…old paper comics… the genesis of my reading habit…

…there are many modern innovations, I s’pose, for which the WURLD can be thankful, such as mobile telephones, iPads, Smartphones and the whole range of electronic communication devices which seem to have become transplanted parts of our anatomy… I see children in push carts playing with cartoon images on tiny screens… teenagers in clusters, each oblivious to the other, noses pronged into their wifi-laden machines… older, allegedly more mature people, congregated around dinner tables, constantly flicking the ‘light-up’ switch, every five minutes, while lending pretence to communal conversation… and I think back to when we, of a certain age, were children… none of these ‘insta-plug-me-into-the rest-of my-virtual-planet’ gizmos existed back then… we played games in the street… exercised all day (although we didn’t call it that) until darkness beckoned us home for supper… no need for text messages to bring us back…

…and we had comics… in the UK, there were the weekly editions of The Beano, The Dandy, and The Topper, where we saw ourselves reflected in the activities of the Bash Street Kids, Beryl the Peril, Dennis the Menace, Korky the Kat, and Desperate Dan (none of yer McDonald’s rubbish for him – mega-kilo cow pies instead, with hooves and horns still protruding from the top of the pastry)…

…and I can’t help but think present day children are missing so much… I recall being absorbed in these comics… and yes, I know they weren’t loaded with strictly grammatically correct literature… but my acquired sense of onomatopoeia must surely have benefited from reading such embellishments as ‘Kapowee!’, ‘Boooooooooom!’, ‘Kerplunnkk!‘ and many such other unmistakable WURDS

…also, never amongst those pages do I recall ever noticing any nastiness in the storylines… there was more of a slapstick humour nature to it all… but all the participants, apart from any occasional ‘bullies’, fared well… and the basic takeaway is that I believe my reading habit was helped, not hindered by immersion in that WURLD… emb’dy else feel the same way?… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!

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29 responses to “…old paper comics… the genesis of my reading habit…

  1. What about ‘Biggles’, ‘Eagle’ and ‘Hurricane’ and the like? They shaped many a young lad’s attitudes to life back then.

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  2. Totally agree, Seumas – even after I ‘graduated’ up to the delights of The Eagle, Lion, etc, I still kept up with the Beano, Dandy & Topper for many years (The Broons & OOR Wullie were University Standard literature πŸ˜„)

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  3. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Those WERE the ‘GUID AULD DAYS’, as Seumas might say πŸ‘πŸ˜Ž

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  4. I remember reading British comics such as Valient, TV21, POW & a host of others whose names elude me for the present.
    American DC comics were worth their weight in gold back in those days….the artwork of which was light years ahead of the domestics.
    Their glossy colour covers caught the eye directly…….I recall ordering reading an ad in one and sending off for a pair x-ray spectacles that never arrived πŸ™„

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  5. Awww…. Dennis the Menace! How well I remember. Thanks, Seumas. Good to hear from you. Hope you’re doing well.

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  6. I loved comic strips when I was kid, they were what first inspired me to write. But I notice that the British Dennis the Menace looks a lot different than the American Dennis.

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  7. I remember them all well. BIlly and Betty Bunter were also regulars. They would not be received well by the PC community these days, though. I simply loved ‘Our Ernie’. His priceless returns home flying through the air or washed by a flood or completely dishevelled or with something dangerous attached to him, all with the question, ‘What’s for tea, ma?’ β€” classic!

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  8. Oops β€” that was Bessie Bunter, wasn’t it?

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  9. I have to admit — my clearest memories of some “classic” novels (Treasure Island, The Count of Monte Cristo, Les Miserables) are of the Great Illustrated Classics comic book versions, even though I’ve since read the real books.

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  10. Beano, Dandy and Eagle were the ones I read until war comics like the Commando series appeared. After that Dan Dare and the Mekon simply couldn’t compare… πŸ˜‰

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  11. Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    Remembering comics of the forties and fifties;)

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  12. The Beano is one of my biggest influences. Great slapstick humour! πŸ™‚

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  13. Those were the days and on the weekend there was tge delight of The Broons or Oor Wullie. 😊

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  14. I also loved comics – but they still abound, just in a different format. My dyslexic granddaughter loves a whole range of comics and graphic novels she can get on her smartphone and from the library. I took her to ComiCon at Brighton this year where she got to meet a number of graphic artists and writers all busy producing comics in a wonderful variety of styles and about all sorts of subjects. It was a wonderful day.

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  15. I remember before I could read books, my dad subscribed to Looney Tunes comic books for me. I got to know Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Porky and Petunia Pig, Daffy Duck, etc. He read them to me and enjoyed them as much as I did. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

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