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Friday, 6 October 2017
"- - AND SOON SHALL COME: THE ENCHANTERS!" (IF YOU CAN CALL NEARLY 50 YEARS 'SOON')...
Sometime back in 1968, I bought a copy of the above THOR comic (#143), and had fun comparing it with its British reprint in a couple of issues of SMASH! I think I got the US comic first, but after 49 years I couldn't swear to the order I acquired them. I read the story again in the '70s when it was reprinted in SPIDER-MAN COMICS WEEKLY, but in 1979 a pal gave me a copy of the subsequent issue, #144. I'd previously read the UK reprints of this story in Smash! and SMCW, but this was the first time I saw it in colour. It wasn't in great condition, so I cut a couple of panels out to put up on my wall (one of them's still there, the other lies in wait somewhere), but I don't recall being struck by the magnitude of obtaining this follow-up issue a whopping 11 years after its predecessor. That was over half my life away at that time and such facts usually left an impression on me.
Anyway, I obtained a replacement for #143 many years ago (and it featured in one of my FAVOURITE COMICS OF THE PAST posts a few years back), and on Thursday I received #144, finally owning both issues at the same time, something I hadn't managed to do back in the '60s (or the '70s). The first of these issues introduce The ENCHANTERS, two of whom Thor defeats in the next ish, with ODIN dealing with the third one in #145. I already have all 3 comics reprinted in MASTERWORKS, OMNIBUS, and EPIC editions, but you know me - I like to be thorough so I may purchase #145 one day just to complete the 'trilogy'. (Update: Bought one on eBay, so it's now scanned and added to the post.)
So, Criv-ite chums, enjoy the covers of all three comics, the first two of which were, as I said, originally separated in my life by 11 years, and the second and third by 40 years. To reiterate: Got my original copy of the first in 1968, the second in 1979, and the third in 2017 - meaning I now own all three comics for the first time at the same time 50 years after they were first published. Why do I feel I've accomplished something significant? And why do I also feel that you all think I'm totally bonkers? H'mm, don't bother answering that second question - just enjoy these three covers by JACK KIRBY.
Posted by Kid at Friday, October 06, 2017