Buster turned 30 in 1990, and since the comic was still around back then, a special 30th anniversary issue was launched to celebrate the occasion! Not every character got into the feel of things, but those that did had great strips! However, on the front cover the only thing advertising the special number was the advert on the left of the strip. Buster himself has a street party, and all the characters from his own strip turn up, but Mr. Crabbe is having none of it!
Lew Stringer drew an excellent Tom Thug strip, which starred many of the characters from Buster over the years, including Gums (originally drawn by Robert Nixon), Hedley Deadley (originally drawn by Martin Baxendale) and Faceache (drawn by Ken Reid)!
Specky Hector's Totally Crucial History of Buster Comic very briefly summed up 30 years of the "world's greatest comic". A detailed summary would never fit into just one issue! This page was also reprinted in the final issue of Buster.
The centre pages were taken up by a quiz, one for the modern day reader, and one for a reader of the past (your parents), to see how much has changed in 30 years!
Chalky's strip was a made up history of comics, dating back, of course, to the stoneage - when all comics were carved into extremely thick slabs of stone.
The Winners were entering a cake competition, and make a Buster comic cake. Wheras it looked great, it didn't taste the same...! In the final box, Pa Winner says "Great! Now we've got 30 years to practise for the next one! Heh, Heh!".... oh, if only!
The final strip to celebrate the big event was Terry Bave's Double Trouble, who, for once, agreed with eachother and organised a giant party with all of the Buster characters!