In response to the Wayback Machine item (Sept. 6) on comics: In 1939-40 I was 7 and 8, the perfect age to buy comic books, especially since there was no TV or other “distractions.” I started my collection with the first Superman Action Comics in 1939 and went on from there with Superman, Batman Robin and others.
I must have accumulated at least 100 comic books from 1939 to 1955. Then, sadly, they were gone.
Although I was born and raised at the Presidio Wall on Pacific Avenue between Laurel and Locust, we had a summer home at Clear Lake, where we kept all Dad’s old Time and Life magazines, along with my comic book collection and those of my two younger brothers.
When Dad died in 1959 at the age of 55, my late brother Clay thought he was doing Mom a favor by throwing out the old magazines, including my original Superman and original Batman and Robin, et al.
When the prices of such comics escalated to $100,000-plus as the years went by, I could have put my three children through an expensive college three times over, if they had been saved.
But life goes on, in spite of “if I hadda, I coulda.”
Rick Bradley, Lincoln, Placer County
Radio Waves column
is mandatory reading
Ben Fong-Torres and his Radio Waves column are sure well-read in the industry. Even before his Aug. 30 column about me and the state of radio was printed in the Pink section, I was getting calls, Pinged, “liked” and shared by a gang of folks linking to the article as it came out on SFGate.com.
Ben’s coverage is wonderful and a must-read for the radio industry and for listeners as well. Thanks for letting me wave the flag for radio and quality content providers. We’re lucky to have Ben to report on today’s broadcast issues.
Gary Fiset, San Francisco
Thanks for including
Luann among comics
I love Luann (Chronicle daily comics pages). Greg Evans continually surprises and delights with his sweet humor. Thank you.
Ruth Bossieux, Berkeley