Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Christmas Carol

The tradition of the children's newspaper is one that seems to have disappeared and with it the children's newspaper strip. A shame as there have been some wonderful spin-offs from newspapers in the past: Junior Mirror, Junior Sketch and, best of all, Junior Express, which developed into Express Weekly, all appeared in the mid-1950s, and many papers in the 1920s and 1930s had childrens' sections with puzzles, stories and strips.

The Children's Newspaper also ran strips, many of them little features on famous people and sports men and women. Many others adapted famous novels in newspaper strip format. The very first one, published in 1946, adapted Charles Dickens's classic A Christmas Carol, drawn by C. E. Montford, and, as it's Christmas, I thought I'd give the strip its first airing in over 60 years. Merry Christmas to you all and have a wonderful day.

(* Artwork © Look and Learn Ltd. Reprinted by permission.)

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