I am a collector of comics published in Britain in the 1970s and 1980s and this blog collects my memories of being a reader of these comics as a child, my observations as a collector today and an attempt to catalogue the comics from a fan’s perspective. My first post on the blog was posted on 31 August 2015 and for the first 28 months I focused solely on comics published by IPC. From 31 December 2017 I widened the scope of the blog to cover comics published by DC Thomson during the 1970s and 1980s (grouped under the category ‘Oor Pals in the North’), and I will occasionally feature titles published by other houses.
Over time, I will try to index as many of the issues, stories, characters and their talented creators as I am able. This is mostly a nostalgic appreciation of wonderful storytelling, art and design, but I’m also searching for something more significant. For me and for so many others of my generation, these comics were our literature, our social media and our companions when the telly was switched off – I’m sure that they must have had some sort of impact on how we understood and related to the world both then and today.
At first I was writing mainly about my own experiences and memories of reading comics. In 2016 I started to write ‘On This Day’ posts, looking in detail at particular issues that bore the cover date of the day of the blog post (the cover date was usually the day that a comic went off-sale rather than the day it was published).