Friday, 17 February 2017

RIP-ROARING REPOST: TV COMIC'S LAST STAND...



As related in a recent post, TV COMIC ceased weekly
publication in June 1984 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 over twelve 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
friendlier fields.

  Such, as they say, is life.   

4 comments:

Phil S said...

For the life of me I can't remember the name of the moose

Kid said...

Believe it or not, PS, it was simply 'Moose'. Just checked my 1977 TV Comic Annual to find out.

John Pitt said...

I knew of the first Holiday Special, but not the second ( unless I've forgotten about it )?
Yeah, annuals is a way of keeping the titles kind of still alive. - Case in point, - The Dandy!

Kid said...

As this is a repost which you'll have read before, JP, you'll have known about the second Special and just forgot about it.

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