|Do YOU know where YOUR old comics have been?|
In every such instance, the comic book in question had an “original owner” other than yourself. Perhaps even multiple previous owners. …And, in ALMOST every such instance, those persons will remain forever unknown to us. Just as YOU will likely be completely unknown to whomever ends up with the items in YOUR collection someday!
|Note the name "EDITH" hand-written on the cover!|
And, we can assume that a primary reason that it DOES survive is a young girl named “Edith”… or one of her parents, or another member of her family. It survived the patriotic paper drives of WW II, the outrageously contrived anti-comic book fervor of the 1950s, and the general apathy toward such items that would ensue until sometime in the 1970s.
|Good thing Edith didn't "turn her back" on this "back cover"!|
If we were to assume “Edith” were an average of eight years old at the time this issue was likely purchased for her, she would be EIGHTY years old today. Hopefully, she is alive and well somewhere, but I suspect she’ll never know the joy her old issue of WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES # 11 has given me in 2013, and likely (given the book’s age) some others before me!
...And, living (as I certainly wish) or otherwise, that also makes her one of the GHOSTS that inhabit my collection!
And finally, to unnerve you completely, there are comic books in the world with MY name and childhood address, on subscription labels that still remain, unfortunately, glued to the book itself.
|And, they spelled my name WRONG, to boot. Yeah, it's my old address as a kid, but SOMEBODY lives there now, and they don't need the publicity, so the address is intentionally obscured!|