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Cheap Back Issues

So I went to the comic store today, and they didn't have any new comics because of the ice storms to the east.  The comics truck was still in Kansas...

But I did pick up some cheap back issues ($1 each, because they are both in pretty bad condition).

Gold Key Spotlight #2 (July 1976) -- I bought this because of the mermaid on the cover!  Gold Key is best known for all the licensed comics they did, but Cracky was an original character.  I believe Cracky started out as the mascot of a joke magazine that Gold Key published, and then he had his own comic book Wacky Adventures of Cracky earlier in the decade.  Cracky is a parrot (in a world of anthropomorphic birds) who has all sorts of adventures because he is a professional adventurer -- in fact most stories start out with Cracky at the Adventurers' Club, looking for his next adventure.  The stories are very jokey, and don't really hold together plot-wise the way a Carl Barks story does -- the main story in this issue, about Cracky discovering Atlantis, doesn't make a lick of sense when you look back on it.  But it does have mermaids, which excuses a lot of storytelling sins in my eyes.  I'm not sure why they are mermaids instead of merbirds, but like I said it doesn't make any sense.

Wally #3 (June 1963) -- I bought this because of my interest in Archie imitations.  This is another original character from Gold Key, but maybe saying 'original' is stretching things, because Wally Brewster is just another Archie clone.  The art, however, is very different from the Bob Montana-based house style over at Archie Comics, and it's very good too.  Does anyone know who the artist is?  The Grand Comics Database doesn't seem to know...  The GCDb does claim the stories were written by John Stanley, which is possible -- the plots are quite tight, and the supporting characters have some interesting dialog.  But Wally, that dull faux-Archie at the center of the stories, sucks the life out of the scripts.  I'm surprised John Stanley couldn't come up with some twist to make Wally something besides a pale copy of Archie.

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wickednavi
Jan. 18th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
Randomly
Speaking of Archie, I was at the thrift store the other day and I found a Sabrina thermos. It's the nice old 70s kind, back when the comic didn't go the route of American "manga" (I showed it to a friend and she was like "That's Sabrina??")
shadzane
Jan. 19th, 2007 07:23 am (UTC)
Re: Randomly
Cool! What a great find! I like the new manga Sabrina a lot, but the earlier version has a great design that can't be beat...
jimmyknocker
Jan. 18th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
New Funnies anyone?
Just wondering if you've ever came across the title "New Funnies" in your comics venturings? They feature the classic Universal Studios cartoon characters like Woody Woodpecker, Andy Panda, Oswald the Rabbit (before Disney reclaimed him), and even some characters that didn't have animated cartoons like Homer Pigeon and Charlie Chicken. I picked them up at MoCCA because I volunteer there, and I was wondering if you ever saw them at your local dealer, seeing as how you seem to find all these other old comics.

*GKJD*
(current music: Tom And Jerry & Tex Avery Too!)
shadzane
Jan. 19th, 2007 07:02 am (UTC)
Re: New Funnies anyone?
Actually, when I was looking thru the Gold Key/Dell back issues at Time Warp, I noticed that they had quite a few issues of New Funnies, which surprised me. You don't see it around that much. I don't own any...

New Funnies was the Walter Lantz anthology (just like Walt Disney's Comics & Stories was the Disney anthology and Loony Tunes was the Warner Bros. anthology), but it's not as well known as the other two, maybe because it ended in 1962 (while the others are both still published today).

jimmyknocker
Jan. 20th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
Re: New Funnies anyone?
With Looney Tunes being the only series to publish new stories. All the new Disney comics put out by Gemstone are nothing more than reprints. Am I correct?

*GKJD*
(they definitely have that classic look)
shadzane
Jan. 21st, 2007 07:50 am (UTC)
Re: New Funnies anyone?
Actually, the new Disney comics from Gemstone are about 1/3 reprint of old American comics, and 2/3 new English translations of European comics (some written and/or drawn by Americans who got jobs in Europe when Disney Comics or Gladstone went out of business). You could call that all-reprint if you want, but the European stories are new to the USA...
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