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Author Topic: Those "Boy's Own" type comics from the 40's & 50's  (Read 4418 times)

timns

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Those "Boy's Own" type comics from the 40's & 50's
« on: April 01, 2012, 12:22:30 PM »
Anyone remember them? Always written in a slightly breathless, "gosh, cor, super!" tone.

Fun Facts from an edition of the time:

"Space researchers in the United States (a large country on the other side of our Atlantic Ocean) believe they may one day be able to visit the Moon! One scientist at NASA (the National Association of Space Americans) told us, “we fully believe we can get a man safely to the moon; maybe back too. The moon is an incredibly inhospitable environment. Our boys will probably have to wear specially designed protective clothing to protect them in the cold, thin air.”

We expect this includes sweaters knitted in a special air-tight pattern, and hats with extra insulation to keep out the solar wind.
   
The moon is actually quite large, appearing small to us here on Earth simply because it is so far away; possibly as far as 150 miles or more.

In fact the moon may be several miles across. Meteorites have been striking its surface for hundreds of years, giving the moon its distinctive appearance, and if they ever manage to land there, astronautical personnel expect to have to dig several inches into the debris to reach the actual surface of the moon and obtain samples of the various types of cheese."


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Re: Those "Boy's Own" type comics from the 40's & 50's
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2012, 12:48:32 PM »
Anyone remember them?
I'm not going to incriminate myself  ;D

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Re: Those "Boy's Own" type comics from the 40's & 50's
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2012, 12:50:53 PM »
Not sure what the average age is here on DC, but I bet I'm skewing it  :-[

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Re: Those "Boy's Own" type comics from the 40's & 50's
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2012, 07:12:03 PM »
Not quite the same, but I was really happy with Boy's Life.

And, unlike sir cranio, I'm not bashful about dating myself  :P :P :P.

Oh, yeah, also was an avid reader of the subject mags whenever I got the chance  :Thmbsup:.

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Re: Those "Boy's Own" type comics from the 40's & 50's
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2012, 08:28:25 PM »
unlike sir cranio, I'm not bashful about dating myself
I don't give a fig!

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Re: Those "Boy's Own" type comics from the 40's & 50's
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2012, 08:54:10 PM »
Hey, leave vegetation out of this  :P.  Wrong slant.  'Sides, I follow myself beautifully on the dance floor  :D.

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Re: Those "Boy's Own" type comics from the 40's & 50's
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2012, 09:08:44 PM »
My favorite part of the excerpt...

“we fully believe we can get a man safely to the moon; maybe back too."

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Re: Those "Boy's Own" type comics from the 40's & 50's
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2012, 09:15:44 PM »
I used to read "Highlights" as a kid... Sounds like some of the tone was similar.

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Re: Those "Boy's Own" type comics from the 40's & 50's
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2012, 06:20:16 AM »
I'm not that old, but I can remember "2001 AD." It might be interesting to have a look at some issues of that again.   :D

Also, I can recall back in the '70s reading a 'WWII fighter ace' story (Matt Braddock?) full of esoteric details about French fighter planes and the like, and when one character mentioned Hitler in passing, it stopped to explain that "Adolf Hitler was the German leader!"
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Re: Those "Boy's Own" type comics from the 40's & 50's
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2012, 09:09:33 AM »
I'm not that old, but I can remember "2001 AD." It might be interesting to have a look at some issues of that again.

When you do, please let us know exactly when our flying cars are supposed to show up!  ;D

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Re: Those "Boy's Own" type comics from the 40's & 50's
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2012, 09:52:23 AM »
I used to read "Highlights" as a kid... Sounds like some of the tone was similar.

Many decades (!!) ago I used to be able to play the Highlights arrangement of Sheherazad on the piano.

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Re: Those "Boy's Own" type comics from the 40's & 50's
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2012, 01:10:43 PM »
See this is an example of a thread where it's a lot of fun to go off-topic. :P

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Re: Those "Boy's Own" type comics from the 40's & 50's
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2012, 01:43:56 PM »
this is an example of a thread where it's a lot of fun to go off-topic
What a load of old Biggles!

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Re: Those "Boy's Own" type comics from the 40's & 50's
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2012, 04:10:36 PM »
Ah, The Eagle, The Lion, Hotspur, et al...

« Last Edit: April 02, 2012, 04:53:13 PM by rjbull, Reason: added link »

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Re: Those "Boy's Own" type comics from the 40's & 50's
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2012, 06:00:17 PM »

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Re: Those "Boy's Own" type comics from the 40's & 50's
« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2012, 07:34:12 PM »
I used to love the Eagle! Dan Dare! And the evil Mekon. I bet they'll re-make that, sometime.

And to keep us on-topic:

"Health researchers from several tobacco companies have solved the problem experienced by many sportsmen, that of the tobacco falling out of their pipes during sporting events. With this remarkable invention the tobacco is encased in a tightly rolled cardboard or paper tube which can be lit at one end whilst the other end is gripped firmly in the mouth. Favorable reports from footballers and cross-country runners show that they can keep their lungs filled with refreshing tobacco smoke even during the most strenuous activity.

Since they are lighter to hold and easier to light than a pipe, these new products, tentatively called “cigarettes,” are ideal for Junior too. Several schools are running trials where the free milk for kids program is enhanced by the addition of a midday cigarette break."

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Re: Those "Boy's Own" type comics from the 40's & 50's
« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2012, 09:56:04 PM »
Several schools are running trials where the free milk for kids program is enhanced by the addition of a midday cigarette break."
Soon there'll be fags at Eaton!

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Re: Those "Boy's Own" type comics from the 40's & 50's
« Reply #17 on: April 03, 2012, 05:36:44 AM »
I was never a big comic fan growing up, but a friend of mine used get The Victor in the 70's so I read a bit of that (all I can remember now are the dramatic war stories, very propaganda-ish in retrospect).
and of course -veering off-topic I guess :p - The Beano
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Dennis the Menace (no, not the US one!) http://www.beano.com...no/dennis-the-menace
and Gnasher http://www.beano.com...27s-tale?decade=1970
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Re: Those "Boy's Own" type comics from the 40's & 50's
« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2012, 03:38:00 PM »
The Beano
I used to like Desperate Dan and his bath-sized cow pie, with two pairs of horns sticking out of the crust at one side and two tails at the other  :)