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Sunday, 1 May 2011

The Archive's Sunday Comics - One for the birds!!

Whilst the Archive is a macho domain (hey, around here we don't even wash our hands before dinner! Nor do we get out of the bath for a pee!) let it not to be said that we don't have a softer side. For although we are manly with a capital, Grrrr, we also have our poetic moments, times when we skip through the wild flowers in the meadow and gaze longingly at pictures of David Beckham in his Calvin Kleins - OK now that's going too far!

And so for this week's Sunday Comics we are featuring a strip from Girl's World Annual 1968.

Yep,  it's chic-lit week for Sunday Comics!

Remember click on any of the images to enlarge.
Back in the 1960s, a remarkable trio of sisters, Gwen, Shirley and Pat Tourret, drew strips galore for now-forgotten weeklies and annuals -- and even a daily newspaper -- between book illustration and other assignments. Their artwork for romance and girls' comics was brilliant, and it's not always easy to tell their styles apart.

We think the beautiful Tell it to Emma! was drawn by the talented Gwen Tourret and appeared in Girls' World Annual 1968, which was a sister publication to Boys' World Annual from publisher Odhams.

The boys' title was originally based around a weekly comic, like most annuals of that era. Costing many shillings, annuals appeared in the last quarter of the year previous to the one for which they were dated. They were prized as Christmas gifts from mums and dads and aunts and uncles. While buying their weekly comic papers from the newsagent or bookseller for pocket-money pennies, kids would look covetously for months at the sumptuous, glossy-covered, hardcover annuals associated with them, hoping at least one would turn up in their Christmas stocking. A feast of holiday entertainment!

Girls' World was never a weekly comic, though its content mirrored in many ways the same stable's weekly called simply Girl, which had run from 1950 to 1964 as the female counterpart to the famous Eagle.

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