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The Trip: Day Two

What a contrast in weather! Yesterday we were driving through extreme heat and duststorms, today we left Ballarat with freezing cold and heavy rain. Go figure. Again, due to the weather we didn't manage to get any photos. Bugger!

Had a good run into Melbourne itself - just over an hour due to the traffic and we went straight to Camberwell to go shopping. Got a few books but not much else. Headed back to the hotel, chilled for an hour and then back to Camberwell where we caught up with Kevin Patrick for a four hour coffee session in which we covered pretty much every topic under the sun, from our adventures in TV land to scurrilous gossip about people we know (and don't) and assorted comic book related material. Loads of fun. Checked my email and found a lovely message from Dewey Cassell about the Andru & Esposito book, giving me a lot of praise. That stuff makes my day.

Back at the hotel now and ready to flake out. Thankfully daylight savings ends today so we get a…

The Trip: Day One

Yeesh! What the hell was that? When we left Adelaide at 9am we were expecting a wet, cold trip as the forcast was for rain all the way. Instead we hit a duststorm at Nhill and stayed firmly within it's grasp until we left Arat around 250 kilometers away. The heat was oppressive (nearly 40 degrees) and both of us are exhausted from the sheer effort that we've had to do to reach this far.

The good news is that we made excellent time as we decided not to stop for a look about as we were planning to. We stopped for fuel and to change over to share the driving (generally we each do about 200ks each and then swap over) and that was it. So we got to Ballarat at about 3:30pm Adelaide time, a trip of about six and a half hours. That's damn good running. So now we're settled in the hotel room, chilled out and watching the World Cup on the PayTV. All's good. The car ran smoothly, again, as expected, and I have all the faith in the world that we'll reach Melbourne tomorrow …

Leave It Out

Well we're almost ready for our semi-regular road trip - this time it's our bi-annual Melbourne run. So far the idea is to leave Friday morning, drive over and just shop and take it easy, kick back and recharge. The only commitment we have is to go to the Camberwell Fair on the Sunday where we'll have several boxes of comics - three long boxes of cheap stuff, a magazine box filled to the gills with magazines, books and more, plus boxes of great Marvel & DC mainstream titles (think X-Men and Silver Age DC) for about $5 per issue, five boxes of trade paperbacks and graphic novels for cover price or less and much, much more. This should be a good fair.

I'm taking the laptop over with us so I'll have my email up and running, and I'll try and post a daily report when we stop in the evenings, depending on how shagged out we are. Plus I'm quite looking forward to Saturday when I'll be catching up with several pals and shopping the Camberwell district -…

More Newtons: Captain America

We're now nearing the end of the run for the Newton Comics line. After this entry there should be only be about another two, three at the most, as the bulk, if not all, of the line will be fully documented.

Captain America was launched right at the end of the first run of the Newton line, in December 1975. The book was immediately canceled, as were other titles, but unlike some it was relaunched and continued on until it's second, and final, cancellation. As these titles were released while the company was in a state of flux and transition they're amongst the hardest to find with the first issue being the most common. Previously to the title being launched the following Captain America stories had appeared in Newton books:
'Them' (Tales Of Suspense #78) in Giant Team-Up Annual #1
'The Hero That Was' (Captain America #109) in Hulk #1
'No Longer Alone' (Captain America #111) in Hulk #3 (a story that featured The Hulk)
'When Wakes The Sleeper' (Capt…

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