Hosted by the kid most-likely-to-have-his-lunch-money-stolen-by-the-big-kids, ‘Brainy’, the ubiquitious ‘Letters Page’ from Load Runner, issue 9. Nice to see they reward their readers directly, paying £1 to everyone mentioned!
I really don’t know where to start with this one, it really speaks for itself. Part Jackie part Grange Hill, with the highly implausible premise that there’s a “girl” into computers. Mr. DIckerson is particularly troubling, dodgy jacket, moustache, cheap wig – yup. pretty much how I remember my teachers from the 80s…
Rebel Pupil Bev Jeavons has had her program for the school software competition wiped out by the form computer creeps. but she has chosen the wrong moment for revenge…
Following on directly from the cover, this strip appears to be called ‘Load Runner’ (must’ve taken hours to come up with that one…). Load Runner and Petra are trapped a cocoon of silk produced by a terrifying giant spider. Luckily their giant fluffy companion [Q*Bert perhaps?) comes to the rescue.
I particularly like the inset image from the 'real' computer game - it seems to be some sort of Space Panic clone.
“The Galaxy’s First Computer Comic” it proudly boasts here on the front cover. A rather difficult statement to confirm or deny, given our rather limited knowledge of anything much further than a few thousand miles from our little planet. Still Load Runner does a decent enough job of trying to make comic strips out of crappy 80s 8-bit videogame concepts. There was a hell of a lot more ‘suspension of disbelief’ required when playing games in the 80s.
Nothing dates as quickly as a vision of the future. From ‘World of Wonder’ 1972.