Joe stands and solemnly faces a group of somber, yet seemingly supportive, individuals.
“My name is Joe Torcivia… and I… and I… I…
…Oh, I’ll say it… I CUT UP A COMIC BOOK!”
The Group responds as one: “Hi, Joe!”
The Group Leader speaks in soft, warm, and trusting tones: “It’s okay, Joe… We’ve all been through it. I cut up MY first comic book back in 1957! In fact, you’ve even done a Blog post about it RIGHT HERE!”
Now awash with calm, Joe thanks the Group Leader, Mr. Wallace Cleaver, and finds he has the courage to tell his own story.
The year was 1975. The comic book was WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES # 424…
And the OFFER was not to be believed! (Click to enlarge on all comic images!)
Just LOOK at this stuff!
Could you imagine what it would have been like, in those dark days of 1975, to have stuff like this?
And all I had to do was cut ONE TINY LITTLE COUPON!
It’s only ONE! I can do this… Look at what I could HAVE!
Oh-oh! But, there’s a NEW Paul Murry Mickey Mouse story page on the reverse side! Oh, wait... It's 1975! Who the heck is Paul Murry?!
(The cut is made!)
DAMN! Why can’t they run ANOTHER AD on the back of an ad you have to cut! That way no comics content is lost.
But, eventually, I summoned up the courage and did it… and I was GLAD!
|Notice Paul Murry's (who?) Mickey and Goofy peeking through the gaping hole.|
Consider that this was my first exposure to ALL these stories, save “Ghost of the Grotto”, which I’d had seen reprinted in a “BEST OF UNCLE SCROOGE AND DONALD DUCK” Gold Key Giant comic.
It was, if I’m not mistaken, the first time Carl Barks was credited in any comic from the publisher for whom he worked since the early 1940s.
And it was the first time I’d EVER seen the name of Floyd Gottfredson anywhere!
It’s hard to believe these days, having gone through such Disney comic book publishers as Gladstone Series One, Disney Comics, Gladstone Series Two, Gemstone, and Boom! Studios, but this stuff was rarer than silver-plated platinum with solid gold filling! ...Or, a Disney comic book in 2014 – take your pick!
I still treasure those four books today – and still have the WDC&S # 424, with the coupon missing…
Sometimes, it just comes out “win/win”! Though, of late, I wonder how it turned out for poor, brave Wally! …I sure hope he didn’t get “hollered-at”!
|Here's to comic-cutting Wally Cleaver! I salute your courage!|
|Don't give in to temptation, Wally! Be strong!|