Several days ago, on ebay, I bought a Buster badge that was given away as a free gift with the weekly periodical back in 1983. Then I happened to see the issue (from another seller) that one of these badges would've been attached to and decided to buy that too. Rather fancifully, I find myself wondering what the possibilities are that the badge is the actual one that belonged to this particular comic before they were separated all those years ago. Unlikely I know, but not entirely impossible, eh? Anyone else ever ponder things like that, or am I the only nutter who does so?
|Seller's photo - before|
Anyway, the cover was unavoidably marked where the clear tape once held the badge in place, so I decided to do something about it to improve its appearance. I chose to go for a minimal 'touch-up' and retain an indication of where the tape had been, rather than attempt to completely disguise the remnants of its residence, and I'm fairly pleased with the result. I may decide to do a more thorough job in the future, but for the moment I'll leave it as it is. The picture above is the 'before', the one below is the 'after'. Didn't I do well-ish?!
|My photo - after|
On the subject of badges, although I've never been a wearer of them, I have quite a nice collection of comics-related examples (and others), which I may get around to featuring on the blog one day. One is the Buster Club badge from the '60s, which puts paid to the mistaken assertion a couple or so years back by the writer of an article in ComicScene (is it still on the go?) that Buster weekly never had a club. All together now - "Oh yes it did!"
|The two photos side-by-side - courtesy of a screengrab|