Monday, 25 October 2021
|Copyright MARVEL COMICS & CONAN PROPERTIES|
Wednesday, 20 October 2021
Sunday, 17 October 2021
|Copyright MARVEL COMICS & CONAN PROPERTIES|
Hey, lookee here, Crivvies. A facsimile edition of Conan The Barbarian #1 is due out in December, and you can order your copy now from various ebay comics dealers. Unlike the True Believers version, this one will have all the original ads, so even if (like me) you own the original '70s edition, this'll make a handy reading copy. Get your advance orders in now, 'cos I suspect this one will fly.
Saturday, 16 October 2021
Back in 1965 I owned a second-hand Budgie Toys Supercar for around half-an-hour. I'd swapped a red yacht and a red water pistol for it with a guy around the corner from me. However, when the base suddenly fell off, I insisted that the swap was null and void and I got my two items back. 1965 is 56 years ago, and it's taken me this long to finally acquire a replacement for the temporary toy from my childhood, as a Budgie Supercar arrived at Castel Crivens today.
I had the choice between a red base Supercar with silver upper, or a silver base one with a red upper. The first had a broken and repaired canopy, and the second was missing its tiny rear aerial. I could've replaced the canopy as I have a repro spare, but the decals were better on the second version and the canopy was in nicer condition. As I also had a 'repro' spare aerial (which I got along with the canopy when I purchased a white metal recast of the toy a few years back) so I judged it better to buy the one which only needed the aerial.
In actual fact, the aerial is slightly different from the original, but it does the job and is a lesser compromise of the model's 'integrity' so I can live with it. Another factor is that the Supercar I bought was quite a bit cheaper as, apparently, it's the more common of the two versions, the red base one been deemed rarer and therefore commanding a higher asking price. However, under the paint the metal is the same, so if I ever wanted to, I could simply strip the paint off my car and repaint it, as I also have a spare set of decals.
This model is very similar to the Cecil Coleman Supercar, though I've no idea which one came first. The Coleman one is plastic and very slightly longer, a result of the rear of the car extending further than it should (but not by much) in relation to the back of the canopy. (If you'd like to see it, click here.) I coveted the Coleman incarnation on two separate occasions as a boy, but my parents declined to buy it for me, inexpensive as it was. I purchased one a good many years ago though, and now the Budgie version has finally joined it. I feel like I'm a kid again, even if it is only a temporary sensation.
Anyway, as if you couldn't tell, that's my new acquisition at the top and bottom of the post. Now all I have to do is dig out my replica box for it (purchased years ago in anticipation of netting the toy) and it'll look great on display. If you had a Budgie (or any other make) Supercar when you were a boy, let's hear all about it. (And don't worry - I've got yet another spare, slightly different aerial should I ever decide to build and paint the white metal recast.)
Friday, 15 October 2021
There's actually a good reason for republishing the following post from 2015, which will become evident once you've read the following comment submitted to the blog earlier.
Hi Gordon, Marc Jung here, I do trust you're well these days. Not sure if you knew, but just a note to say Kevin Brighton died on 5th (actually the 8th) September, 2021, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, sadly. I hadn't seen him in twenty years, but was in contact with his wife on Facebook. Hoping you are not so bad these days. Best wishes, Marc.
I've no way of confirming whether this comment is genuine or not, but I'll assume it is (in which case, thanks Marc) as it would be a pretty sick thing to say if it isn't. That's Kevin on the left in the above photo, with his pal Derek Pierson, who sadly died in 2016. I took the photo around the mid-'80s in the IPC canteen. Condolences to Kevin's family and friends.
Update: I managed to track down Kevin's obituary and can now sadly confirm that he has indeed passed away.
As for Janine Andrews, she's now around 60 and was being treated for ovarian cancer last year, having battled (and beaten I believe) breast cancer in 2014. Not sure what her current situation is, but let's hope she made a full recovery.
Hopefully, a side-on view of a bit of nip won't shock anyone too much, but there's a reason for me publishing this particular pic. I think it's Page 3 model JANINE ANDREWS, and the original glossy photo from which I photocopied this image used to adorn the wall under the window ledge beside the desk of IPC art assistant KEVIN BRIGHTON, who worked on the same floor (26th) as myself in KING'S REACH TOWER in Stamford Street, London, circa 1985-'87.
Thursday, 14 October 2021
|From TRUE FACT COMICS #5, 1946. Art by WIN MORTIMER, script by JACK SCHIFF,|
MORT WEISINGER & BERNIE BRESLAUER. (Images copyright DC COMICS)
Monday, 11 October 2021
|Copyright relevant owner|
Regular readers will know that I'm a Yogi Bear fan. Probably due to the fact that he's the earliest cartoon character I remember from childhood and because I had quite a few Yogi items of merchandise at the time. Anyway, I still buy old Yogi stuff on occasion and the above cardboard covered comic is a recent acquisition (for a song) via the auspices of ebay.
I mulled it over then decided he meant it in the same way women refer to their platonic female friends as 'girl-friends' - no romantic relationship implied. Then, two pages on, he ruins it by saying he'll make up for his duff Christmas gift to Yogi on Valentine's Day. Swoon! Perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised - after all, they share a bed in a cave, but I'd always assumed it was on the same basis as Laurel & Hardy and, later, Morecambe & Wise did. (As in nothing dodgy.)
So what's going on? Was the writer unfamiliar with the characters and perhaps thought Boo Boo was a girl? Or was he having a subversive dig at the nature of both bruins' relationship while hoping his editor wouldn't notice? Are dodgy doings going on at Jellystone Park, or could there be a simple, more innocent explanation? Quick - rescue Yogi & Boo Boo's reputation with a reason as to why things aren't as they seem. Apply brains now!
Sunday, 10 October 2021
|Copyright DC COMICS|
Wednesday, 6 October 2021
|The mask is draped over a globe light, which I switched on|
for this photo. If you look closely, you can see a hint of the
lit-up eyes. Click to enlarge, then click again
|Photo used in ebay listing|
Saturday, 2 October 2021
|Copyright relevant owner|
Hard to believe it's been 40-plus years since I bought a paperback called The Enigma Files by Christine Sparks, based on the BBC TV series of the same name. It had a similar concept to the much later show, New Tricks, and starred Tom Adams (purportedly once considered as a possible James Bond) and comedian Duggie Brown. It was a great wee show, so when I saw the paperback on sale in the shops I promptly bought it. Still got it too.
It's not exactly pristine and I had to re-attach the cover at some point. I couldn't now say whether it just wasn't very-well bound or I'd lent it to someone to read (from before I adopted a 'non-lending' policy) and got it back in its 'worse-for-wear' condition, but I tarted it up a little and decided to keep my eye out for a better condition copy to take its place. I even contacted BBC Books, but received a card saying the book was now unavailable. (I'm pretty sure I've still got that card somewhere, so when I find it I'll add it the post.)
Anyway, never saw one until relatively recently on ebay (whatever would we do without the Internet, eh?) and was surprised to learn there'd also been a hardback edition, which I bought a few days ago via AbeBooks for not much more than it originally cost in 1980.
It arrived today and is in excellent condition, but I'll still keep its 41 year old predecessor as it'd be cruel to dispense with it after all this time. I'm surprised to see from the cover photograph that Tom Adams looks like a friend I had around 1979 to '86 or '87, but I no longer recall whether I was aware of the resemblance then or not. It's possible I was, though I couldn't swear to it, but I noticed the similarity right away today. If you're a long-term reader you've seen him referred to as Bob Billens, though that isn't his real name, just a close approximation.
These days my memory comes and goes, so it's always possible I might yet remember being previously aware of the likeness and having remarked upon it to Bob - which actually sounds familiar now that I've typed it. Not that it's important to anything, but I just thought I'd mention it.
I seem to recall there being a discrepancy in the book about the age of the main protagonist's (Nick Lewis) daughter, so if true, when I get around to re-reading it (I've re-read my original paperback at least once over the decades, possibly even twice), it will be good to see that some parts of my memory still hold up. Any Crivvies ever read this book or watch the TV series, and if so, what did you think of it/them? As ever, the comments section awaits.
Anyway, I know I enjoyed it as a mere teenage youth (not that it's a book aimed at a younger readership), so it's a book you may enjoy reading as well if you haven't already done so (and even if you have).
Update: I've now found the card (below) mentioned in the second paragraph. Although it's a postcard, it came in an envelope so unfortunately there's no date on the card to say which year I received it. Not sure why I don't still have the envelope as I usually keep such things, but there's no guarantee the postmark would've been legible anyway.
Did I make my enquiry before moving to the abode I stayed in between May 1983 and August '87, or had I returned to my current home when I contacted the BBC about a replacement? Or was I in that other house when I made my enquiries? Can't recall, alas, so the info is lost to history. I suspect, though, that it was either while I still lived here (pre-flitting) or the other place.
The 01 dialling code for London was changed in May 1990, so I obviously must've received the card sometime before then.
|Note that they didn't get the book's title quite right|
Monday, 27 September 2021
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Thursday, 23 September 2021
|The rubberband version|