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The The Crunch joined with Hotspur on 2nd February 1980 in issue 1059. Starhawk had made his debut the week before. 

In the Bibliography you can see The The Crunch #1 with the free gift of the "Black Band with Super The Crunch Stickers".

Crunch - bibliography

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I read The The Crunch as a young fellah and was enthralled with the exciting stories which led me onto more bloodthirsty war comics before I discovered my sensitive side and read about flowers and love.

Rereading them now I must admit to being a bit disappointed with the stories from an excitement point of view but they are fascinating to read and a couple of them still have some potential. It's amusing to read stories such as Clancy and the Man, a black cop white cop story featuring Manfred Adams and Joe Clancy (no prizes for guessing which one is the "Negro"). When Manfred is kicked in the face he's tasting some "sole music", when he's kicked into a muddy puddle it's to make him darker and so on. Very enlightened but interesting to read.

That's not to say the comic is racist as the letters page is keen to point out. One reader wrote in to say that he had befriended a West Indian boy, Floyd Gibbons and that his friends had disowned him for doing so. Andy, the helpful and wise letters editor, reassured Peter L from Sheffield by saying that the other boys were jealous of his new friend and that the colour of Floyds skin had nothing to do with it.

The letters page is actually my favourite bit. I can't believe that any of the letters are genuine which raises the issue of what happened to all the "super calculators" and two pound postal orders which were offered as prizes for the best ones. The letters just don't sound like they were written by children, they refer to their school friends as "chaps" and "pals", the stories as "super" and "smashing" and ask the most ridiculous leading questions.

The reason I like them so much though is because of the advice issued by "Andy" who is no doubt currently living the high life in the south of France working out his accumulated wealth with his Sinclair Cambridge Universal Calculator. He always takes the side of the parents or the schoolteacher and attempts to quash any independent thinking. For example, Neil J from Swansea wrote in to complain about his "unfair" parents forcing him to practice the piano for half and hour every night when his "pals" are out playing football. Andy replied "I think it is YOU who's being unfair, Neil. Surely half an hour isn't all that long - you can always play after your practice". A.M. from Country Antrim is given similarly short shrift when he complains about his sister who is a student teacher giving him extra tuition. "Each weekend she leaves rotten Maths and English homework for me to do. Then the next weekend she marks it and, boy, is she cross when I get things wrong! It's terrible!" Andy looses his normally cool exterior and replies, "For goodness sake, don't think she is doing it for spite. Remember she is sacrificing her spare time to help you so don't feel so ungrateful."

Cheeky - Character

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Quality stuff which has no doubt helped a whole generation of young men to grow up as well balanced and caring individuals. If anyone did write into The The Crunch or indeed if Andy is out there living under a false name then please write in and tell us all about it. - chris@26pigs.com

This was pushed as D C Thompson's alternative to 2000AD, with Manhunter, an Indian bounty hunter who would get his man, albeit with rules being bent aplenty. A very strong variance from the usual fare from Dundee.

The other story that I remember strongly was a take on Judge Dredd's Cursed Earth Trek where the remains of the Eastern Seaboard was transporting a vaccine to the Western Seaboard and facing perils aplenty on the way. I cannot remember the story title, but the artwork kept me buying for the whole 52 episodes

The other story that I remember is that of a secret service that was more 'black than black ops' regarding the assasination of a US President and the USSS agent that tried to discover the perpetrator of this act.

As an addendum, you do realise that Ian Kennedy who started off working for DCT went on to do great work for the early 2000AD is now back doing ad-hoc work for DCT. Ckeck out the inside cover plates of the latest Commandos. And that John Wagner and Alan Grant, the men who got 2000AD off the ground began their careers working for DCT in '69 writing for the girls comics! Colin - Colin Noble

Hi all, I run a starhawk tribute site showing many of the strips and not just from The Crunch!
http://starhawkcrunch.tripod.com - Billy O'Brien

If you have any other information on The The Crunch please drop us a line. Drop us a line.

   
 

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