09 Dec 2007 • 1,840 views
it's 1972. We're in my bedroom in north London. I'm 12 years old.
Dig those paisley pyjamas with a martial arts trim.
My mum and stepdad had redecorated that room for me as a surprise. They painted all the furniture orange and white gloss.
It looks like I'm organising my comic collection. It was made up entirely out of DC comics, around the time that Jack Kirby had moved over to them. He was a favourite. I can see there the covers of his "Mister Miracle", "Forever People" and "New Gods", plus his "Superman's pal Jimmy Olsen" will be there somewhere. It's also when Berni Wrightson was doing the original "Swamp Thing", and it was a time when kryptonite had been eradicated, but Superman's powers were being drained by a mysterious shadow version of himself.
For some reason I never read Marvel as a kid. I didn't begin reading Marvel till 1980, when I was sucked in by Chris Claremont's exquisitely soapy Xmen.
I first got a taste for DC superheroe comics around 1970, I can remember the newsagent where I first bought them. Then, at the start of 1972, my mum married her third husband and he managed a second hand book and magazine shop in the West End. It was in Shaftesbury avenue, very near the Shaftesbury theatre (I remember my mum and stepdad getting complimentary tickets to see "Hair"). Can't remember the shop's name right now. There was a chain of them around town.
It's a school holiday, otherwise I wouldn't have been at home. I was in my 1st year of military boarding school then, the Duke Of York's Royal Military School in Dover (1971-1976). (http://www.dyrms.net/sonsofthebrave.php
) They had a ban on comics, especially american comics if I remember correctly. Therefore coming home for the holidays was made extra pleasurable when my new step-dad would greet me with a huge stack of comics.
I sold that collection in about 1978. It bought me my first analog synth, a Yamaha cs30 (I think). A massive great big thing, it must have been nearly 2 metres long. It had a built in sequencer.
here's a glimpse of the toilet wall in my current home..... http://russellhiggs.shutterchance.com/photoblog/saturday_18112006/
and if you like comics, here's a couple of comic blogs... http://www.the-isb.com/http://againwiththecomics.blogspot.com/
on the HEADPHONES..... Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980)
"The Medium is the Massage" mp3 http://www.ubu.com/sound/mcluhan.html