30 Blogs of November: Day 10

I almost forgot to post again. Sorry about that. I was too busy caught up on tweeting about Gogglebox while at the same time talking about old British comics with someone I follow on there. We agreed that the comics of the 80s and 90s were better than the ones we have now. Today’s seem more bothered about plastering as many free gifts as they can on the cover and plugging products than any real stories. When I was reading the likes of Beano and Whizzer and Chips, we had Swizzels sweets attached to the cover, which we carefully had to cut off so as not to ruin the comic strip on the front and/or inside covers. Sometimes I wish I could find the comics that I grew up with so I could show my nephew what my sister and I used to read when we were growing up. I wish I knew where my Desperate Dan and Dennis The Menace Fan Club badges were. I even wish I could find my old, played to death VHS of the Beano Video so I could the kids how Dennis and Gnasher should look, not the soulless, CGI mess that they are now appearing as in the cartoon that’s just started on kids TV.

And after that rant, I want to find the stash of old Beano and Dandy mini comic books we used to have and eat Fizzers. I have little chance of finding any of them right now.

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2 thoughts on “30 Blogs of November: Day 10

  1. It is the plugging products on modern comics that irks me. No, they aren’t published with me in mind, but I wish I could buy my nieces/nephews something with more substance.

    If there’s a new PS4 game out or a World Cup tournament on, you can bet modern British comics will plug such things ad nauseum, throw a Haribo pack and a water pistol on the front, wrap it up in plastic – and then maybe, as an afterthought, give us a comic strip or two.

    I noticed the same with annuals when I was in Waterstones recently. As a kid, annuals had a mixture of text stories and strips – with features thrown in (a Hulk annual I had as a kid featured a two-page article on gamma radiation). I browsed the annuals recently – and the interiors were filled with crosswords, wordsearches, pin-ups, an occasional story and not much else.

    Society dumbing down? Short attention span? I don’t know, but definitely lacking something.

    • I don’t mind a few puzzles to be honest. The Beano annuals I had as a kid had a couple of pages of wordsearches and spot the difference puzzles. It seems pointless putting posters or anything like that in them as you wouldn’t want to ruin your annual (I wouldn’t anyway).

      Ta for inspiring this post, by the way!

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