Mrs. R braved the Boxing Day sales today and returned with the Best of Whizzer & Chips, Roy of the Rovers, Battle, and 70s Girls' Comics. She told me that Sainsbury's were selling them for £2.00 each, so they must have been reduced in their sale. There were also a few others such as Best of Bunty and Beano, but sadly no Warlord.
Looks like Mrs. Ripper struck gold for you there! Wasn't aware of the Whizzer & Chipsannual so will be on the lookout for a copy. Assuming the above are all around the 74 page mark, I wonder what that original, surely outrageous recommended retail price of £7.99 was all about? I doubt Egmont would have shifted many if they'd stuck with that.
Here's one from Santa. That's what the bride says, anyway. I'm sure it was her dressed up really.
Emergency-Ward 10 Girls' Annual (Purnell, 1963)
Illustrated by Eric Dadswell and Ken Houghton. Unusually for an annual, this one contains more text stories than strips, plus eleven articles and seven "meet the cast" features. It is hardly overloaded with sporting references, although the heroine of Linda Learns A Lesson gets to demonstrate her prowess at table tennis and There's many a slip ... concerns promising young ice skating star Sylvia, injured while practising on a pond which was not quite frozen over after all. District Nurse Velamie Ranger outwits the thuggish Butch and his Oxbridge Teddy Boy Gang in The Missing Patient (she throws a packet of borocic powder in his face). The horror content is restricted to an apiarist dropping a beehive and almost getting stung to death in A Call In The Night, Ok but we are hardly talking another The Swarm.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.
Well done Mrs R - braver than me, fronting the boxing day sales scrum. I stayed at home with Final Score, a Baileys and brandy, and the shock of a) Orient winning at home, and b) the fact that it was at home - I thought we were at Crawley, otherwise I would have been there.