Today, there’s not a decent one on the market; the most recent being Classics from the Comics which were mainly reprints from the 1950s and 1960s. The comics which members of The Stair enjoyed during our childhood and youth in the 1960s were brilliant-a golden age of comics.
They were so good that I was still subscribing to the Hornet; the Hotspur; and the Victor in my late teens. Late in the afternoon I recall my grandfather and I laughing away, as we jostled one another in the hall as we raced each other, having heard the thud in the front doorway which signalled that the paper boy had delivered the Hotspur on a Wednesday! Happy days!
At various other times he was a Second World War pilot flying Spitfires and also batted and bowled for
The author, WS Webb clearly knew about the sport and although the performances were incredible, they were also believable too-just within the bounds of the possible as athletes in more recent generations have shown. I also admired his lifestyle-an ascetic one which appealed to me.
He had a more robust build than the lithe
In a different way, Alf was equally inspiring too. Being working class, many readers thought Perhaps if Alf can do it, the so can I. The attraction and glamour of races in London appealed too as well as Alf's exploits in America-both indoors and outdoors.
Where Wilson and Tupper were similar was in their desire to win, but in a fair way and also in their resilience-they both had that steely determination never to give in, which is an inner quality which most middle and long distance runners have. I well recall training with similar, admirable characters in real life with that inner steel and resilience such as sub four minute miler Adrian Weatherhead and David Moorcroft the former 5,000 metres world record holder.
|Inspired by Wilson and Alf-the author (Peter Hoffmann) winning 400 metres semi-final European Championship 1975, Athens|
See below-a good Christmas present for some of us boys...hint, hint...!