Sunday, February 3, 2008

Rick Phillips - 1974

sgRick Phillips The year is 1974. My Mom and Dad would on occasion drive to Cincinnati, Ohio to go shopping at the McAlpin's department store that is now called Dillards. I was thirteen years old and allowed to roam the store on my own and sometimes the downtown area since my parents knew my regular stops. This was in the days before it started being reported that children were being kidnapped in broad daylight.

Anyway on one trip I saw the Bonanza Books Superman from the 30's to the 70's and Batman from the 30's to the 70's. I believe there was one for Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel too but my memory isn't what it should be anymore. I do know those books existed but I am not sure if they were for sale at that store at that time. For some reason I didn't buy it when I was with my Mom and Dad.

Now my Mom and Dad would let me take the bus to Cincinnati. One day not long after seeing the books at McAlpin's I ask my cousin Randy to go with me on one trip. As my cousin Randy liked to read as much as I did I asked him if he wanted to go to Cincinnati with me. His Mom wasn't so sure we should but when my Mom said she would let me wander the downtown area, as back then it was safe to do so, she said it was ok.

We took the bus and arrived at the Dixie Terminal. We walked to McAlpin's and bought the books. I remember Randy buying the Batman book while I bought the Superman one. They were now on sale for $3. Sometimes it pays to wait.

We went to some of the other places I normally went to. The guy who sold newspapers and magazines on the street corner. I bought Nova #1 from him but not on this trip. There was some records shops and the Ohio Bookstore. There must be a story or two I have in me from visits to that store. We got some lunch and then caught the bus home. It was a fun day to share with Randy. We talked on the bus and even read some of the stories on the way home.

Eventually I did buy the Batman book too and even the Wonder Woman one. I don't have the Wonder Woman book anymore. I still have Superman and Batman. I hope to keep them forever as they bring back some wonderful memories.

5 comments:

CaptainJersey said...

Wow...

My favorite book of all time. Good job Rick. I love this book- it is one of my most treasured possesions. I plan on writing a story to this blog about it around Christmas, as I received it as a Christmas present. Like, you I still have it to this day.

Great memories!

George Rears

russell said...

There was also a Captain Marvel SHAZAM! edition that I still have. It had some awesome Marvel Family stories in there.

Booksteve said...

Actually, SUPERMAN was first. BATMAN was a year or so later (it's the first one I got--a Christmas present I remember taking to Rick's house to show him.) I'm almost positive there was no WONDER WOMAN volume. The SHAZAM volume was a belated entry in the early eighties.

CaptainJersey said...

I'm also pretty sure there was no WW book, but there was the Fleisher WW Encyclopedia that was published in HC at the same time...

George Rears

Rick said...

I did have a Wonder Woman hardcover book of Reprints that was published in the early 70's. It wasn't titled From the 30's to the 70's like the Superman or Batman ones. You can see a picture of it on e-bay if you click here.