The thing that impressed me most about Dave's was the wide selection of back issues available at reasonable, realistic prices, aimed at encouraging rather than putting off the enthusiast. On top of that, the staff were very friendly and helpful. The store is on two floors:
There were a number of comics I would have liked to have bought, but I had to keep the bulk and weight of my luggage down, so I just opted for one comic that would be very hard to find back here in the USA.
There was a copy of Valentine hanging up on a wall display just as we entered the store, and that caught my eye. The condition wasn't so great, but I think it was well worth the £3 that I paid for it. Valentine is notable for featuring artwork by Spanish artists of the Selecciones Illustradas agency, and for stories based on the titles of popular songs. The one that I bought at Dave's was from 1969, so towards the end of Valentine's run. See what you think:
Following the opening story, the comic goes into a text-heavy section with short news articles about various stars, a two-page text story with some nice illustrations, more news and articles, and a couple of ads:
The rest of the comic continues with more of the same mixture, articles focused on pop stars, interspersed with comics and some ads. But while we've seen the best of the artwork, the rest is still not too shabby:
Fashion, of course...
An interesting story about a female delinquent...
With a very interesting sequential art adaptation of a reader's problem and Stevie's response...
And for old Diana Rigg fans...
That's all for now, folks! Happy New Year!
Congratulations on your purchase and thank you for the post. AnthonyReplyDelete
A bargain and three quid! And SO glad to see you blogging again. Keep it up!ReplyDelete
Yes, that first story is by Enric Badia Romero (according to David Roach, who generally seems to know about such things). Which I think would make it more likely that the other strip is by the other Romero. And I reckon 'Lost and Found' must be by Jesus Blasco.ReplyDelete
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What is Valentine? And History of valentine's Day.
For those who are interested in Valentine's history.
Brings back the old days. I love it!ReplyDelete
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