Friday, December 7, 2007

Sunday Comic Books

Back in the early 1980s, many newspapers used a new "comic book" format for their Sunday Comics section. They were hoping that it would get more people to buy it as "collectables" and increase their sales.
Apparently, it didn't work. By the mid '80s, newspapers have started to abandon the concept and went back to the usual format we all know and love.
One person actually saved these "comic books" and sold about two years worth of it on eBay. I was the winning (read: only) bidder and got the whole set. And in a nutshell, I can see why it didn't work. Primarily, the strips were shrunk too small.
But that doesn't mean it wasn't worth it. It's always a treat to see how your favorite (and least favorite) strips looked many years ago, and you're also bound to see strips that's no longer around.
So, all that aside, I am presenting you Norwich (Conn.) Sunday Bulletin Comic Book from July 12, 1981. Here are all 30 pages. As usual, click on the images to see it bigger.





"Andy Capp" and "Wizard of Id"

"Star Trek"

"B.C." and "Tumbleweeds"

"Star Wars"

"Family Circus" and "Ripley's Believe it or Not"

"The Amazing Spider-Man"

"Beetle Bailey" and "Briny Deep" (by Don Addis, 1980-1981)


"Barbara Cartland's Romances" and "According to Guinness"

"Funky Winkerbean"





"Prince Valiant"

"For Better or For Worse" and "Tank McNamara"

"Ben Swift" and "Doctor Smock"

"Dennis the Menace"


"Annie" and "Hagar the Horrible"

"The Phantom" and "Agatha Crumm" (by Bill Hoest, 1977-1996)


"Goosemyer" (by Brant Parker and Don Wilder, 1980-1984) and "Willy 'n Ethel"

"The Lockhorns" and "The Small Society" (by Morrie Brickman, 1966-1999)

"Uncle Art's Funland" and "Junior Whirl"

"Fred Basset" and "Hi and Lois"



1981 said...

Thank you! I'd enjoy seeing more of the issues you have in the future.

Brubaker said...

You're welcome.

I might upload certain strips from other issues I have, so stay tuned to check.

Rod McKie said...

Hey, nice one, Charles. I shall alert my British chums. This is an excellent post.

Jim said...

I assume the booklet was about the same size as a "real" comic book? If so, then these strips aren't too much smaller than many of the strips in many newspapers' "full-size" 2008 Sunday comics sections.

Anonymous said...

How much did you pay for these on eBay? Thanks in advance.

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Anonymous said...

these look great on my 32" monitor--charlie

David Suhocke said...

This is interesting. I wonder if you ended up with the collection I donated to Wonderland comics of Putnam ct. My Grandfather saved these for me and after a while, I went through a purging phase and left my whole collection to the owner. The reason I think its a possibility is because I thought I remember him saying that he would sell them on E-bay. This had to be years ago. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed them as mush as I did then.