The Best of the Victor: The Top Boys' Paper for War, Sport and Adventure! Hardcover – 4 Oct 2010
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About the Author
Morris Heggie has worked at iconic British comics publisher DC Thomson in Dundee for nearly 40 years. He began as trainee subeditor on The Rover in an office next door but one to The Victor's editorial team, and kept a close eye on the way they paid attention to historical details. Morris has spent the latter part of his career working on The Beano and The Dandy, but his in-house knowledge of The Victor's heritage and back-issue archive is second to none.
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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.
Probably one of my biggest childhood upsets was when my mum GAVE away my huge pile of Victors at least three or four years worth during a spring clean when i was at school!.
Would have been great to have read "Killer Kennedy" [my favourite] and a story about two guys [can't remember the name] stuck behind Jap enemy lines who did their best to disrupt and harass the Nips.
But overall 5 out of 5 for the memory return.
Some classic stories extolling old values - Gorgeus Gus cleaning up football standards by buying a dirty player and then making him sweep litter off the terraces
Morgyn the Mighty- saving animals by killing off his human opposition, albeit they were trying to hunt him down as well.
Alf Tupper beating off the athletic opposition by running after consuming a bellyfull of fish and chips! But he did not cheat- he run 'em
A great coffe table read. Congratulations to the editorial team who put this together.
Amazon offered bargain prices, a considerable saving on the original cover price.
An ideal gift for sad cases like me who collected all the Victor Annuals!
My only criticism would be that they could have included some more stories ie the Dragon Flag etc as they have included about 5 separate Braddock and Morgan stories but apart from that it is a great read and highly recommended......you can just feel those lazy summer holidays of the 60's returning as you read through the pages ! More of this and I will pine for the Robinson Crusoe series of the 60's as well !!!!
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