|Cover art copyright MARVEL COMICS|
Saturday, 17 August 2019
SECRETS OF THE UNKNOWN - REVEALED!
Regular readers may remember me telling the story of how I once gave a friend all of my ALAN CLASS comics sometime in the late '70s. Not too long after, I reclaimed one back from him, but that apart, he owned all of them for just over 30 years, whereupon (unsolicited by me) he gave most of them back to me. At least one was missing, and I knew it was missing because I remembered the cover and sitting on a bench to pore over the contents on my way home from the hospital shop where I'd bought it (the comic, not the bench).
Anyway, I recently managed to obtain a replacement for the missing issue, and have just finished adding it to a cover gallery of Alan Class comics that I posted a few years back. However, unless you go looking for it, you won't see it, so I thought I'd show the cover here for your convenience. Originally, the Class titles had 68 pages, and the same issues that first came out in the '60s were reprinted in the '70s and '80s, though with a reduced page-count of 52, which meant some stories had to be omitted.
It's a safe bet that the '60s version of the above comic contained The MAGIC Of MORDOO as mentioned in the jaggy cover blurb, but it's missing in the '70s incarnation. You'd think they'd have left that one in and omitted another tale, but someone obviously wasn't paying proper attention at the selection-for-rejection stage. Although the interior printing is pretty poor, it has a couple of JACK KIRBY illustrated stories, plus another half-dozen tales, three of which are illustrated by STEVE DITKO, two being MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER strips, of which there are four altogether.
It's always possible that I'm forgetting a few, but I reckon I've now got just about every Alan Class title I ever owned, bar one. (CREEPY WORLDS #130, which I bought in 1972 or '73.) I now have 14 issues altogether, 12 of them being my original copies I bought as a teenager (though, as I said, there was a 30-odd year gap in my possession of them), and once I track down that absent issue mentioned above (at a reasonable price hopefully), I'll be able to write 'finis' to that particular chapter in my life.
Or maybe I'll buy a few more. I'm sure there must be issues out there that I'd have bought had I known about them at the time. Have you got a favourite Alan Class title? Why not reminisce about it in the comments section?
Posted by Kid at Saturday, August 17, 2019