This project is dedicated to the late Francis Coudrill, and his creation 'Hank The Cowboy'.







 

This project was going to set out on 3 pages.. oops!.. no such luck!
Most images depicted on the subsequent 20 pages you will not have
 seen anywhere else on the World Wide Web, or probably anywhere else
:)




This weekly comic commenced in November 1951, and survived until 1984, although it did have to endure several of that habitual British comic tradition along the way ~ mergers!  Publishing began with the News of the World Ltd, then Beaverbrook Publications Ltd, ending with Polystyle Publications Ltd. 

As well as featuring cartoon characters such as Popeye, the Pink Panther, Foo Foo, and other assortments, popular television programmes that were in vogue were the main attraction: Hank, Muffin The Mule, Mr. Turnip, Sooty, Mr. Pastry, Roy Rogers, Four Feather Falls, Supercar, Fireball XL5, Telegoons, The Avengers, Dr Who (later issues were reprints), Adam Adamant, Dad's Army, etc.; these too all being in cartoon strip form within this comic.

In retrospective, most individual issues of TV COMIC were not good value, due to lack of pages. However, being a television comic had it's appeal. In fact, yours truly was a loyal reader up until the launch of TV Century 21 !

 

Due to too much commitment and the involvement in other aspects, Francis franchised out the Hank strip-stories in the weekly issue of TV Comic. and the Annuals. This was undertaken by artist Ron Murdoch, and writer Graeme Phillips.
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Here are two examples, being issues 171 & 189 from 1955.

The front cover is headlined as:
 'A SPECIAL HANK NUMBER',
 with front and back cover having
 a Hank story.~ click on image.





A 'BETTERBOOK' ~  published by the "NEWS of the WORLD" LTD
 The weekly publication 'TV COMIC' began in November 1951.
The first
'T.V. COMIC ANNUAL'  published was 1954.

T.V. COMIC ANNUAL 1954

Front cover drawn by Hugh Gladwish.
 Contents include 
 
   MR. SCHLIP-SCHLOP & CHARLEY PARKIN   ,
COLONEL CROCK, MUFFIN THE MULE     
 (with all 3 written by Annette Mills),  
 and a 5-page story of HANK by F. C.

T.V. COMIC ANNUAL 1955

Front cover drawn by Hugh Gladwish. 
Contents include 
 
PRUDENCE KITTEN, PUFFER DOG, COLONEL CROCK 
 MUFFIN THE MULE ( with all 4 written by Annette Mills), 
SOOTY
drawn by Tony Hart,  MR. TURNIP,   
and a 5-page story of HANK by F. C.        

 

T.V. COMIC ANNUAL  1956

   Front cover by Ron Murdoch & Graeme Phillips    .
Contents include

RED RAY (
Roland Davies art),                     
SOOTY (Tony Hart art), FELIX THE T.V. CAT,       
MUFFIN THE MULE
(Neville Main art in all      
annuals ~ see also Dalek info
elsewhere), 
+
4 pages of a Hank comic strip story,
 drawn and written by
MURDOCH and PHILLIPS
 (not Francis Coudrill )          

T.V. COMIC ANNUAL 1957 

   Front cover by Ron Murdoch & Graeme Phillips   .
Contents include

RED RAY
(Roland Davies art),                  
SOOTY (Tony Hart art), FELIX THE T.V. CAT,
MUFFIN THE MULE, MR. PASTRY, JIMMY,    

+
4 pages of a Hank comic strip story,
 drawn and written by
MURDOCH and PHILLIPS
 (not Francis Coudrill )          


HANK also featured on the front cover and within of
 T.V. COMIC ANNUAL  1958
 and  WHIRLIGIG publications

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TV COMIC LETTER

Illustrated letter headed paper depicting 
LARRY THE LAMB, PRUDENCE KITTEN,
 HANK, MUFFIN THE MULE, PEREGRINE,
 MR. PASTRY, LOUSE THE LAMB
            

 

T.V. MINI-BOOK No. 2

Publishes by
NEWS Of The WORLD LTD  *  6.7 x 3.3" (17cm x 8.5cm)
32 pages
"HANK AND MEXICAN PETE'S VEGETABLE MARROW"

Note: Drawn and told by
MURDOCK and PHILLIPS (not Francis Coudrill )

 

'HANK GOES CAMPING'


A TWIRLY BOOK * Publicity Products Ltd * Purnell and Sons Ltd  *  7" x 8"
 A story about Hank of the Children's Television programme 'Whirligig'
Written and drawn by Francis Coudrill. 

Front cover has a rotating disc,  revealing various characters.
Another title in this series was produced : 'Porterhouse Takes A Lucky Dip'

 

'HANK'S CAMERA CAPERS''

A COLOUR PHOTO BOOK * Publicity Products Ltd  *  8" x 10.5" (20cmx 27cm)
 This book combines Coudrill art with photographs of his puppet characters
HANK, CASSY, SILVER, FREDDIE, PETE, and LITTLE INDIAN BOY.

See also the WHIRLIGIG page



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