Right then. It’s June. I’ve updated The List. And with good cause.
Been to Chesterfield second hand market today. This is, of course, where I go every so often, to purchase old comics, usually Dandys and Beanos from the 1980s that I owned back in the day.
It’s actually the first time I’ve been anywhere for about three weeks, due to my unfortunate habit of having epileptic fits. I’ve had three in the past two weeks, so I tend to sit around the house in the days/weeks afterwards, just hoping I don’t have any more. They really are most vexing.
Anyway, my sister gave me a crisp £20 note last night, and told me I had to spend it – all – in Chesterfield today, or give her the change. So I found the £5 comics fund I’d allowed myself for the day somewhat increased.
There is a particular stall in the market which sells these old comics for £1 per bundle, which generally contains between 6-10 issues. They also sell the accompanying annuals for £1 apiece. And so it was that I grabbed 6 bundles of comics and 4 books this afternoon for a tenner.
Now, those 6 bundles contained a grand total of 45 comics and 2 summer specials from between 1983 and 1991. They included a ten-issue run from 1983 of a Fleetway comic I wasn’t previously familiar with, called Wow! (unusual for a Fleetway comic in that it had issue numbers – 33-42 in this package – something that, with the few Whoopee!/Whizzer and Chips/Busters in my collection, is generally missing). Of the other 37 comics I got today, 22 were Beanos, three Beezers (always a nice surprise, if all too rare), and a dozen Dandys. And of the lot, only five already feature in my collection, which isn’t too bad a return for a day’s work.
Meanwhile, the books I grabbed myself were Beryl the Peril 1977 (this looked an odd beast – billed on the cover as “Beryl The Peril and famous fun chums”, this also features strips starring Beryl’s Topper stablemate Tiny (The World’s Biggest Dog), The Beano‘s Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx, and The Bash Street Kids, and, from The Beezer, Pop, Dick and Harry. I also picked up The Topper Book 1979, the Jackpot Annual 1982 (a Fleetway offering, featuring some great artwork from Tom Paterson, Robert Nixon and J. Edward Oliver, among others), as well The Dandy and The Beano Golden Years Volume II collection from 1989,another book I once had, but which has long since vanished from my shelves.
However, the true highlight of my day came when I spied a certain something on another stall – a dateless Dandy Monster Comic (the fact that this was a ‘Monster Comic’ and not a Dandy Book or Annual told me that the book dated from the 1950s, maybe even the ’40s). This was a good age, in very good condition, and for just £6, I couldn’t not buy it, to be honest.
A nosey on the internet on my way home actually verified that this was the Dandy Monster Comic 1948 (published in 1947, some 66 years ago), making it the oldest item in my collection by some 25 years.
So my ‘old comics’ (ie ‘pre-Dandy relaunch 2010′) total now stands at 258 (not including the odd duplicate issue) – recently boosted by the Oink! preview issue, picked up for next to nothing on eBay – and, when I get round to buying this week’s Beano tomorrow (I somehow completely forget to buy one while I was out today), I’ll have a grand comics total of 435 (again, not including duplicates), plus 52 books, all of which I reckon is quite an achievement to say I only started collecting again less than three years ago.
Anyhoo, that’s me done for today. Check in again next whenever.