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Monday, 28 November 2022
"YOU'VE BEEN FRAMED..." (UPDATED)
Sunday, 27 November 2022
PAST POSTINGS - THE MIGHTY WORLD OF YESTERDAY...
They say that when you're dying, your life flashes before your eyes - but there's a far less drastic (and not so final) way to achieve the same effect. Simply flick through the pages of the comics you got as a kid (if they're still in your possession) and you'll find yourself transported back in time to when you first acquired them, with such clarity that you not only remember the past, but can see, feel, smell and taste it as well.
Monday, 21 November 2022
KENNER AND McFARLANE SUPER POWERS SUPERMAN FIGURES...
You're looking at my very own Kenner Super Powers Superman figure (above) from 1984. I bought it in John Menzies in my hometown, along with a couple of Brainiac figures, one for me and one for a friend's son, both of whom were with me at the time. We then repaired to Baird's tearoom on the top floor of said establishment, whereupon my pal's boy, on seeing my Superman, wanted it instead of his Brainiac and started to cry bitter tears over it. I assuaged him by saying that Superman was a wimp compared to his foe, and that Brainiac was the toughest guy in creation. That did the trick! He was soon engrossed in the silver figure, and I'd managed to avoid having to give him my Supes in order to shut him up.
Curiously, some areas of Superman's blue costume have darkened over the years, and I'm not quite sure why. I took a look on eBay at other figures and noticed that a few of them had likewise suffered the same discolouration in the same places. I was also astonished to see some of the asking prices for the 1984 Super Powers range, especially Superman. Battered and blootered ones go for around £15, right up to several hundreds for unopened ones in their blister packs. My original blister pack is in a box up in the loft somewhere, so I've borrowed an image from eBay to show you what it looks like. The second figure is a recent release by McFarlane Toys, again harking back to the Super Powers range, but with the figure 'paying homage' to the original without being an exact duplicate of it. Once again, the carded image is from eBay.
In case you're wondering, the difference in the density of the blue of the costumes between the two toys is due to a switch from lighter to darker in the comics sometime around the '90s, I think. Why? I can only hazard a guess, but I assume it might have been simply to give Supes a more dramatic impact on the printed page. Anyway, funny how things come around again after so long a time, isn't it? Having bought the original Super Powers Superman figure (which, contrary to the claims of some, is not a doll simply because it has points of articulation) in 1984, I felt compelled to buy the 2022 incarnation of the toy, very nearly 40 years later (38 to be precise). I almost feel like I'm 25-years-old again. (If only!)
Like I said, for the sake of convenience, both pics of the figures in their blister cards are from eBay, though the unwrapped figures are my very own. Which figure would you say was best, the '84 or '22 version, or don't you have a preference? And if you see this, McS, don't try and fool your fellow Crivvies - we all know you'll be running out to the shops to buy the second version of the toy the moment you've read this post, ya big wean. (Incidentally, Crivs, the string you see around Kenner Superman's waist loops up under the neck of his cape; I attached it years ago so that I could hang him on a pin to display on my wall.)
Sunday, 13 November 2022
GUEST POST BY JP - TV2000 - THE DUTCH TV21...
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My favourite UK comic of all time is TV (Century) 21. I cut my milk teeth on the early Gerry Anderson puppet TV shows for children and enjoyed the comic strip adaptations of Torchy the Battery Boy in Harold Hare's Own Paper and then Four Feather Falls, Supercar and Fireball XL5 in TV Comic. So when, in January 1965, a new publication went on sale, featuring all of the Gerry Anderson shows in strip form together in one tabloid-sized glossy comic to rival the Eagle, it was an absolute 'must' for me! The icing on the proverbial cake was that The Daleks were also included in this comic set mainly in the imaginary Century 21 universe!
Friday, 11 November 2022
KEVIN O'NEILL PASSES AWAY...
Saturday, 5 November 2022
CONAN IN COMIC AND BOOK FORM...
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With the recent arrival at Castel Crivens of Conan the Barbarian Epic Collection Volume Six, I've now read more issues of the mighty Cimmerian in reprint form than I ever did of the original colour comics published back in the '70s. For some reason, I once had the impression I'd bought more than I actually had, so I was surprised when I first started purchasing this series of volumes to discover I probably never actually owned much more than a handful. Funny how the memory plays tricks, eh?
Another Conan book I acquired a couple or so days ago is the Centenary Edition of The Complete Chronicles of Conan, which includes every Conan tale ever written by Robert E. Howard. It's a fourth printing, which means it doesn't have the colour frontispiece that was only included in the first edition, so can any Crivvie who has the book supply me with a scan of it so I can add it to my copy? If so, leave a wee message in the comments section.
Two Conan publications for the price of one in this post, Crivvies. I'm spoiling you again. (And now for the back covers...)
Friday, 4 November 2022
CLOUD OF A BILLION LIGHTS...
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Thursday, 3 November 2022
FOR FAWKES' SAKE - (Too good not to use again)...
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What can match the thrill, as a kid, of one of your favourite comics having a free gift every so often? I never used to be able to sleep properly the night before the 'big day' and would be up around 8 a.m. to run over to my local newsagent's (handily located just across the road from me) and plunk my money down on the counter to pay for the anticipated paper periodical and its treasure within.
Talking of paper reminds me of the heady aroma of all the newly arrived daily newspapers, as well as whatever comics came in on that particular day, that pleasantly caressed my nostrils. I loved it! Then back across to my house to savour the delights of comic and gift, before either getting ready for school or jumping back into bed if it was a Saturday. Ah, unparalleled, intoxicating memories of yesteryear - long may they linger.
Whizzer & Chips #3 had a cardboard Guy Fawkes mask within its pages, which I assume was intended to double-up as a Hallowe'en mask too, as the November 1st cover-dated issue actually went on sale on or around October 25th 1969. Yeah, 53 years ago - shocking, innit? (The same mask had been given away in a 1965 issue of Buster, but I only discovered that fact a few months back.) A year later, DCT's Topper comic #924, cover-dated October 17th (on sale on or around the 10th), gave away a Splodge, Last of the Goblins glow-in-the-dark mask.
Thinking about it now, I wonder why, in those two instances, the publishers didn't coordinate the gifts closer to the actual occasions they celebrated? Never mind, we'll let them off with it seeing as how it was so long ago, eh? Anyway, Hallowe'en may be over, but we still have Guy Fawkes Night to come, so I'm going to give you the best of both worlds by presenting, for your perusal, both masks in the one post.
If you have any reminiscences about the times they represent, feel free to record them in our comments section. Oh, one more thing - "Penny for the Guy?" (Nowadays, it would be "Fiver for the Guy?", which is probably why we don't see that particular practice being perpetuated in present times - nobody would pay it.)
Oh, before I forget, below is a Guy Fawkes mask from a 1997 issue of Buster. If I recall correctly, Buster presented this mask on the centre pages every year for quite a few years, though it may have started life as a cardboard giveaway to begin with. (Anyone know?) It's perhaps ironic that though we presumably celebrate Fawkes' failure to blow up the Houses of Parliament every November 5th, there's probably a sizeable proportion of the population nowadays that wishes he'd succeeded. (Hands up if you're one of them.)