|Yup, you're right - I've retro-added this one|
Sunday 31 October 2021
Saturday 30 October 2021
Friday 29 October 2021
Monday 25 October 2021
|Copyright MARVEL COMICS and CONAN PROPERTIES, Int.|
Wednesday 20 October 2021
Sunday 17 October 2021
|Copyright MARVEL COMICS and CONAN PROPERTIES, Int.|
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 diecast Budgie Toys Supercar for around half-an-hour or so. I'd swapped a red wooden yacht and a red plastic 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
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!