Which comic was better-The Victor or the Bunty?
You might think that an answer should be based on one's gender, but I loved them both. I loved comics in general-the Hornet; the Hotspur; the Valiant, but also girls’ comics too which we got regularly from the Blades family who lived two floors up from us. With six sisters they used to pass down to me copies of the Bunty, Judy, Diane and Jackie. Because there might be up to six weeks in between it was great to get a whole run on a good story.
|My Four Marys badge. Cool badge, eh?|
The art work was superb and the stories were excellent. In addition to the 'Four Marys'-always good, there was usually a story line about a girl from a poor background or from a gypsy family-invariably she was a good sprinter and had to overcome obstacles to win the county championships-county championships-gosh what were they? They sounded exciting.
The Blades sometimes gave me some Classics Illustrated; I also recall some Gold Key comics too. The Blades also passed comics on to the Hanlons'. These were very thoughtful gestures.
I supplemented these comics with those which I bought myself and also paid very regular visits to Bobbies Bookshop at Dalry Road, to buy DC Comics-Green Lantern; The Flash; Batman; Superman; Green Arrow.
The stories in the British weeklies were absolutely first class-and characters such as The Tough of the Track-Alf Tupper and Wilson the Wonder Athlete from the Hornet and the Victor were to inspire me for years into the future.
In future I will do a number of blogs on the comics of the 1960s, but I'd like to hear first from followers of The Stair, what your memories are.
And so which one was better? On balance, it might have been the Bunty-but then the girls might disagree! But now that I think about it, I guess it was actually the Hornet-see below a 1964 edition which features The Hoffster's logo.