|Was this cover story an inspiration for the|
long-running Scream Inn series in
Shiver and Shake and Whoopee!
comics later in the 70s?
|Super Mousse adverts in comic format, drawn by Peter Ford|
|Fruity Pops and Kodak adverts. Kodak illustrated by Eric Bradbury|
Acting on a reader’s suggestion, in the issue dated 6th March, 1971 (No. 40) the Editor modified the voting coupon by providing space for the feature readers disliked the most. Apparently this worked well and the change became permanent from the issue dated 1st May, 1971 (No. 48). Readers did not restrict themselves to the voting coupon to voice their dislikes. The first “hate” mail was printed in the issue dated 7th August, 1971 (No. 62) (the complaint was about Tricky Dicky) and soon became quite common in the POSTBAG section. The Chumpions received the biggest share of it by far. Other sets that readers wrote in to complain about were Kid Chameleon and The Gasworks Gang, but quite a few letters also spoke strongly in their favour, so there was a kind of discussion going on. Another ongoing discussion was between readers who wanted more football features and those who thought the idea was terrible.
|1971 Firework number|
|Example of the Editor's page with the|
HOLIDAY FUN feature
|1971 Christmas issue|
All in all 1971 was a year when Cor!! was steadily going strong with no big changes taking place, although a number of new comedy strips such as The Chumpions weren’t very successful, and new adventure serials, particularly the revival of Four Alone, were rather weak IMHO. The strongest addition to the line-up that proved to be a big success in the long run was Chalky – it outlived Cor!! and successfully migrated into Buster where it continued to appear for many years to come. Another notable positive development was the increase of the page count of the comic’s most popular feature Ivor Lott and Tony Broke to 2 full pages.
The launch of COR!! in the summer of 1970 left no time to prepare a holiday special or an annual, therefore the first editions were produced only a year later when the comic was already going strong.
|Front page of COR!! 1971 Summer Special|
|School For Spacemen from COR!! 1971 Summer Special|
|Willie's Worms from COR!! 1971 Summer Special|
|Front cover of COR!! 1972 Annual|
|Space Jinx from COR!! 1972 Annual|
|Ug and Tug the Peace Makers from COR!! 1972 Annual|