Great British Comics really is a lovely book and I can't recommend it enough - but one thing that has surprised me is the fact that to date so few shops seem to be stocking it, even though their shelves are loaded with The Best of Girl, Jackie, My Guy, etc. It's such a shame as I can't help but feel it would easily become a best-seller in the run-up to Christmas, if the general public actually got to see it!
For all his faults Denis Gifford did an enormous amount to celebrate the rich history of Britain's comics, but the nice thing about Gravett is that his 'facts' tend to be almost 100% reliable; which makes it all the more ironic that the image with which this volume begins - a marvelous photograph of two girls reading comics at an open-air swimming pool in the mid-1950s - bears the following caption:
...Those pesky Time Lords have a lot to answer for!The Beezer that the girl on the left is reading, dated 12 May 1955, was a new weekly giant-size title launched in January 1956 (!)
- Phil Rushton (who was just 12 days old on the date in question!)