Sunday, February 12, 2012

TV Comic Annual 1961

This TV Comic annual was certainly good value for money when it was released back in 1960! Why? Because not only was it crammed full of great stories, but every single page is in full colour! The Beano wasn't even doing that in the 80's (the colour that is, not the stories...)!

The first story we start off with is 'Four Feather Falls', a western, based on the television show of the same name. I don't know if it has the same story as the show (although I doubt it), but basically what happens is there a wagon train heading to a small town, who are then joined by a group of Bandits who plan to steal their money when they stop. Art by Neville Main.

Lenny the Lion is a strange strip, based on Terry Hall's creation and drawn by Bill Mevin, the loveable Lion enjoys or suffers everyday adventures that ususally go wrong! Very funny and well thought.

Lochy - The Funny Wee monster is a story about a Scottish monster who gets up to pretty much anything, only it backfires each time! A brilliant story - and a similar sort of storyline to Lenny The Lion.

Mighty Moth was the strangest character in the book. A talking moth who can eat half a canoe in a number of seconds?! In one of the stories he is even considered a common moth - despite the fact he can wash himself and explain that he's just green because of some paint?! Artwork by Dick Millington.

Super Nan is my favourite strip, a good, clever idea with a funny theme! The sort of thing you would expect to find in the fleetway titles, but sadly this is the first time I've ever seen it, and she only has two pages.

There are also a few other stories including Coco the Clown, Packi, Red Ray, The Bakers' Dozen, Mark of the Scorpion and text stories Animals only and Larry the Lamb.

And how much did this book cost me? 25p! Baragin!


Peter Gray said...

What a bargain and amazing how long Mighty Moth had gone on for..what is a very basic did they keep coming up with stories..

Nice post have to get an early Tv Comic annual myself one day you've inspired me..

George Shiers said...

I reccommend it Peter! Very colourful and funny, although aimed at a younger audience it's still a good read!

Anonymous said...

I have that annual and most of the others up to 1971. The edition you profile is special because I was taking the comic, then, too, and loved the stories. The story lines and artwork were excellent.

George Shiers said...

These comics must have been great for teaching kids to read too!