Right then, one more time this year and that's it. Probably.
Presenting Nutty, dated December 25th 1982.
Not that you'd know that from looking at the covers of early issues - Characters like Doodlebug (a small mouse-like creature who loved drawing), Wacky (a wacky inventor) and Scoopy (see below) would appear promising more fun inside and might as well have been Korky the Cat or Biffo the Bear.
However there was a character who appeared on the back cover whose popularity would speedily eclipse all others and take over not only the front cover but eventually the centre two-page spread too. I am, of course (as you can see from the cover depicted above), referring to Bananaman. Which is a really fun word to type. Bananaman.
Bananaman is probably one of the top 5 most important characters in British comics history so I'll analyse him in detail at a later time but here he is almost a year before his TV cartoon debut.
So on to the rest of this issue. First up Jay R. Hood ("he's anything but good!") is another comics bad boy, named after the then-popular villainous character from Dallas. He debuted about the same time as Junior Rotter in Whizzer and Chips who had the same gimmick. And oddly both JRs had a nemesis called Sue Helen.
Here he is trying to trap Santa:
nephews from The Dandy.
Next up is Scoopy "The runaround hound with a nose for news", a newspaper's literal office dogsbody who, after a long day running errands for the editor, finally gets his Christmas reward.
There's also weird superhero parody Supergnat, deservedly forgotten.
The School Belles is about a tough gang of private school girls who really feel like they belong in Bunty.
So on to the main feature: Bananaman!
The centre pages here give an insight into Christmas back where he comes from...