…because it’s the first issue he drew for.
Unfortunately, the cover was a little torn from where the free pack of Fruit Pastilles had been removed by the previous owner (it was actually a better quality overall than my original copy of the issue).
Nigel noticed this and commented. I said it’s amazing how we can’t invent sellotape that doesn’t ruin the covers. He said he always used to cut his free gifts off before telling me how he finds it sad that nowadays cover artists have to design around where the free gift will be stuck.
It was only as I was driving home some six-or-so hours later I realised Nigel having to cut the free gifts off meant Nigel Dobbyn, Knuckles’ artist and the second most popular artist in STC history, had to buy his own issues of the comic he worked on!
You’d have thought they’d have given them to the staff, wouldn’t you? But, then again, I suppose you don’t make money by giving things away for free.
Unless it’s a pack of Fruit Pastilles.