For me growing up in the 70's Victor had passed its prime but although not an essential weekly purchase was a regular part of my childhood via the annuals and the occasional weekly purchase provided I had any spare money after purchasing Warlord, Action, 2000AD and Marvel's books. Sadly all my British stuff was binned by my Mother during a house move (at least she let me keep my Marvel books I suppose)I do have fond memories of that old British weekly though.
Over the last few years compilation books of old classic British comics have been popping up every now and again with varying levels of success. Whoever was involved in the production of this book seems to of being paying attention to what has been released so far and put right all of the problems those books had. Firstly the stories chosen truly represent the comic and are all engaging reads that not only entertain but make you realise how much times have changed the fact that "Gorgeous Gus" could put together a team of international footballers for £250,000 says it all really on that point. The pages themselves have still got the weathered look but it has thankfully been toned right down for this book and the comic strips themselves are crisp and well transferred. The paper stock used is modern but still manages to have the right feel to it and as a great little bonus you even get a free paper banger glued to the inside cover of the book.
All in all this is an essential purchase for anyone that wants to dabble in a bit of comic based nostalgia. I would love to see Warlord, Action, Tiger and maybe even a few of the even older books like Lion get the same treatment.