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Here are scans of six more of my Mad magazines:
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While Warren Publishing is today known primarily for the Famous Monsters of Filmland, Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella magazines published during its heyday, Warren titles spanned several genres. Here are samples of a couple of non-horror related Warren titles from my collection:
Dec 23 16 12:34 AM
Hepcat wrote:While Warren Publishing is today known primarily for the Famous Monsters of Filmland, Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella magazines published during its heyday, Warren titles spanned several genres. Here are samples of a couple of non-horror related Warren titles from my collection:
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Dec 23 16 12:26 PM
Tribe wrote:Hepcat wrote:While Warren Publishing is today known primarily for the Famous Monsters of Filmland, Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella magazines published during its heyday, Warren titles spanned several genres. Here are samples of a couple of non-horror related Warren titles from my collection: I remember them on the newstand and not on the racks when I was a kid.
Dec 24 16 8:43 PM
Hepcat wrote:Tribe wrote:Hepcat wrote:While Warren Publishing is today known primarily for the Famous Monsters of Filmland, Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella magazines published during its heyday, Warren titles spanned several genres. Here are samples of a couple of non-horror related Warren titles from my collection: I remember them on the newstand and not on the racks when I was a kid. I'm not sure I understand. Do you mean you remember seeing them on the newstand with other magazines as opposed to on the spinner rack with the comics?
Dec 28 16 12:50 PM
Tribe wrote:Wow. Those are beauties, aren't they!
Jan 4 17 2:23 PM
This TV show aired for the first time just over fifty years ago in December:
It's become a much beloved Xmas classic of course. I've been an ardent Dr. Seuss fan even before I bought my first comics though.
We had moved to within a block of the Fred Landon branch of the London Public Library when I was six years old in the fall of 1958. The branch became a regular haunt of mine and I visited several times a week. For one thing we didn't get a television until 1961 and even then we got only one channel so I watched very little anyway. I was most decidedly not a TV watching kid as a youngster. The library though was something else! It was filled with wonders! From the magazine section with Boy's Life, Model Airplane News, Life, Post and Look magazines to the childrens' book section, I spent hours there poring over the offerings before checking out a book that couldn't be quickly devoured on the spot.
And the first books I ever read may have been one of the Dr. Seuss offerings. I can still remember the shelf where they were placed. Here are some favourites:
One of the Uncle Remus Golden Books was another favourite of mine for on-site reading. It may have been this one:
The first book though that I actually checked out may very well have been The Adventures of Reddy Fox:
It was part of a wonderful series penned by American naturalist and author Thornton W. Burgess which were located on the bottom shelf right below the Dr. Seuss books. The Burgess books became a staple of mine at the checkout counter by early 1960.
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johnh19 wrote:I remember having a lot of trouble finding two particular Marvel books back in 1969; Daredevil #54 and Avengers #71. My dad even drove me around the St. James area of Winnipeg looking for them in the evenings after he came home from work. It's a very fond memory of dad literally going the extra mile to do something really nice for me. I don't remember how many area drug stores we stopped at but it was a few. Unfortunately, we could not find the books on those trips.
Wow! There's no way my father would have encouraged me in comic related pursuits let alone assisted me in finding a certain issue. His derisive term for funny books was "monkeys". He couldn't empathize with any interests that I had that weren't somehow similar to whatever was available in the old country when he was a kid. Unfortunately, I find that I sneer at kids' current singleminded obsession with video games for roughly the same reason....
johnh19 wrote:I had no problem finding any other books that I collected at Bigelow's Pharmacy which was my regular haunt on the way home from school.
Did Bigelow's often stock multiple copies of a title?
Seldom was there more than one copy of any comic at the newsstands I visited as a kid. On the odd occasion I might have found more than one copy of a title like Superman at a certain outlet, but I can't recall ever seeing more than one copy of the DC comics that I found most exciting, Justice League, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman, Atom, Mystery in Space, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, Showcase, Brave and the Bold, etc.
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johnh19 wrote:Dad took me to my first two games when I was 8 in 1967...Ottawa 40 Winnipeg 7 and Hamilton 31 Winnipeg 4...OUCH! I didn't attend a game that we won until 1971. It was only a preseason game against Saskatchewan, which we won by a score of 17-10, but to me it felt like a win in the Grey Cup. Dad and I went to every game from 1971-75 and those are absolutely the best times I ever spent with him. We even drove to Regina for a big road game in late September of 1972, during the Canada-Russia Summit Series. The Big Blue finished first in the West that season and the football was never more exciting than it was during the 1971 and 72 seasons when Don Jonas, Mack Herron and Jim Thorpe played together.
johnh19 wrote:Don Jonas became my hero that night and he remains so to this day.
johnh19 wrote:Dad passed away on December 30, 1980 at the ripe young age of 50.
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I've mentioned before that the love of the comics and cards I had as a kid never completely left me and throughout my high school and college years I'd often look back and wish I still had my childhood collections. In fact I bought a bunch of packs of 1971 CFL, 1971-72 Hockey and 1972 CFL cards at the News Depot on Dundas Street in downtown London as a lark I actually felt a bit sheepish buying those packs and didn't actually pursue completing the sets. Of course after I finished school in a few years I was secure enough to no longer felt sheepish about collecting anything, kid stuff or not.
Now I may have read about the ground-breaking Green Lantern - Green Arrow series in Time magazine or some place. But I was enchanted when I saw a copy of this paperback at Coles Books on Dundas Street and bought it immediately:
It collected the stories from these two issues:
It left me with mixed feelings though.
On the one hand I was very pleased to see Green Arrow in his new costume as the co-star in a comic book. As a kid I'd always wanted to see Green Arrow get his own title. Secondly Neal Adams' artwork was quite simply the best I'd ever seen in comics. Thirdly my buddies and I were delighted by what we considered the raw edginess of the language! It was just so much grittier than we remembered from the comics of the early to mid-sixties. In fact we took to belabourng the line "Bug off old dink 'fore you're hurt" ad nauseam in our everyday conversation!
On the other hand the "pop" political context left me annoyed/disgusted. Denny O'Neil was thirty years old at the time but his thinking had no more depth than that of my typical feeble minded classmates from back in high school. For example, the old fellow on the cover of the pocketbook is asking Green Lantern what he's done for the black skins. The response of the mighty emerald crusader, near omnipotent ring wielder for space sector 2814? "I can't." Huh?! This was the daring dialogue promised on the cover of the book? A more daring not to mention fitting response from Green Lantern would have been "Let's see, how many times have I saved your sorry ass from extermination at the hands of the interplanetary menace du jour? Or should I have somehow extended a special saving grace to you more darkly pigmented fellows?"
And in the meantime, the problem of the existence of injustice, evil, etc. in the world had already been dealt with in Green Lantern 61 by a deeper thinking Mike Friedrich:
I guess we have to conclude that Dennis O'Neil had neither read issue #61 nor had taken any Logic, Metaphysics or Ethics courses in university. But I had.
And no, the problem isn't that the Dennis O'Neil Green Lantern - Green Arrow series hasn't aged well. The problem was that O'Neil wrote the stories to further his own particular one-dimensional political agenda. The stories were filled with sappy dialogue and were out-and-out preachy.
Still that pocketbook ended up being an enormous influence on me. After reading it I went out and bought my first comic in almost five years:
I loved it! I swiftly bought several dozen more comics such as Batman 243 & 244 penned by the same Dennis O'Neil and illustrated by Neal Adams, Teen Titans 40, Adventure Comics 423 with Supergirl and the JLA, Phantom Stranger 20 & 21, World's Finest 213 with the Atom, New Gods 10, Forever People 10, Mister Miracle 10, Demon 1, Flash 218 and Diana Prince Wonder Woman 201 & 202.
Sometime in the next few months I also attended a full fledged comic book convention at the University of Western Ontario with dealers from as far away as Buffalo and Rochester! Visions of early Silver Age Green Lantern, Justice League, Flash, Aquaman, Atom, Wonder Woman, Fly and Jaguar comics danced like sugar plums in my head. No such luck though. Just a bunch of late Silver Age Marvels and even more recent Bronze Age comics. Hmmmmppppffff. (That's what comic book collecting was like in the seventies though.) I still remember some idiot dealer from Buffalo who, rather than trying to determine what turned my crank and fanning that interest, immediately tried to sell me on his subscription service for new comics so I wouldn't miss a single issue(!). For whatever reason I still resent that. To my friends' subsequent amazement I did spend a whole $1 on an issue of Green Lantern - Green Arrow. Overall though I was so disappointed in the selection that the convention acted to put my budding enthusiasm for comic collecting into hibernation for five years or so.
So despite the shortcomings of the stories, those first two issues of Green Lantern - Green Arrow may very well have precipitated the building of the collection I now have today.
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