secondly, Pow! itself merged with SMASH! only eight months later. So,
both weekly titles had been extinct for around five years when the
Annual for 1974 made its debut in newsagents in '73.
demise. There were Wham! Annuals for '69-'72, although the contents of
the last one bore no relation to the weekly it represented, and Pow!, too,
had Annuals for the years '69-'72, the last two again failing to include any
content recognisable to former readers of the weekly. As the '71 Annual
still bore the name of ODHAMS as publisher, the absence of
familiar strips was even more of a mystery.
the tweaking of the masthead design seems odd under the circumstances -
especially as the previous combined book for 1973 sported the
original logos, but no familiar content.
perhaps received complaints from buyers of some of the previous Annuals
who'd been disappointed by the absence of their once-favourite strips?
It makes sense, in that former readers who bought the books would
that this was going to be the 'last gasp' for Wham! and Pow! and they
wanted to draw things to a close as they'd began - with strips that
actually represented the two comics at their finest.