Here we present a gallery of some of the magazine's finest early covers, in honour of the ZX Spectrum Vega project getting into some difficulty...
As if the cover image of two nondescript children carrying some gold foil and a ZX81 wasn't sufficiently thrilling, this issue also promises "Searle's thoughts on the future", a feature on the limitation of imports, and the announcement of who won the cricket competition!!!!
Who did win? Perhaps it was Searle himself!
They have nicknames like Brains, Wingnut, Polecat and Searle, and known collectively as The Good Buddies Club.
The boy on the left, in the blue shirt? He just wants to be a lamprey.
"Lamprey, stop sucking the train windows!"
<SUCK SUCK SUCK>
The one with the curly hair and glasses appears to be a "Friend of Searle"....
Look! According to this cover, "Spectrum" has joined The Good Buddies Club! Spectrum was always our favourite character, especially in that episode where she foiled the dognappers by poisoning all the local neighbourhood dogs.
Indeed, the fellow on the cover already appears to be wearing some sort of special bondage harness and stirrups in preparation. And he's even brandishing a cloth, to wipe up Searle's dirty drips.
From the cheery "user of the month" demanding to know who dares claim that Sinclairs are child's play, to the promised investigation into Sinclair distribution. What a jamboree! But wait... where is Searle!??