10 1970s Girls’ Annuals We Miss
Will you be getting an annual in your Christmas stocking? They don’t make them like they used to. Here are 10 of the best girls' annuals from the 1970s. And there’s only one place to start:
Britain’s best-selling teenage magazine in the 1970s. The Cathy and Claire problem page received 400 letters a week, mostly regarding what the magazine called “below the waist issues”.
The magazine’s first editor was, naturally, former RAF engine fitter Gordon Small.
The magazine ceased in 1993, after 29 years in operation.
The Mandy annuals (an offshoot of the comic) ran from 1972 until 2007. One of the most popular storylines involved Angel, a well-off Victorian girl who, upon finding she has but a year to live, devotes her time to caring for orphans.
One of the earliest girls’ comics. Girls' Crystal began life in 1935. It was on its last legs by the time the 70s came around. 1976 was the last offering.
“Misty was hardcore and scared the hell out of me,” remembers author of the Astrosaurs children’s books, Stephen Cole, in an interview with the Guardian newspaper.
“Not just for all the ghosts, zombies and eerie beings that haunted its pages, but because its stories eschewed happy endings with a bitter relish.”
The Bunty annuals, like the magazine, ended in 2001 – after a run of 43 years.
The Four Marys (a look at the British class system at a girls’ boarding school) was the only strip to appear from beginning to end.
Short-lived (1974-1981) but notable. Despite what the homely front cover of this 1979 annual would have you believe, Jinty focused on fantasy and Sci-Fi stories such as The Girl Who Never Was and The Robot Who Cried.
Among the most distinctive and sought after girls’ annuals. Celebrated for their black covers.
You should have laughed at that one. It’s the best gag in the annual.
This is the annual your mother bought you for Christmas...
When what you really wanted was…
Smashin Fashion! Secrets about Fellas! Colour Pin-Ups!
Or the even sassier…
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