September 14, 2010
One last note about the T.V. Boardman Annuals. I understand that they originally came with paper slip-covers. Can’t say I’ve ever seen one still intact though. And also that they were pretty much available exclusively through Woolworths stores.
As these Annuals were undated there seems to be some discussion about which ones were published when. Elsewhere on the Internet this seems to be the accepted order:-
1952 AJAX ADVENTURE ANNUAL (Elephant cover)
1953 ADVENTURE ANNUAL (The Robot Empire)
1954 NEW SPACEWAYS COMIC ANNUAL (Swift Morgan)
1955 OKAY ADVENTURE ANNUAL (Saurian Expedition)
1956 OKAY ADVENTURE ANNUAL (Last stand of Major Wilson)
1957 OKAY ADVENTURE ANNUAL (Cowboy)
1958 OKAY ANNUAL OF ADVENTURE STORIES (Trooper in town)
1959 OKAY ANNUAL OF ADVENTURE STORIES (Native American)
The only slight problem I find is with the 1956 Okay Adventure Annual. It is full of very early (1940 ?) Quality Comics comic strips like Clip Chance, Rusty Ryan and Hugh Hazzard. It is probably correct that the book was available Xmas 1956 but even then it must have looked incredibly old-fashioned. It does however contain a rare text story called “Wulfric of the Fens” written by the legendary Jack Trevor Story (see elsewhere on this blog for more on this under-appreciated writer).
PS: Now I’ve had a chance to flick through the 1957/1958/1959 Annuals I find that they too dredge the bottom of the barrel with mostly early 1940s Quality Comics strips mixed amongst the UK-sourced text stories.