Take a nostalgic look back at these popular titles and see which ones you remember reading from cover to cover.
If this was one of your favourites, you’ll remember the picture-stories featuring “The Four Marys”. They were Raddy, Simpy, Fieldy and Cotty, and they stuck together through 43 years of adventures, all the way from 1958 to 2001 when publication ceased.
However, according to the Spring Chicken Community, the most popular feature of Bunty was the cut-out doll and clothes on the back page:
I remember cutting the dress-up doll from the back page and dressing her in her paper clothes. They were simple and good days.
“Bunty was my favourite comic. I loved the cut-outs on the back. I changed over to Jackie when I was a teenager and loved the pull-out posters I could put on my bedroom wall. Happy days!”
First issued in 1967, Mandy featured its own picture-stories with long-running characters including “Valda” and “Angel”. All published by DC Thomson & Co., Mandy was merged with Judy in 1991, and then merged again into Bunty soon after.
“I got Bunty, Mandy, Judy, Jackie and Diana. I still remember the first publication of Mandy and getting the free gift of a rainbow ring. I was so excited!”
Published from 1961 to 1991 when it merged with Mandy, a popular picture-story character in Judy was “Bobby Dazzler”. She was the only girl in a boarding school for boys, but she gave as good as she got!
I still have a Judy badge from when I was a member!
June and School Friend
School Friend was a top-selling picture-story comic for girls in the ’50s, but after merging with June in the ’60s, The Best of June and School Friend became an annual that every young girl wished for at Christmas.
If you can remember “Bruce the Circus Dog” then you probably read Girls’ Crystal. First published as a story paper in 1935, it became a comic in 1953 and then eventually merged with School Friend in 1963. Another early comic aimed specifically at girls was simply called Girl and featured “Kitty Hawk and Her All-Girl Air Crew”, but tales of girls overcoming adversity against the backdrop of skiing holidays, sailing regattas, or cruel Victorian orphanages quickly became old-fashioned with the arrival of Britain’s first teen magazine, Jackie, in 1964.
If you read Jackie, posters of pop idols soon replaced posters of cute puppies on your bedroom walls, and then Petticoat came along in 1966 with its tagline of “For the Young and Fancy Free” and Claire Rayner’s problem page openly talking about sex.
I used to work in a WH Smith in the 1960s and Petticoat was by far the best seller.
And for the Boys?
If you were a teenage boy in the ’60s, you probably took a sneaky peak through the pages of Petticoat in the hope of getting into the minds of teenage girls, but in the innocent days of Bunty, what were boys reading?
Well, there was Beezer, Topper, Beano and Dandy, to name but a few… which ones did you look forward to every week?
“Ours were on order at the newsagents. I had Bunty and Mandy, my sister had Judy and Jackie, and my brothers had Beezer, Topper, Whizzer and Chips. Not forgetting Beano and Dandy – we had the lot!”