|1973 New Year issue - the first one with a|
new cover layout since the
premiere issue in 1970
|1973 Easter issue - the first one with the|
permanent change of the cover design
and a number of surprises inside
|Examples of covers with the new layout|
Changes weren’t limited to just the cover. Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? was a new comedy feature that debuted on page two. The issue dated 21st April, 1973 (No. 151) also saw the beginning of the Cor-Medy Choice series that was introduced to give readers a chance to select a new fun-series from ten brand new comedy ideas presented over a period of ten weeks. At the end of the series readers were given the opportunity to vote on which story should appear in COR! regularly as a complete series. The last change in the issue dated 21st April, 1973 (No. 151) was that of the title and masthead of what used to be COR!! NEWS SHEET. It became COR!! NEWS Easter Eggs-tra in the Easter issue, and then COR!! NEWS Readers’ Special from the issue dated 28th April, 1973 (No. 152). Starting from the summer months the news feature shrunk to a single page and became less cluttered with text; the Editor’s comments were becoming increasingly scarce.
|Example of COR!! News Readers' Special|
Winner of the COR-MEDY CHOICE series was announced in the issue dated 1st September, 1973 (No. 170). It was Val’s Vanishing Cream; the strip joined COR!! line-up as a regular feature and fared sufficiently well to survive merger with BUSTER where it continued until the end of 1976.
|Front pages of 1973 free gift issues|
Issue dated 13th October, 1973 (No. 176), the second issue in the series, offered a double treat of the Jumping Skeleton free gift and pocket COR-MIC part one (two super-surprises for all readers). Until recently COR!! wasn’t equipped to offer pull-outs because its pages were glued rather than stapled, so pulling pages out would have been problematic. COR!! became a stapled paper from the beginning of 1973 and the obstacle was removed. The COR-MIC pull-out was a nice combination of popular strips, pop/rock star photos and gags and received some very positive reader comments. COR-MIC pull-out booklet consisted of 4 parts that came with 4 consecutive issues.
|COR-MIC pull out Pt. 4 in COR!! issue dated|
3rd November, 1973 (No. 179)
The issue dated 20th October, 1973 (No. 177) had to be given 8 extra pages to accommodate all the goodness and 4 pages promoting Walt Disney’s GOOFY AND PLUTO Issue No. 1, while the paper’s only 3-page feature Rat Trap was reduced to two pages from that issue onwards.
|1973 Christmas edition|
Strips that ended in 1973:
|1973 COR!! Summer Special|
|Tales of Tollgate from 1973 COR!! Summer Special|
|The Bouncers from 1973 COR!! Summer Special|
|Jim'e Genie from 1973 COR!! Summer Special|
The book contained an original 4-page episode of the Goodies by Joe Colquhoun. It was the only appearance of the Goodies in COR!! annuals because the strip was licensed to COR!! for just one year 1973.
|Opening pages of the Goodies in COR!! 1974 Annual|
|The Gasworks Gang splash panel by Frank McDiarmid from COR!! 1974 Annual|
|Jasper the Grasper splash panel from COR!! 1974 Annual|