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Friday, 17 February 2017
RIP-ROARING REPOST: TV COMIC'S LAST STAND...
As related in a recent post, TV COMIC ceased weekly
publication in June1984 after an unbroken run of nearly thirty- four years. However, it made three more last-gasp appearances
before it finally vanished from U.K. newsagents. First there was an Annual for 1985 (released near the end of '84), and then a 1985 Holiday Special. This was followed a year later by a Holiday Extra, containing a mix of strips and activity pages.
It's not unheard of for Annuals to continue for years after a
weekly comic's demise, KNOCKOUT being a prime example. Knockout comic was published for only two years from 1971 to '73, but the Annual lasted from 1972 (for '73) to 1984 (for '85) - a total of thirteen books overtwelve years.
Perhaps POLYSTYLE PUBLICATIONS hoped for
the same thing with the TV Comic Annual (although it
was probably prepared before the weekly was cancelled) -
but, alas, it was not to be. There was no Annual for the
following year, or indeed, any year thereafter.
With the 1986 Special 'done and dusted', the once-
popular TV Comic had finally fallen foul to an unfriendly
fate in the face of a feckless following forsaking it for