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Obviously someone at Fleetway House was aware of the selling power of football as Scorcher and Score n Roar soon appeared. I'm pretty lukewarm about football but they are two of my favourite comics (later to become one of my favourite comics.)


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I thnk the problem with the football strips in TV21 (despite football being at the height of its popularity) were that hardly any of them were memorable.

Should've stuck to their guns & said we do Sci Fi only (imagine the outrage if say in a Marvel comic, baseball strips start appearing. A thought).

Other key factors in TV21's decline could be:

The replacing of other strong TV support strips such as "Get Smart" with weaker ones such as "Wright Charlie" (was that a tv series or something?) and "Bilko" (by then an old tv show).

Plus not adequatey replacing other strong non-Tv related strips sucj as "Catch Or Kill".

Plus. later on the introduction of a multi coloured letters page answered by Colonel White of Spectrum (clearly going to town on promoting Captain Scarlet). A wastage of colour that could've been used on a comic strip perhaps.


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Of course, that distribution deal was made even worse by the fact that it was determined by a corporate arm of DC Comics - their arch rival.

Actually, I'd forgotten that Millie's own title lasted into the 1970s. In fairness to Roy it may be that he was referring to the last few years of her run, by which time Marvel had finally broken free of the Independant News Company's shackles, rather than the mid-1960s as I previously said.

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Moon Girl started off as a romance comic called A Moon, A Girl, Romance. TV Century 21, like Solo, TV Tornado and the Power Comics will always be remembered as 60s comics and perhaps its only right they didn't survive into the 70s (save a completely reinvented TV21).


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Apologies for posting responses utilising memories from eons back. It will teach me to check my facts first in future.

I was 37% right though wasn't I?


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Going back to what key casues of TV21s decline:

I think the ultimate killer was the enforced merger with Tv Tornado which also caused the editor to leave the title, unhappy with this decision made by the boardroom (the average director's knowledge of markets being nil minus 1000). I think he was called Johm Embley.

Shortly afterwards, I think Mike Noble followed him out the door, where he'd next later go on the draw for "Sally" comic, then later reunite with Embley at "Look-In".


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Sorry I meant Alan Fennell (where did that name of John Embley enter my head? Answers on a postcard please).

I'll reword:

The forced merger with TV Tornado causing the departures of both Fennell & Mike Noble was perhaps the ultimate killer blow & key moment for TV21's decline & fall.


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Just a question related to the drift to football material in TV21; was Britain the only place in the world where soccer comic strips were popular? Or was it an international phenomenon?


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The only one I know of is a Dutch comic called Roel Dijkstra. After working on Dan Dare for Eagle and a number of Gerry Anderson strips for TV21 and Countdown the British artist Keith Watson went on to draw this popular football series about a fictional character who was loosely based on Johan Cruijff.


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