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Wednesday, 19 November 2008


It's that time of year again when the Annuals are hitting the book shops.

So what does the Tainted Archive do?

Simple we look at an annual that was on sale in 1958 and based around the legendary John Wayne.

The book was published by World Distributors of Manchester England. I'm not sure if it contains material created especially for the British market or if it is reprints of American material? Was there a John Wayne annual in the States? Was there a comic book for that matter?
There are eight stories, six of them containing John Wayne as a character.

"John Wayne turned up the collar of his coat against an icy wind off the Thames as he and Superintendent Boyd Turned into Whitehall." -From John Wayne at Scotland Yard

Isn't that just wonderful.

I got this book of Ebay and only ended up paying £5 which I thought was a bargain. It makes for a curious addition to the archive.

I can't help feeling that Children were so much luckier in years gone bye. OK - they didn't have Playstations or Ipods or mobile phones. They didn't have the internet to help with their homework, nor did they have 24 hour television. But what they did have was rickets, small-pox and lovely books like these.


Ray said...

Er - not in 1958. We had vaccinations against smallpox and polio while rickets was a thing of the past in the UK.
As for the rest - yes, life was pretty good. We may not have had Indiana Jones but we played the games just the same only we used our imaginations - says a feller who's just completed Tomb Raider on the Playstation.


RAY -Yeah I know but it was a good line so allow me artistic licence with infections.