Saturday, 25 June 2011
Ahhh. 1982. The Eagle Comic. I remember it well. I remember getting Issue 1 because I was going to visit somebody in hospital, and my parents wanted something to keep me occupied. I remember Dan Dare's car switching number plates in that first episode. I remember Doomlord being pretty cool and all of the other photo strips being a bit crap, and I remember dropping the comic before too long, partly because some of the photo strips were a bit crap and mostly because it wasn't Marvel.
However, I came across a stock of these recently in a long neglected corner of Northampton, and I have to admit, I do have a faint twinge of nostalgia for them. I remember how modern that logo seemed at the time, and how cool the Dan Dare strip was (obviously I didn't know the original)
Reading through this issue as an adult, there's a lot more that you notice. Look, the footy strip is written by Tom Tully (he did lots of Roy of The Rovers and Billy's Boots), Dan Dare is credited to Mills and Wagner, whilst there's a couple of Alan Grant credits in there.
But that's not why I bought this issue. There's one short story that I saw on the interweb a few years ago that I distinctly remembered from my callow youth, a grisly tale of a comics dealer ripping off a punter. It was the first time I ever saw the interior of a comics shop (it is Forbidden Planet in Denmark St), and, oh look, it's written by Alan Moore.
In reverse On The Ration style, I, like our titular Collector, made sure that I paid a fair price for it. And it's the best 50p I've spent in a long time. Read it here, and let me know if I made the right decision.