Bax and Reg - a winning combination...
Managed to buy the 1969 Valiant Summer Special recently, which consists mainly of reprint material. The only strip which might be new is the Bluebottle and Basher strip by Leo Baxendale, but I couldn't guarantee it as it may well be a resized reprint - though there's no obvious signs of it. However, it's in colour, so I thought I'd share it with you here, along with a Billy Bunter 2 pager, drawn by Reg Parlett, which is also in colour. I've now got every Valiant Summer Special from 1966 to 1972*, plus the one for 1975. Next on my list is the 1973 and 1974 Specials, the first of those sharing cover billing with TV21.
Interestingly, for three years in a row, starting in 1968, there were combined Lion & Valiant Special Extras, which I don't think I ever saw at the time, so I might not bother pursuing them. In fact, the only Valiant Summer Special I specifically recall buying back in the day was the 1971 Valiant & Smash one, though I think I might also have had the 1972 Valiant & TV21 Special because the cover seems strikingly familiar.
Anyway, enough twaddle from me, as you'll be eager to read the two humour strips I mentioned earlier, so there they are below - feast your eyes. It's interesting that in the first strip, it's the copper that comes a cropper, whereas in the second, Bunter gets his just deserts (honest, that's the correct spelling, despite the pronunciation) - even though caning pupils would be considered assault nowadays. Anyway, feel free to leave a comment telling your fellow Crivvies just how much you enjoyed these comics classics.
(*Oops, I've just checked my Specials and the one for 1968 isn't among them. I was sure I'd bought it, so either I'm mistaken, or it's lying about somewhere and I haven't yet placed it in with the others. With my luck, I'll probably find it only after I've bought another copy.)