Some newsagents carried comics - most didn't - and so reprints were mostly the best way to keep up with more recent stories. Of all the titles to feature reprinted material my favourite was without a doubt The Exploits of Spider-man!
Each issue of Exploits of Spider-man cost £1.99 and contained 100 pages of Spidey action, along with a poster, the odd free gift (trading cards, badges etc) and a bunch of competitions. One such competition was even run in conjunction with popular children’s TV show Rolf’s Cartoon Club, and you didn't get much better than that!
Sure these stories had already appeared on shelves a couple of years before, but for comic fans in the UK, picking up reprints during the '90s was far easier than trying to track down a comic store for the original comics.
The final issue of Exploits of Spider-man was billed as a complete Spidey epic and contained just one multi-part story. After 40 issues the comic came to an end in 1995 and although it was replaced with alternative Spidey comics it is sadly missed.