, where I, resplendent in my brother's cast-off cord jacket - slightly too big for me and worn for the first time that Saturday morning - was attending a jumble sale held in aid of the 8th Scout Troop in the 'old hall' in the grounds of the Old Parish Church.
|This and subsequent images copyright MARVEL COMICS|
I'd previously purchased The MIGHTY WORLD Of MARVEL #2 earlier that morning, and, later, SUPERMAN #251 en route to the village. Now, in the kind of hall that spoke of a long-vanished age - anything from the '20s to the '50s - I was to add MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #1 and TERRIFIC #1 to my awesome acqui-sitions. The previous owner seemed to have used the issue of MSH as a dartboard at some point, but it was still readable, and I think it was the first time I'd owned a complete copy of that particular Terrific, a U.K. weekly launched five years earlier which had graced the shelves for a mere 43 issues.
Looking for a place to pore over my comics as I left the jumble sale, I wandered around to the back of an adjacent, nigh-derelict building (a dentist worked from a room or two on the upper floor) which adjoined the local, centuries old public house next to the church (and overlooked the graveyard). It was an inquisitive boy's delight, and a week or so later, under the dark velvet canvas of the star-kissed heavens, myself and a friend were crawling across the roof of the pub, and even using the exterior, cast-iron fire-escape staircase to gain access to the back 'courtyard' below. This location became the source of surreptitious ex-ploration every so often over a period of two or three years and holds many happy memories for me.
So, I can't look at any one cover without also thinking of the other three - or of that jumble sale, my cord jacket, and an old pub next to the final resting place of long-gone local 'worthies', who had doubtless quaffed many a flagon of ale centuries before in the very building over whose slates two teenage boys daringly defied death in the airy Autumn moonlight.
|The building at the back of the pub|
Interestingly, I occasionally visit the upstairs lounge bar for a soft drink and a bag of crisps, and have done for many a year now. It's an odd sensation to think, while sitting there, that I'm under the very roof I once crawled over as a 14 year old lad so very long ago. I sometimes wonder if any modern-day counterparts of me and my pals have ever retraced our footsteps (and handprints) in the years since we first braved the slates, but it's unlikely. The building at the back of the pub is now residential and access to the roof can no longer be obtained through its grounds.
For an earlier mention of my rooftop adventures, click here.
Monday, 28 November 2016
Continuing the theme of the previous two posts, here's another earlier one which might add some clarity to the topic. (Then again, it might not - so no promises.)
Returning to an oft-repeated theme on this blog which I've probably battered to death - that of memories and associations. Take the above EP record as an example. ("Don't want it!" you contemptuously reply.) I got it at an Autumn or Christmas Fayre in 1981/'82, held by the church at the top of the street and across the road from the house I'd lived in from 1965-'72. Note that I said by and not in. That's because the fayre (let's call a spade a spade - jumble sale) was held in my old primary school at the foot of the street, primarily (no pun intended) because it had more space to accommodate the aspirations of the event's organisers.
So, to hopefully helpfully reiterate: I obtained the record while living in my current home, from my old primary school in the same street as my former house. That would explain why, whenever I look at it, I associate it with the area where I acquired it, but - so strong is the link, that I also associate it with my old room and can actually 'see' it there in my mind's eye as plain as day, in some kind of 'false memory'. Weird, eh?
"Ah, that's easy to explain!" you proclaim. "You associate the record with your old school and you associate your old school with your old house, so it's only natural that you'd connect the record to the house, too!" And doubtless you're right. However, it's still an odd feeling to have what appears to be a memory of something that was never actually so. Anyone have any similar instances they'd care to share?
Go on - we won't laugh. Promise.
As someone who's all too aware of the seeming immutability of memory and association, I'm often surprised when I experience instances that fly in the face of the principle. What do I mean? Well, if I got an item in, say, the '60s, I'm usually always reminded of the period and place in which I lived when I purchased it whenever I look at the thing, be it comic or toy.
But, sometimes, there are exceptions. A case in point is this set of WADE porcelain figures, which I've shown on the blog before. The YOGI BEAR figure was bought in 1970 or '71 and, naturally enough, I associate it in memory with where I was then living, which was the previous house to the one I now reside in.
Around 40 years passed before I decided to track down and acquire the remaining two HANNA-BARBERA figures in the set, HUCKLEBERRY HOUND and Mr. JINKS. Having bought them only in relatively recent years, you'd think I'd asso-ciate them with now, rather than the '70s, but surprisingly, such is not the case.
When I look at Huck and Jinks, I can't help but 'see' them in my old room of my former house, sitting alongside Yogi as if I owned all three pieces back then. They fit so well into that period that it's hard to separate them from it, and link them to the contemporary times in which they were purchased.
Another of life's little mysteries which I thought I'd share with you all here. After all, why should I be the only person who has to ponder such perplexities? Now you can all wrestle with it - and if you feel like commenting on the matter, be my guest.
Sunday, 27 November 2016
|The DALEKS copyright BBC TV & The Estate of TERRY NATION|
Most people who bought TV CENTURY 21 in 1965 will recall the back page DALEKS strip and, in particular, the golden globe-headed Emperor and the hoverbouts. However, that's not where they first appeared! The Emperor and the Daleks' mode of sky transportation made their debut in the 1964 DALEK BOOK, today a rare collectors' item. So, for all you panting Criv-ites, I now present the first-ever comic strip to feature the metal-clad scions of SKARO, as illustrated by RICHARD JENNINGS. Enjoy!
Posted by Kid at Sunday, November 27, 2016
Saturday, 26 November 2016
Friday, 25 November 2016
Look at the LONE STAR (I think) MAN From U.N.C.L.E. attache case I had as a kid, given to me by a paternal aunt and uncle for Christmas in the late '60s. There were at least a couple of versions, of which this one was the cheapest as the case was only cardboard. Not that I cared one whit about that, 'cos, to me, it was brilliant.
The case and contents eventually faded into the limbo that claims most childhood toys, but I still possess one of the bullets from the gun. At least, it's a bullet I associate with the gun, which, in my memory, didn't fire caps as one would expect, but actual plastic bullets. Perhaps my recollection is confused, not that it matters much, as whenever I look at that bullet, the above case is what comes to mind.
Ah, happy days. What fun it was to be an agent of U.N.C.L.E. back in the '60s. Do kids today have anything similar to such a great toy, or is it all computer games, mobiles, and iPads they go for now?
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Tuesday, 22 November 2016
|BATMAN copyright DC COMICS|
While my computer's in for repair (I'm using someone's spare one at the moment) I'm rather limited in my choice of images for use on the blog, but I figure you can stand a little repetition for a couple or so days 'til things are back to normal. So until then, here are the front and back covers of the first two BATMAN! World Adventure Libraries from the swinging '60s. Bring back any memories at all?
Monday, 21 November 2016
Saturday, 19 November 2016
|Images copyright MARVEL COMICS|
Not long now 'til Christmas, so if you're looking for an idea
for a prezzie for a loved one (in my case that's me), you could
always buy this zing-zang-zowie AVENGERS EPIC COLLEC-
TION Volume Two. Who cares if your girlfriend or wife doesn't
read comics - it kills two birds with the one stone by fulfilling your
spousal duty to give a gift, while at the same time providing you
with something to read. Result! So rush around to your local
comicbook store and buy your very own copy today. (No
reading it 'til Christmas Day mind - when she flings it
back at you 'cos it isn't chocolates or jewellery.)
Posted by Kid at Saturday, November 19, 2016
Friday, 18 November 2016
|Images copyright D.C. THOMSON & Co., Ltd|
By all rights I shouldn't have bought WARLORD. I wasn't into war stories, and it must purely have been the fact that it was a new comic I could collect from number one which appealed to me, rather than the theme of the comic itself. (It was the same with football: I was never into it, yet I bought SHOOT, SCORCHER, and SCORE when they first came out as well.) Launched in 1974, it survived until 1986, and inspired IPC to publish their own version, called BATTLE PICTURE WEEKLY.
Warlord was first though, so for all of you who bought it at the time, here's a little pictorial reminder of the debut ish to whisk you back to the days of your childhood faster than you can say "Hey, where did my life go?" Feel free to share any reminiscences in our ever-lovin' comments section.
Posted by Kid at Friday, November 18, 2016