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It's been 40 years tomorrow since Fantastic No.1 hit the stands. Anyone else out there still have their free pennant? (And did anyone actually fly it from their bike? Not having a bike myself I pinned my pennant to my wall.)

[IMG:340:273]http://i15.tinypic.com/2uzfeig.jpg[/img]

I'll be running an item on Fantastic over on my blog. A scan of an old Daily Mirror ad for the comic is up there already:

http://tinyurl.com/2c5tuq

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The trade press advert for the launch of 'Fantastic' also features in part three of 'Yesterday's News Today' at the GACCH website:

http://www.technodelic.pwp.blueyonder.c ... oday03.htm

It's scary how long ago that was! :shock:

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Shaqui wrote:The trade press advert for the launch of 'Fantastic' also features in part three of 'Yesterday's News Today' at the GACCH website:

http://www.technodelic.pwp.blueyonder.c ... oday03.htm

It's scary how long ago that was! :shock:

I'd forgotten you had that on your site! Interestingly Solo is also 40 years old this coming week! Must dig out a copy to do an item on it.

That trade ad is slightly incorrect by the way: Fantastic was launched on Feb 11th 1967, not Feb 13th. Definitely a Saturday not a Monday. Pedantic I know. ;-)

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Lew Stringer wrote:Interestingly Solo is also 40 years old this coming week! Must dig out a copy to do an item on it.
No, seriously... don't.

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Shaqui wrote:
Lew Stringer wrote:Interestingly Solo is also 40 years old this coming week! Must dig out a copy to do an item on it.
No, seriously... don't.

:wink:

LOL! Yes it was pretty poor wasn't it? I think I had one issue and threw it away as soon as I'd read it. I've bought a couple since, just for my collection, but it's easy to see why it failed.

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Seriously. Lew - DO it! You've aroused my curiosity, and if nothing else I want to see why it was so bad.

Your scan of the cover of the first 'FANTASTIC' brought more great memories flooding back I'd forgotten all about it, but I now vividly recall copying those poses of Thor and the original Iron Man along with the Avengers' faces into a sketch pad. Like you, I would have been 8 years old, and nuts about superheroes.

But I don't recall 'Solo' at all, so please do remind me. Shaqui can look away.
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Steve Bright wrote: But I don't recall 'Solo' at all, so please do remind me. Shaqui can look away.

I'll have a root around. In the meantime the cover of the first issue of Solo is in the gallery section of this (Comic UK) website. It was an odd mixture of contents: Bilko, Man from UNCLE, and... Mary Poppins?!?

:lol:

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I remember solo lew.I used to see mick angelo i think it was his comic i think he used photos that were coloured over. mind you its been so long ago now
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[img:382:500]http://www.comicsuk.co.uk/images/covers500/Solo_10.jpg[/img]

what a bleak creepy cover for a fun comic with the scarecrow....... :shock:

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that was patrick mcgoohan i think great comic. :wink:

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Good grief! How could I forget that?.... :shock:
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It was meant to be a City Magazines/Disney co-venture, hence the high degree of Disney material (reprints) initially. When sales failed, it was revamped to a more adventure orientated comic, ditching a lot of the Disney fare and introducing 'Mark of the Mysterons', 'Project SWORD' and 'Tomorrow West'.

It didn't fare any better, and was incorporated into 'TV Tornado' after issue 31.

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Steve Bright wrote:But I don't recall 'Solo' at all, so please do remind me. Shaqui can look away.
Too late... nobody knows the terror I've seen! :wink:

But you can catch up on the latter edition ventures here:

http://www.technodelic.pwp.blueyonder.c ... terons.htm

http://www.technodelic.pwp.blueyonder.c ... WORD01.htm

Whilst we're on the subject, does anyone know who that really crap artist on 'Project SWORD' is?

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And if anybody's interested, here's the cover to the final - equally lacklustre - edition (even Don Harley's Mysterons strip seemed to have been drawn in his sleep!).

[img:581:800]http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q123 ... 5/Solo.jpg[/img]
Solo: so good they named it once!!! :?

...As a matter of interest, can anybody put names to those faces? (I'm pretty sure I've seen the guy on the bottom right in some editorial capacity before!)

- Phil Rushton :)

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philcom55 wrote: ...As a matter of interest, can anybody put names to those faces? (I'm pretty sure I've seen the guy on the bottom right in some editorial capacity before!)

- Phil Rushton :)
Can't help you there, Phil, but is it too late for 'P.Toss, Diver' to sue d'you think?
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