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Friday, June 03, 2016


Hard to believe now but decades ago free gifts were a rarity with The Beano and The Dandy. After 1940 the next free gift didn't appear in The Beano until 1960! There's the ad for it above (from The Dandy No.987, Oct.22nd 1960); "The Flying Snorter Balloon".

There's a discussion about 1960s D.C. Thomson free gifts currently taking place over on the Comics UK forum, with Kashgar (Ray Moore) supplying some well researched historical information:

Six years ago on this blog I featured a series about comic free gifts, showing many of them that I'd saved over the years. All are photographed or scanned from my personal collection. If you haven't seen them (or need a reminder) these links should keep you occupied this weekend...

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