Keith Chapman, the man largely responsible for most of the Sunday Comics posts we wish you all a great Christmas and a cool new year.
The last balloon in our
Sunday comic this week reads, "Wow! This must be the most
exciting, merriest Christmas we've ever had!"
Archive readers have confirmed here before that some of the
merry-ness of Christmas holidays during their twentieth-century
childhoods was created by the sumptuous annuals produced largely
by publishers of the juvenile weekly comics. The annuals must also
have been a godsend to aunts, uncles and grandparents at a loss to
know what to buy for little Johnny's or Jenny's Christmas
stocking. The easy solution was check out which comics the
children favoured, then call in at the local newsagents or
booksellers. They were sure to be stocking the corresponding
annuals from around September onwards.
The comic publishers produced annuals specifically for the
Christmas trade and advertised and promoted them at no cost in
their own weekly papers. They were undeniable moneyspinners.
This week's complete strip, written by Keith Chapman, is an
excerpt from Girls' World Annual 1968, published in 1967. We've
discussed the topic of UK girls' comics here very recently. So all that's left to
note is that, just as male Archive followers have disclosed they
often enjoyed their sisters' comics, many of the boys at Christmas
time also sneaked secret peeks into the girls' annuals ...
especially when they could find neat little spy thrillers like Christmas