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What comics would you get in the year of your birth?

Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 14:56
by SID
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.

Scenario time. :shhh:

Imagine that the Doctor's TARDIS worps into your livingroom and takes you off on a fantastic adventure. Afterwards he takes you home and says his goodbyes only for you to realise that he has taken you back to the year of your birth and there is no way of getting back to your own time.

Once you have accepted your lot, you then go out and achieve the mundane (finding a place to live, a job, a fiancee, etc...) and you settle in your new life. However, you soon realise that you are missing the key element - your regular comics.

Of course, you cannot get the comics of 2014 so what comics would you get?

Re: What comics would you get in the year of your birth?

Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 15:03
by SID
Now for me, it would be 1964.

So the comics I would get are Valiant, Lion, Eagle,
The Dandy and Commando.

There would be other comics such as TV Century 21 but they wouldn't come out until later.

Re: What comics would you get in the year of your birth?

Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 15:19
by blaing
For me, it would have been Buster, the Beano and the Dandy. (1965)

Maybe, also Valiant.

Re: What comics would you get in the year of your birth?

Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 15:32
by Shiner
TV Century 21, The Beano and Buster for me plus Alan Class comics whenever I stumble across them.

I will though be spending a lot of time trawling for Golden & Silver Age US comics so that I can ensure a comfortable retirement...

Re: What comics would you get in the year of your birth?

Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 15:33
by Shiner
I should have added - I'm now in 1965 too.

Re: What comics would you get in the year of your birth?

Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 16:48
by paw broon
As I would be in 1949, it would have to be story papers, particularly those with masked mystery men and thriller/s.f.serials. Beano and Dandy would be must reads. For my superhero fix, Superthriller with Ace Hart came out the year before. Sun and Comet are both up and running by this time. Of course there would also be a lot of G.G. Swan publications and how wonderful would it be to have a wallow in those? But, available in newsagents, pubs, market stalls, you could find a wealth of those American look-a-like comics that were shovelled out.
Swift Morgan, the t.v. boardman pub. and Roy Carson excited audiences back then, and still do it for me nowadays.
If you had a few bob to your name, being able to travel to nearby towns and checking newsagents and other wee shops would have been a pleasure. Treasure trove to be found, I imagine. Of interest to me is that The Phantom comics published by Frew in Australia commenced publication in 1948 and there is every chance they would have been available here - not regularly or every issue - soon after. They certainly were by the early to mid '50's. I'd be working piles of overtime to save up for all those amazing comics.

Re: What comics would you get in the year of your birth?

Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 17:48
by felneymike
The Beano, Commando, Battle Action, Victor, Eagle, Roy of the Rovers and maybe War Picture Library.

Edit: Oh yeah, this would be 1984!

Re: What comics would you get in the year of your birth?

Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 17:52
by colcool007
So back to 1968 for me. Eagle, Victor, Hotspur, Hornet, Rover and Wizard, Ranger, Tiger, Valiant, Beano, Dandy, Beezer, Topper and Commando. Did I miss any?

Plus holidays at Caravan sites around the country would reward me with those Alan Class comics so beloved of caravan site shops everywhere.

Re: What comics would you get in the year of your birth?

Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 18:03
by Lew Stringer
1959 for me. Undoubtedly I'd buy The Beano as it was going through arguably it's best ever period with Baxendale, Reid, Law, Watkins etc. Possibly Eagle, although I've never really been a Dan Dare fan. Not really a great year for UK comics. Film Fun and Radio Fun were on the decline. Lion and Tiger hadn't yet hit their heights. I think I'd probably be more interested in buying the Daily Mirror every day for the strips and looking out for the first US comics to be imported into the UK after the war restrictions were lifted.

Re: What comics would you get in the year of your birth?

Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 18:11
by SID
Hmmm. On retrospect, I think I would opt for The Hotspur rather than Commando. Don't get me wrong, I love the comic and would still get it in 2014. But in 1964, DCT did have other choices that I would prefer.

So final choice would be:

The Dandy
Valiant
Lion
Eagle
The Hotspur

Re: What comics would you get in the year of your birth?

Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 19:06
by big bad bri
1971 for me so i would get Beano,Dandy,buster,whizzer & chips etc,Darn it i would buy all titles plus all marvel & Dc especially the likes of spiderman & xmen in multiples & sell them in my now old age :lol:

Re: What comics would you get in the year of your birth?

Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 19:49
by starscape
In 1968, I'd say Valiant was far and away the best British comic going. Lion revamped itself to catch up.

Marvel was going through an incredible period of course, with Silver Surfer and Captain Marvel going through the Silver to Bronze Age and the Vision first appearing, as well as great stuff from Namor, the FF etc.

Not much from DC except Neal Adams artwork. Solid from DCT but not much I'd be desperate to read. Not that I wouldn't get them but I think it took Warlord to drag DCT into the kind of writing I preferred.

Re: What comics would you get in the year of your birth?

Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 19:52
by PaulTwist
1978... so probably that year's run of Plug.

EDIT: Oh, and 2000 AD, of course.

Re: What comics would you get in the year of your birth?

Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 20:41
by starscape
...and Starlord

Re: What comics would you get in the year of your birth?

Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 22:21
by babington
I'm sure you can guess the year. Besides the first issues of Knockout and Countdown, I’d have to get:

Amazing Spider-Man #100
Avengers #93, 94
Batman #232
Fantastic Four #112 – Hulk vs Thing
Marvel Feature 1, feat. the Defenders
Incredible Hulk #140, 141

Plus Beano and Dandy of course...