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Sunday, 12 April 2015

"Make Mine Class!" Is NOT Revolutionary Declaration. Just Saying.

After getting the Class Comics donation from Chris yesterday I have to say I got a little depressed!  You might wonder why?

As Chris pointed out, there is a whole generation -actually, I think probably a couple since Alan stopped publishing in the 1980s!- who will not see Class Comics or know the excitement of seeing so many diverse genre types (unless they buy Black Tower comics!) -newsagents don't even stock comics now.

I visited a few to see who was "On board with 2000 AD" and the newsagent across the road has removed the poster.  He doesn't stock the comics or anything other than the toy/promo related mags that might feature a rare strip.  In fact, I couldn't find another shop with the poster or 2000 AD.

Class Comics, like John Spencer All Original Comics, the Tarzan Comic Weekly are all gone.

It made me think that I need a plan to make even more aware of the Class Comics legacy.  Once we hit Autumn I'm hoping to feature much more on this blog.  "Pure nostalgia!" they say.  Too bloody right. Comics do not have to be Marvel or DC and in colour.  Most of us in the UK were brought up on black and white comics with the odd colour page. 

I just say "Make Mine Class!"

I'm hyper now!

Saturday, 11 April 2015

A Thank You

A great big "Thank You"  to Chris Tolworthy for his donation of Class Comics!

THANK YOU!

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Hey -I Got Amazing Stories -Sinister Tales No. 177....or is it No. 69?

Well, yesterday my copy of Class Comics Amazing Stories -Sinister Tales no.177 arrived. Not bad condition either and £1.99.

The book contains, behind the Don heck cover of Mandrake The Magician #1:

Mandrake -Menace of the City Jungle  King Comics)

Lightning -While Our Hero Sleeps...!  (Tower Comics)

A Caveman Named Smith  (Atlas Comics?)

The Phantom -SOS Phantom  (King Comics)

Mandrake -The Flying Phantom!  (King Comics)

The Little Lost Planet  (Atlas Comics?  Ditko art)


http://www.phantomwiki.org/images/2/2a/Sinistertales177.jpg

Now, in my interview with Alan it was pointed out that he would mix-and-match covers and strips since there was limited material available.  So I was not surprised to learn that the cover had been used in a pre-1971 UK decimalisation edition of the same title.

Interesting is that Sinister Tales 69 cost 1/- (1 shilling which became 5p after decimalisation)  so the 20p cover price would have made it 4/- in old money!  Decimalisation ripped us off? Of course it did.

I was surprised to see three different sites list the contents of both issues as being the same.


File:Sinistertales69.jpg
This issue actually contained only two strips from the later no. 177 -the Mandrake and Lightning stories:

"Mandrake the Magician" by Dick Wood, Werner Roth, Don Heck, and André LeBlanc
"The Frightened Man" by Bob Powell (?)
"I Died Tomorrow!" by Pete Morisi
"While Our Hero Sleeps...!" by Steve Skeates and Chic Stone
"The Empty Chair" by Joe Orlando
"They Crawl by Night!" by Vic Carrabotta
"The Punishment of Paul Phillips!" by George Roussos (?)
"Something Strange on the Sand!" by ?
"The Man Who Crushed Rocks!" by Reed Crandall
There is a big difference, though.  I do not have no. 69 but I did look through a copy someone was "willing" to sell me for £15 -it was £1.50 but when I showed interest: "Oh, that's a rare collectible, mate and it should be £15 -that's what that should read" and my response?  "Really? £15.00? If I ever get brain damaged and have money to waste I'll pop by!"

Seriously.

Distracted then...right.  Alan had changed printers to Caldra House and for a 48 pages black and white comic I was quoted 11p per copy by them -which was cheap.  The cover and colours on No. 177 are not as bright and clear as on No. 69.  The same can be said for the internal reproduction standard where a lot of areas are badly faded rather than solid black and in some spots has faded all-together.

I am guessing Caldra House used the printing 'plates' made from the art originally supplied to Alan or made poor new versions.  When I say "plate" I should say "sheet" because they were a few millimetres thick and if you think of the flat bottom of a tin foil baking grey you are not far off.

You'll note that the AC comics symbol and price are much better defined on the no. 69, too. 


But, for one thing, I have a Don Heck Mandrake strip  which was worth the cost.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Ebay Prices...Again.

 
I thought I might try to fill a few gaps in my Class collection.  Well, considering thefts more like filling huge chasms.

I got a couple Class books for £1.99 and £2.00.

Not bad.

Then I saw all the other prices -£15, £20 and even £30 and £40.  THAT is just robbery. Do not bid on books at that price and just remember there are only black and white reprints inside these books.  Nothing ultra rare!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Alan Class Yahoo Group


Please remember that the Alan Class Yahoo group has MANY images so if you haven't joined yet:

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/alanclasscomics/info

Alan Class Phantom and Mandrake Reprints




THE following, compiled by Les Gray, is for those seeking Mandrake and/or Phantom stories published by Class.  Info from the Phantom Deepwoods site at:~

Les Gray
Issue
Price
Pages
Cover
Phantom Story
Reprint of
Creepy Worlds
86
1'-
68
Mandrake #3
The Magic Ivory Cage

87
1'-
68
Mandrake #4
The Girl Phantom

89
1'-
68
King #25
The Cold Fire Worshippers

94
1'-
68
King #23
Delilah

98
1'-
68
King #27
The Story of Hero

160
15p
68
Mandrake #4
The Girl Phantom
87
193
20p
50
Mandrake #4
The Girl Phantom
87
197
20p
48
Mandrake #3
The Magic Ivory Cage
86
231
25p
48
King #25
The Cold Fire Worshippers
89
234
30p
44
King #23
Delilah
94
Secrets of the Unknown
85
1'-
68
King #19
The Astronaut and the Pirates
The Masked Emissary

86
1'-
68
King #20
The Adventures of the Girl Phantom
The Invisible Demon

88
1'-
68
King #24
Riddle of the Witch (Girl Phantom)

237
30p
48
King #19
The Astronaut and the Pirates
The Masked Emissary
237
244
30p
68
King #20
The Adventures of the Girl Phantom
The Invisible Demon
86
Sinister Tales
69
1'-
68
Mandrake #1
SOS Phantom

71
1'-
68
King #22
The Secret of Magic Mountain

74
1'-
68
Mandrake #2
The Pirate Raiders

142
10p
50
Mandrake #2
The Pirate Raiders
74
173
20p
50
Mandrake #2
The Pirate Raiders
74
177
20p
50
Mandrake #1
SOS Phantom
69
Suspense
80
1'-
68
King #18
The Treasure of the Skull Cave

87
1'-
68
King #26
The Lost City of Yiango
The Pearl Raiders

230
55p
100
King #26
The Lost City of Yiango
The Pearl Raiders
87
234
55p
100
King #18
The Treasure of the Skull Cave
80
Uncanny Tales
181
55p
100
King #21
The Terror Tiger
The Treasure of Bengali Bay



I'm Still Here. And I STILL Love Alan Class Comics

 I have to admit that, with all the people professing to be long term Class Comics fans I had thought a few more might be popping by or asking questions 

The usual thing I get, when emailed, is offering me a copy of "the ultra rare" (please, I am NOT a moron) issue whatever. 

And the asking price is usually anywhere between £20-70.00.  Seriously. I resist the urge to write back: "F*** off!"

"This one is a very rare first appearance of the Vision character so it's a hot book with the movie coming up!"  No, it is the SECOND appearance of the Vision and it is a variable print quality, black and white UK reprint.  Oh, how much?  £75.00.  In this case I pointed all the usual out to the diseased little turd who thought I was open to conning and his response?  "If I put this on Ebay I can ask £100 for it!"  My response WAS rude.

Because I have a blog and a lot of articles out there -not to mention all the people who have plagiarized my posts and articles- some think I'm a bit retarded.  Or that I've been sectioned at some point and I'll splash money out like a mentally deranged buy-a-holic.

I do love these books and I usually pick them up if I see any for between £1.5-£5.00 -£5.00 is the absolute maximum I will pay but then only if I really want the contents badly (I also get a kick out of the covers).

Over the years I have had offers of collections for free -I can collect or cover the postage.  I do say yes, but I usually get the "once I've scanned them"/"Got them all sorted" and I KNOW I am never going to get the books.  I'm sure that the odd person does go through them but then says "No! I can't get rid of these!" but never let me know. Perhaps 95% of these offers come from bull-****** who do not even have the books but get a kick out of thinking I'm getting excited and waiting.  

I work in comics and one thing you learn is "until the cheque is in your hand it hasn't happened!"

I have to admit that, if I get to London this year, I might be able to arrange a visit with Alan Class, It would be interesting to note how publishing and promotion/production has changed!

So this site isn't quite dead yet!