Had some charity shop luck today.
I’m not a fan of anime, mostly because most if it comes in series which are a million episodes long (still not finished watching The Guyver) and it often has unnecessarily-complicated storylines. There always has to be that “guy in the middle” who is not good or evil. Manga is just as bad, though I’m persevering with Bakuman for now.
But anyway, those two are both ones I saw on TV back when I was into anime (IE didn’t know any different). And they also happen to be self-contained. Though Bubblegum Crash is the sequel to a series called Bubblegum Crisis, which is probably the only series I have seen in full… in 1998. Also they were £2.95 each. They appear to have originally came with a magazine (it says “not to be sold separately” but charity shops always ignore that – and long may it last, EU regulators / New Labour / Whatever other scum).
From cool to sub-zero, this is The Wonder Book of Comics from (aroundabout) 1949. British comics from the 40’s are very hard to come by because of the rationing that was in force at the time producing small print runs and crappy paper. But it was also one of the most interesting times for British comics as the yanks had all bought over their comics and British publishers realised that it didn’t have to be “picture strips for funny stories, text for adventures”. Said publishers were often dodgy spivs who would get a batch of paper that “fell off a lorry” and knock out a few comics quickly – normally there’d only be one issue of a given title – and disappear.
But anyway, this, being a hardback annual, is probably one of the easiest ways to experience 1940’s British comics as it’s pretty common (by comparison!). It does primarily have the adventure stories as text stories, mind you. But there’s also some adventure picture stories in there as well. There’s some pretty famous contributors – W.E. Johns, Enid Blyton and Frank Richards.
I also got the commemorative Beano and Dandy. Might be worth a couple of bob (IE-10p) one day.
I also got the latest Commando’s – the last remaining Boys’ Own comic that’s in the shops (and as far as I know one of only three that is currently being produced at all… and one of those is mine). This one is another story of Ferret McGloan. He started out as one of a group of journalists in various stories set in wars in Victorian times, but gradually came into his own. This story is an “origin story” (XD) showing how he became a journalist… and his first war adventure in the Indian mutiny! It’s framed by his reminiscences during his 100th birthday celebrations – on VJ day!
He’s also an unashamed drunk, which is just another spit in the face for the PC maniacs who would love to see Boys’ Own comics vanish for good. He can narrowly avoid death in the face of a horde of screaming Dervishes or Boxers, and his first words are always “Got any gargle, mateys?” when he is bought to safety!