A MODEST COMIC COLLECTION PART 6

This page is about my collection of  “Power Comics” from  the 1960’s . I have these  collections among many other books and collectibles, bound into hardback books in this glass-fronted cabinet.The titles covered are Wham”, “Smash” and “Pow”.They make up five separate volumes.Later there would also be “Fantastic” and “Terrific”.COMIC BOOK CABINET 1

These comics are where many comic readers came across “Marvel” for the first time with the realisation that these new punky comics were a lot different to the Superman  and Batman fare which were currently running in DC National’s comics.These new comics were vibrantly different in tone, storytelling, artwork   and dynamism. Each story was usually a new episode of a gradually evolving  and interlocking “Marvel Universe”. Things were getting complex.They fairly leapt off the spinner-racks in the newsagents with heroes such as Spider-man , Fantastic Four, Daredevil, X-Men, Iron Man , The Avengers, Doctor Strange , the Hulk, Nick Fury and Captain America. Back then Nick Fury was a white man who appeared in World War Two exploits as Sergeant Fury and his Howling Commandos and also later as Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Like I say, he was  a white caucasian back then instead of being black as he now appears in the Marvel films …but he did have that  eye-patch.COMICS CABINET 2

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I made five  hard ,cloth- bound volumes in all from these collected  Power Comics , teaching myself the tecniques of sewing and gluing the comics together to better preserve them.These were some of the first comics in the  UK to reprint the early Marvel Comics stories from the very beginning.I’d been searching and collecting Marvels for a while when these appeared  and it was throughtheir letter pages that I became involved with comics fandom and Tony Roche’s “Merry Marvel Fanzine”.The strips were edited  , cut up and re-designed to suit the larger page format and also homespun humour and adventure strips were placed into the mix.At the time monthy American comics would have cost tenpence{pre-decimal}, rising to twelve pence {one shilling pre-decimal} so they were expensive compared to the usual three to seven pence required to buy UK comics…although the UK comics were appearing four times each month . At the weekly rate of production and the higher page count , the Power Comics fairly ate up Marvel’s back stories.  They were a cheap , weekly way to catch up on the earlier American -issued super-hero stories that were actually extremely rare and hard to find in the early and mid 1960’s.The run began with “Wham” in June 1964 and although the comic was initially conceived as  a sort of  unfettered Super-Beano using some of that comic’s original artists in a better and larger format, within a short space of time super-heroes began making their appearance until they eventually became the main item on the menu. “Pow” and “Wham” soon followed.

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