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I usually get there in the end, and so it was in this instance. 34 years and another house and neighbourhood away, I was buying the UK weekly SPIDER-MAN comic, but managed to miss a couple of issues. Not that I wanted to, but they were just nowhere to be found in any of the shops I looked for them at the time. Thank goodness for eBay! A year or two ago, I got the issue below, and today I received the issue above, thereby completing that run of comics I was buying back in 1984.
I gave both issues a cursory glance and placed each of them in the respective space that had long awaited their arrival, and maybe one day I'll give them a proper read-through. Suffice enough for the moment that they're there when I want them, and that 1984 seems as fresh and new as if it were only a year or two away, instead of the gulf that it actually is.
So I'm glad to have them, though can't help but being slightly sad at the thought that I may not have another 34 years ahead of me to locate any new comics that escape me today. Every rose has a thorn, eh?