Background & cover by Patrick Tilley; transfers by Frank Wheeler; background hand-lettering by Bill Harmer (Patrick Tilley Associates).
This cover is interesting, because the earliest Panoramas were the ones that didn't say "WADDINGTON/Letraset" on the front; however, although this one still omits the logo, it is nevertheless a Waddington version, as you can see from the back panel on the right. Possibly this is the International edition, with a domestic edition having the "WADDINGTON/Letraset" logo added.
The cover would have had a third edition, when the transfers were redone in 4-spot colour, but this next edition is from 1971, with the characteristic orange half-frame of that year slapped over the artwork:
Not every Panorama included a sheet of paper such as the following, whose purpose is obvious. It accompanied, & was the same size as, the standard sheet of corrugated cardboard whose job was to prevent damage to the Panorama before purchase. It was the thickness of this cardboard that required double folds in the Panorama background.
Here are the monochrome sheets from the 1965 edition:
And the later 4-spot colour sheets:
It's interesting to compare the two versions of the sheets, to see how the artist (who is currently unknown) dealt with the problem of colourising the existing monochrome artwork. You can also see that there were many more transfers for the monochrome version!
Picture Credit: The SPLAT Scan Archives
© Tom Vinelott 2023