Long-gone magazines we loved
March marks the anniversary of the closure of Punch magazine, which since its introduction in 1841 was famous for its humour and satire. But it got us thinking about the other much-loved and now missed magazines that have disappeared from our shelves…
From its first issue in 1937 until its last in 2012, The Dandy was enjoyed by generation after generation who loved following the exploits of Korky the Cat and Desperate Dan. Sadly the last issue rolled off the presses just after it celebrated its 75th anniversary, but we will never forget Dan’s cow pie!
With weekly comics and a summer and Christmas annual, girls were captivated by the collections of short fictional stories aimed at the under 14s from 1958 right up until 2001. Who was your favourite? The Four Marys, Moira Kent, Bella the Bookworm or Lisa the Lonely Ballerina?
The weekly treat for millions of girls during the 60s, 70s and 80s, it finally printed its last edition in 1993. At its peak it sold over 600,000 copies and was packed with photo stories, teen fashion and beauty tips and advice from Cathy & Claire. And the bit we remember most? The pull-out poster of this month’s heart-throb that would be carefully removed and Blu-Tac’d on to every teen fan’s wall. Sigh!
Guaranteed to make you look like one of the ‘in’ crowd, Smash Hits was the must-buy fortnightly mag for teens in the 80s. One its major early selling points was the inclusion of the Top 20 song lyrics – remember this is before the internet, so how else could you learn all the words to sing along to your favourite tunes? Although it closed in 2006, its name lives on as a spin-off digital television channel and website.
It may only have lasted ten years, but Nova was described as “the new kind of magazine for a new kind of woman.” Launched in 1965 it discussed sex and the Pill and was the epitome of London sophistication. With writers including Lynda-Lee Potter and Grahame Greene it was also famous in publishing circles for the fact that it was a women’s magazine that had more male readers than female. It broke the post-war mould for women’s magazine and influenced so many titles with everything from its typefaces to its photographic style. There was a failed attempt to relaunch it in May 2000 – it lasted just 13 issues.