Robin Annual 1973 – A Fleetway Annual, published by IPC Magazines Ltd.I believe Robin was a children’s comic in the UK.
I picked this up yesterday for £2. Published by IPC Magazines in 1969. The price is still in at 10’6. June and School Friend were girls’ comics.
Joan of Arc is the main story – told in comic-strip form and taking up 24 pages spread through the book.
There are loads of inspiring stories of female derring do, self sacrifice and adventure. Including Edith Cavell, Queen Zenobia, Anna Leonowens (she of The King and I), Grace Bussell (Australian shipwreck rescuer), Gertrude Bell, Flora MacDonald and many others.
Here’s Violette Szabo – another long comic strip.
Gladys Aylward. This is the story the film The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, starring Ingrid Bergman is based on.
This is Grace Darling.
And someone I hadn’t heard of – Louise Sutherland – who cycled around the world solo in the 1950s.
Today I picked up the 1974 Disneyland Annual in the Oxfam Bookshop in Welwyn Garden City.
Published in 1973 by IPC Magazines Ltd. Copyright © Walt Disney Productions.
It was originally 80p (About £7 in today’s money). As annuals are dated for the year to come, this would have been on sale exactly 40 years ago.
As well as short stories and comic strips based on characters from Peter Pan, Winnie the Pooh and the Aristocats, etc, the whole Disney Alice story is reproduced in comic strip over sixteen pages.
And there are the usual activities, jokes and puzzles. Even activities using washing-up liquid bottles from ‘Mummy’s’ kitchen.
Found in David’s Bookshop, Letchworth Garden City for 80p.
Catweazle was a children’s TV series that ran for two series in the early 1970s. This is a 1972 annual published by World Distributors, Manchester. As is often the way with annuals, there are no images from the TV series in the book. It’s in good nick, except that the pages are starting to come unglued. There are no on-the-page activities or colouring pages, so it’s not been defaced as many old annuals are.
The first spread is the story of how Catweazle ended up in the 20th Century. Love the heading font – so of its time.
This is a three-page feature on palmistry.
A did-you-know feature. I notice the one about pirates not walking the plank was around then. We’re still using that as a did-you-know in books we produce today – funny how it persists…
Catweazle called electricity ‘electrickery’.
Another trivia page.
If you want to know more about Catweazle there is a UK fan site here