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Bob Simko
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I was introduced to a lot of great stuff I never might have run across because
of those digests...loved 'em!!
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Bob Simko
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Posted: 13 September 2021 at 10:42pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Speaking of Archie, there was an Archie/Red Circle superhero digest with a
slick Neal Adams story featuring the Black Hood (when Archie relaunched their
superhero line in the 80's).
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Dave B Stewart
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Posted: 14 September 2021 at 10:35am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Oh heck, yeah!  I bought that Archie digest at little grocery store beside a mini golf course in Gatlinburg, TN!  Read it until it fell apart...


That and the first Best of DC digest with Superman 149 are burned (in the best possible way) in my memory.

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Mike Benson
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Posted: 14 September 2021 at 10:43pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

My familiarity with DC history prior to 1976 came almost exclusively from these.  Loved them.  
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Jim Muir
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Posted: 16 September 2021 at 9:20am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

On a similar note, any UK members remember the old
Marvel Pocket books?

50 pages of classic Marvel comic books reprinted in
black & white on the cheapest paper imaginable... they
were great! Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Hulk... I
bought nearly all of them, I think... Filled in my
Marvel history in no time.







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Rod Collins
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We had similar books here in Australia.  Gave me a good grounding in Silver Age Marvel books.
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Rebecca Jansen
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About those UK digests: How is it an X-Men digest is at No.15 and reprinting #9 while the Fantastic Four digest is only at No.5 but reprinting #51? And they had more than one issue reprinted inside? I'm presuming the covers are connected to what's inside...

I had the Archie No.2 digest, but not sure if I bought it at the time. It's where I first saw John Rosenberger art (on The Fly and The Jaguar), and decided he was one of the best figure artists ever in comics.

I don't remember any Marvel digests in North America, ever. They had color paperbacks on white paper with chronological issues of Spider-Man and others though.

At the other extreme was the oversized (tabloid sized) comics of the '70s, and they both had those... lots of fond memories of huge Bob Kane Batman pages (with genuinely scary villains) alongside big-foot filler strips that used to be in with the superheroes. I always wanted a big Sheldon Mayer Rudolph comic in my Christmas stocking too!
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