Tuesday, 25 April 2017
IT TOOK 33 YEARS - DID I SMASH A RECORD?
A staggering 33 years ago, in a shop in Edinburgh, I laid a claim on 73 issues of the relaunched version of SMASH!, 13 years after it had ceased being published as an individual weekly periodical. (It was merged into VALIANT, as all readers of a certain age know.) I took #1 home with me that night, and the rest were either posted to me, or I picked them up when the seller later came through to a Glasgow comics mart.
There were 22 issues missing from the set I pur- chased, and it took me over 30 years to finally track them all down. To be fair to myself, though, it wasn't really until the latter few years of that period that I actually attempted to find them in any determined way, but eventually I did. I found the last one I needed only a year or two ago, completing the set.
Anyway, last year, I decided to finally read them, and worked through the first 12 issues before tucking them away again. A couple of weeks back, I dug them all out once more and continued from where I'd left off. I'm now up to #30, but I'll be giving them another rest for a while soon, as I don't want reading them to become a dreary chore rather than a pleasure.
But that's mere incidental detail I suppose. The thing that astounds me is that it took me so long to finally get around to reading them. Having said that, it sometimes feels like that day in Edinburgh was only a little while ago, as opposed to the 33 years it actually is. Time really has flown, and it seems as if I did a 'RIP VAN WINKLE' and fell into a deep sleep that lasted even longer than his 20 years.
So readers, that prompts a question. Do any of you ever look at some item in your possession that you remember buying with such clarity that it seems not too long ago, only to be amazed when it suddenly hits you that it was 10, 20, 30, or even 40 years ago? How does that realisation affect you, if at all? Go on, share all with your fellow Criv-ites.
Posted by Kid at Tuesday, April 25, 2017