Sadly, comicbook titan Neal Adams has passed away. That's all I can write at the moment due to problems with my own health, but I didn't want to ignore such a tragic happening. Condolences to all his family, friends, and fans.
Monday 25 April 2022
I despair, I really do. As if there aren't enough people desperate to take offence at something by jumping on the racist bandwagon, now actress Parminder Nagra (no, never heard of her before either) joins the club. Apparently, Parminder experiences racism every day. Her example: "The other day I went somewhere for work. I'd been there four times and the person still kept misspelling my name."
So misspelling is now a racist act it seems. My name has occasionally been misspelt as Robinson, Robertson, Robison, and Robeson over the years, but it never once occurred to me that it was due to anything other than someone not listening or reading with their full attention, not because they were a bigot of some description.
Spare us from those who are determined to see a racist insult everywhere - especially when it doesn't necessarily exist.
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Saturday 23 April 2022
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Thursday 21 April 2022
Why didn't I spot it before? I was looking through some boxes a few days ago and rediscovered my collection of TV Film Memorabilia magazines, of which I've always believed I had the complete set. I hadn't looked at them in a good while due to the fact I'd forgotten where they were, so I copped a gander at all the covers - but what was this? The first issue was dated May, but the next issue I had was dated July - yet it was a monthly periodical. Here indeed was a mystery worth investigating. I noticed that in the first number's 'next issue' page none of the features matched what was in the next one I had, so that was a definite indication that something wasn't right. Why hadn't I noticed it before though?
I immediately logged on to eBay and tracked down the apparently missing issue, complete with free gift, but was it possible I already owned the mag and had carelessly allowed it to become separated from its fellows? Going by the seller's photos, nothing rang a bell, so I bought it and it arrived today. Poring over its pages, there's nothing familiar about it and surely I'd have remembered the free gift. I can only assume I bought issue #1 as it was about to go 'off sale' and purchased #3 when it first appeared in WHS, so the gap between issues didn't seem inordinately long and is maybe why I hadn't realised I'd missed an ish.
The title first came out in 2007 so it's taken me around 15 years to notice my complete set wasn't so complete after all. It is now though, so all's well that ends well I suppose. This ever happened to any of you Crivvies? Y'know, not realising you had a gap in a collection and thinking you had every issue? If so, help make your genial host feel not quite so inept by sharing your stories in our ever-hungry comments section. Incidentally, only the first two monthly mags out of 20 are numbered - none of the remaining 18 are, which is perhaps why I didn't notice the gap 15 years ago. (There was also an 'Annual' for 2010.)
Right, now I'm going to read the mag, then pull out the box its fellows are in from the cupboard and 'reunite' them. Don't you just love a happy ending?
Incidentally, look at the free supplement below that came with #2; there was also one about toys that came with #1, but it wasn't advertised on the cover, only alluded to in the editor's page at the back of the mag. I no longer recall whether or not it was present in the issue I bought as, not being mentioned on the cover, I wouldn't have noticed its absence if such were the case. If it was included, I no longer remember and wouldn't know where I stored it at the time or where to even begin looking for it. If any of you own a copy of the supplement and would like to sell it, I'll buy it off you - so let me know. If I do already have it and ever find it, I'll post a cover gallery of the mag and include the supplement.
Saturday 16 April 2022
Friday 15 April 2022
Saturday 9 April 2022
More proof, if any were needed, that I continue to buy things I've already got (in some form or other) and which I don't really need; namely, the Facsimile Edition of Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #1. I've already got the True Believers presentation, and perhaps another couple of reprints of the tale elsewhere, but this latest incarnation contains the original ads and text pages which perfectly capture the mood of the period.
Take the ad for Maurice Horn's Encyclopaedia Of Comics (at the foot of this post) for example. I bought this book (and still have it) from Debenhams in Southsea in 1981. It cost a mere fiver, surely the bargain of the century (any century as Marvel would say), and despite printing a picture of Jor-El to accompany an entry about Hawkman, is an excellent book. Large and thick, some people would say it complements me perfectly, though I'll ignore them (and myself for repeating it) and say it's a very worthy addition to anyone's personal library.
Just looking at that ad, I'm back in Debenhams (now closed) in Southsea once again, which is exactly how I feel whenever I look at the book itself. Hell, it's worth buying the facsimile for that ad alone, even though I already own various original comics from the '70s that carry the same ad. So I've been on a journey 41 years into the past, self-indulgent of me as it is, but time travel (hark, is that the Dr. Who theme music I hear?) always gives me a thrill.
Anyway, the main point of this post is to alert you to this facsimile of PPTSSM #1 and urge you to buy a copy if you haven't already. Job done. However, should you now decide you want the book as well, then I've done you a double-favour, so give eBay a try.
Friday 8 April 2022
Thursday 7 April 2022
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Sunday 3 April 2022
|The Wedding of Sue and Reed - first time around|
|This image was 'borrowed' from my blog for a TwoMorrows book|
|This one reprints the main tale from Annual #2|
|And this ish reprints the main story from Annual #1|
|This ish reprints Reed and Sue's wedding from Annual #3. Pages 7 & 8 have been omitted|
|This ish also reprints the wedding, but this time omits the original's page 20. Also reprinted is the|
main tale from Annual #4, with page 9 omitted. In each case, both pages are full page 'splashes'
|Jack's first (and last) new FF Annual cover since #7 in 1969|