DC Digests

As a kid, I used to see these adverts for DC Digests in my comics and I’d get most upset that I was never going to see one. Here in the UK, only a select range of American comics were distributed to newsagents, and they were only ever regular comics. We never got Annuals, or Specials, or even double-sized issues of a series. No idea why, though I’d imagine it was to do with cover price: they probably believed that no one would pay extra for a comic, even if it was thicker than normal.

I mean look at that ad: 100 pages! Big punch! Wow, how fantastic must they be, I thought. I used to dream of one day walking into a newsagent and finding all this stuff on sale. Of course, it never happened… sniff…

Anyway, spool forward a few years. We moved to London, and suddenly I could go to something called a ‘comic shop’. Gasp! Such things were unknown in deepest, darkest Wales, let me tell you. Now I could buy double-sized issues and Annuals. Incredible! And then, one day, I saw — a Heavenly choir swells in the background — an Adventure Comics Digest. And it was…

…tiny…

What the heck?!

These things might well have been 100 pages, but they were the size of a postage stamp!

Never, in the field of comic collecting, has one man been so disappointed.