Free Gift Transfers in Comics

A Twenty-page Article

(If you're interested in ads as well as free gifts, you might want to have a quick look at the following article first, & then return here for more details & for images:)

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Introduction:

Between 1964 & 1985, the years with which we are normally concerned, surprisingly few comics contained free gift Letraset transfers. Here is a complete list of those promotions (well, we think it's complete, although you never know when something else might unexpectedly surface from the depths — despite our regular submarine patrols).

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Only a handful of promotions took place in the period when Letraset were still producing their own Consumer Products, & the first is as late as 1970.

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Even so, there's quite a lot of material to view, so for convenience I've split this article into twenty pages. We'll be extending a bit outside our usual territory, as you'll see! And there are a couple of extra treats, just for fun.

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You can choose the promotion you want from the list at the bottom of each page, but for best results it's recommended that you read them in order & then follow its "Next Page" link when you come to it. I've tried to stick as closely as possible to chronological order — or rather, as close as is practical.

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Take care when you come to one of the Star Wars-related pages, though; it's easy to get diverted at those points. Stick to the 'Free Gift Transfers in Comics' links, if you want to stay on track!

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Although waterslide transfers, tattooze & even iron-ons had been regular Free Gifts in British comics for many years, & Letraset transfers had appeared as Free Gifts since 1966, the first Free Gift Letraset transfers in comics didn't appear until…

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