I’ve always loved comics and magazines. I remember looking forward to getting rolls of comics wrapped in brown paper from my Grandma – classic comics for girls of the 60s like Bunty, Mandy and Twinkle. I particularly loved Bunty, as it had a cut-out doll with wardrobe on the back page which I religiously snipped out each issue. My brother got Whizzer and Chips, Topper and Beezer.
It was simply the best teen comic out there. There were flirtations with Fab 208 (the magazine of Radio Luxembourg – better quality paper for glossy posters), and Smash Hits, but until I was old enough for the young adult mag Honey, Jackie was the must have.
At university, I got overtaken by science fiction and prog rock, and instead of having posters of David Bowie et al, it was more likely to be the alien landscapes and spaceships of Roger Dean that graced my walls, many of them cut out of Omni magazine, a US science and science fiction magazine that was, believe it or not, published by Penthouse! There was no smut involved, just wonderful art, some brilliant SF short stories and speculative technology of the sort that’s in Wired these days.
Once working, I turned to the women’s monthlies, Cosmo, Company and the like in my late 20s into 30s, then graduated to Marie Claire, and later even Good Housekeeping alongside a whole raft of interior design mags – Homes & Gardens House Beautiful and the ilk, my favourite being Living etc.
Alongside those, I was still interested in music and movies, and thank goodness for Q and Empire respectively which debuted in the late 1980s. I graduated, along with Q’s editors (Mark Ellen and David Hepworth), to Mojo as my musical tastes matured, and Empire I’ve never left.
But what magazines do I read now? Well, I’ve dropped all my subscriptions to the glossy monthlies and interior design mag having realised that the articles and trends just go round in circles and I’ve now seen and read them all before! I’ll still buy one or two of them for a journey or holiday, but no longer feel the need to read them every month. I do however, still read these few:
- The Word (again I jumped ship with Mark Ellen and David Hepworth) to this fab mag for grown-ups about music, films, tv, and a few books.
- I still read Empire
- The Literary Review, plus Waterstones quarterly (although this is on hold with the new ownership).
- plus an assortment of occasional literary quarterlies like The Reader and Slightly Foxed
What comics did you grow up with?
Which magazines do you read and love now?
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The Best of Jackie Magazine – The Seventies (Prion Edition)