Until then it was business as usual; there are two small things worth mentioning: first is that for some reason Ivor Lott and Tony Broke temporarily swapped slots with The Gasworks Gang and the latter was given the centre pages from the issue dated 23rd February, 1974 (No. 195) to the issue dated 23rd March, 1974 (No. 199).
|COR!! News Readers' Special with |
Knock! Knock! jokes, issue dated
23rd March, 1974 ( No. 199)
|Issue 200 - new cover l|
|1974 Easter issue|
Easter issue dated 20th April, 1974 (No. 203) was the last in which new characters were introduced. Adding new strips to a comic that was about to go under sounds like a daft idea, but there wasn’t much of a choice because two of the three newcomers were winners of the Cor-Medy Choice series that must have been designed and launched before the decision to end the paper was taken. The third was Baron Von-Bonkers the Birdman – a very-amateur looking experiment IMHO and the motives for its inclusion are impossible to understand.
In the last weeks signs of decay were beginning to show more prominently – Hire a Horror resorted to reprints of a couple of early Reg Parlett episodes, editors turned a blind eye on some artists (Trevor Metcalfe and Robert Nixon in particular) signing their artwork and some of the sets started looking a bit rushed or were ghosted.
|Last issue: front cover and the page of the great news|
The infamous Exciting News for all readers was announced in the issue dated 15th June, 1974 (No. 211). The last edition of the paper came with a beautiful cover and Gus’s screaming head was back on the left-hand side of the page where it always belonged. A number of characters (the bloke from Gus, Dr. Rat, The Gasworks Gang, Jelly Baby, Teacher’s Pet, Micky Madd’s dog) bid farewell to the readers in one way or another. And that was the end of COR!!
|Buster of 15th June, 1974: front cover and the inside page with the news|
about merger with COR!!
Strips that started in 1974:
|Front page of the first cimbined BUSTER and COR!!|
|Welcome message to COR!! readers in the first combined BUSTER and COR!!|
|Announcement of the merger in SHIVER and SHAKE dated 22nd June, 1974.|
A similar advert was printed in that week's issue of VALIANT
and possibly other IPC companion comics
|1974 COR!! Summer Special|
|Give a Dog a Bone in 1974 COR!! Summer Special|
|Aqua Lad from 1974 COR!! Summer Special|
|The Spectacular Adventures of Willie Bunk from 1974 COR!! Summer Special|
|"Young" MacDonald and his Farm in 1974 COR!! Summer Special|
|1975 COR!! Annual cover|