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FREE GIFTS in UK comics

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I was thinking about the smell of the free gift in Fantastic #1 - yes the smell - and wondered if the thing still smelled of that specific vinyl plastic smell even today....off to ebay and guess what....
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271000703307

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fantastic1 by standby4action, on Flickr

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fantastic2 by standby4action, on Flickr

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fantastic3 by standby4action, on Flickr

I wondered if we wanted to start a thread of free gifts in order to create a store of pictures but then a quick search showed me our own Lew Stringer has done this already - and follow his other features on free gifts. The Comic Book Price Guide also has a feature.

Anyway if this does take off, this is my contribution!

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Great images, Standby. I remember the gifts in the first image. I think by the time of the later gifts above I had moved my comic allegiances elsewhere, no doubt lured away by some plastic/cardboard enticement offered by another title.

Actually we already have a couple of general free gift threads, but I'm always interested to see more examples.

http://comicsuk.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=134&t=3911

http://comicsuk.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=3114

Also;

http://cheekyweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2010 ... er_01.html

http://cheekyweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2010 ... et_12.html

http://cheekyweekly.blogspot.co.uk/2010 ... ge_22.html

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Well done Niblet, of course I should have thought of adding these links - especially after having searched the Forum first for this thread anyway!

The following are taken from various places on the Net with many thanks to the original scanners
  1. TV21 #1 - Identicode kit
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  2. TV21 #2 - Vinyl/cloth badge plus secret code cards - see link below
  3. TV21 #3 - Fireball XL5 cardboard model - see link below and eBay regular 'Northern-lad'
  4. TV21 #90 - Thunderbirds International Rescue Hat
  5. TV21 #105 - Thunderbirds marksman game - see link below
  6. TV21 #106 - IQ Test - see link below
  7. TV21 #141 - 3D Glasses - see link below
  8. TV21 #155 - Captain Scarlet Album plus 4 Spectraprint pictures
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  9. TV21 #156 - 4 Spectraprint pictures for the Album
  10. TV21 #157 - 4 Spectraprint pictures for the Album
  11. TV21 #192 - 5 Colour Portraits of Famous Soccer Stars
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  12. TV21 #218 - Strato-streak Ready to Fly Plane
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  13. Stingray Special (TV Century 21) 1965 - WASP and Stingray "cloth" badges - see link below
  14. TV21 Summer Extra Copyright 1965 Cosmic Capers Kit - see link below
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    1. TV21 #89 - Metallic badge - not actually free
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    2. The badge itself
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    3. Spectrum Shade card and badge - again not actually free
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The other thing I always found strange was the lack of a free gift in issue #52 when Thunderbird strip was launched! That was fun enough, obviously!

Here's a great link- what do people think about 'stripping' pix from elsewhere to 'store' here? Is this not the done thing?

And are these too many picture links for one post?

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standby4action wrote: I wondered if we wanted to start a thread of free gifts in order to create a store of pictures but then a quick search showed me our own Lew Stringer has done this already - and follow his other features on free gifts.
Link didn't work. Here's the correct one:
http://lewstringer.blogspot.co.uk/2010/ ... art-1.html

Followed by the rest of the posts in that series:
http://lewstringer.blogspot.co.uk/2010/ ... art-2.html
http://lewstringer.blogspot.co.uk/2010/ ... art-3.html
http://lewstringer.blogspot.co.uk/2010/ ... art-4.html
http://lewstringer.blogspot.co.uk/2010/ ... art-5.html
http://lewstringer.blogspot.co.uk/2010/ ... art-6.html
standby4action wrote: The other thing I always found strange was the lack of a free gift in issue #52 when Thunderbird strip was launched! That was fun enough, obviously!
Yes, they didn't need a free gift at that point as TV21 was outselling other comics anyway, and, as you suggest, having a Thunderbirds strip beginning in that issue was all the promotion they needed.

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Lew Stringer wrote:Yes, they didn't need a free gift at that point as TV21 was outselling other comics anyway, and, as you suggest, having a Thunderbirds strip beginning in that issue was all the promotion they needed.
Also, to promote the series and generate a sense of excitement, I seem to recall that they did a countdown in the previous five issues, each of which featured a colour photograph of one of the Thunderbird craft. As the TV show was originally broadcast in black and white this was the first chance I got to see them in colour; up until then I'd been convinced that Thunderbird 2 was red and Thunderbird 4 was pink! :?

- Phil R.

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These Zodiac cards were free with Lindy no 3, they came with a set of Fortune telling cards. Unfortunately I only have two of them.

I know they are not as exciting as the free guns, and planes etc, but, I would love to see a full set with all the different colours that were used at that time.

Now, there must be lots of these lying around somewhere? :xfingers: So, if these are annoying anyone and they would like to offload them, please let me know. :wink:
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Nowt to do with BBCode, you just had an extra L at the end.

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I've posted pretty much all the free gifts that came with Whizzer and Chips over on my site -

http://whizzerandchipscomic.blogspot.co ... story.html
Visit my blog all about British comics old and new! http://www.whackycomics.blogspot.com

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...and as usual our mate Lew has the latest on free gifts over on his blog where he tells us about a brilliant new book on free gifts!!

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- of course, our mate Phoenix (aka the author) deserves some credit too! :)

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I can honestly say that it is worth every penny. Plus getting an autographed copy doesn't hurt. :D
I started to say something sensible but my parents took over my brain!

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ColCool ,check your PM.

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