Would you believe that the Americans were also crazy for the Mechanic? Reading the U.S. issues, it amazes me just how much positive feedback the guy got, and how many people wanted a third appearance.
I wouldn't be surprised if Budiansky had him pencilled in for a return visit, but just got bogged down with having to introduce Powermasters, Pretenders etc. He got away with it last year by doing all the introductions in The Headmasters Comic, no such luck this time...
Stu, I think you miscounted there. This is #149, the final issue is #332. Which means that there are 183 issues left for other iconic moments (of which there are still plenty to come), not 153 as you said. :p
Ah, but I'm only worried about the next 153 issues.
Unsurprisingly the book version will try to correct all typos.
Amazingly it will create all new ones.
Enjoy London and don't forget there's more to it than the centre, he says from the land of the Olympics and the cable car.
Inferno's death might have been more dramatic if he'd had some decent usage beforehand. Here he's not much of a step up from a red shirt style TF who only showed up to die. Fortunately by the time of the later reprint he'd had enough usage to be more familiar.
Those letters with family issues make me wonder just how much of the letters page was constructed by Furman and/or an assistant. A lot of comics didn't actually get much mail and a lot of what they didn't wasn't always coherent or legible. Often the letters page would rewrite and even invent letters to fill out space and address points raised. A coherent legible letter from an older reader would often be seized on as an easy job regardless of how representatives it was.
According to one of the Transformation pages round about the time of Legacy, it's revealed that the Headmasters competition in #131 got over 14,000 entries (or something like that; my memory is rubbish).
Obviously entering a competition is a different kettle of fish to writing a letter, but it shows that a good fifth of the regular readership were willing to put pen to paper.
I would suggest that the comic got a lot of mail, and just cherry-picked those that seemed the most interesting.
I seem to recall that, shortly after the switch to part black-and-white towards the end of the run, there was a missive in Transformation asking readers to stop being so whiny and negative, and that they were more interested in hearing positive feedback.
I dunno, but if they were In the habit of fixing the letters page, why the plea to cut down on the criticism?
Smokescreen sucks donkey balls and young Ralph wanted him to die. He let Inferno burn. The bastard.
Stuart Webb. Who knows everything about nothing and not a lot about that.
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