|ANNUALS||No CRACKER annuals were published.|
|COMPETITIONS||Odd Bods (issue nos. 4/5/6/7, winners/runners-up issue nos. 17/18)
Heads You Win (issue nos. 8/9/10/11, winners/runners-up issue nos. 22/23)
Ask A Silly Question (issue nos. 12/13/14/15, winners/runners-up issue nos. 26/27)
Lucky 13 / Miss Ghastly Geezer / Sandcastles (issue no. 33, winners/runners-up issue no. 41)
Lucky 13 - Cracker Words (issue no. 36, winners/runners-up issue no. 45)
A Cracker of a Puzzle (issue no. 37, winners/runners-up issue no. 46)
Lucky 13 - Spot The Difference (issue no. 39, winners/runners-up issue no. 47)
Lucky 13 - Spot The Shadow (issue no. 44, winners/runners-up issue no. 52)
Treasure Tree / Cracker Bang / Chrismas Carols (issue no. 49, winners/runners-up issue no. 60)
|COVER STRIP||None. The cover page was used to trail the comic's strips, or to tell a joke, or a combination of both.
Similar to SPARKY comic around the same time. There, four non-strip cover pages interrupted
Barney's run between issue nos. 481 (06/04/74) and 499 (10/08/74).
From then until no. 528 (01/03/75) Barney
only appeared seven times. A run of forty non-strip covers followed before another strip would grace the
cover page - Some Mummies Do 'Ave 'Em (no. 568 - 06/12/75).
All the CRACKER front page covers can be seen in the 'Cracker Covers Gallery' on the Cracker Covers page .
|FIRST AND LAST||The first edition of CRACKER
appeared the week ending 18 January 1975, the last (no. 87)
was dated 11 September 1976. Eight strips
Billy The Kid And Pongo, Dunder Ed, Ghastly Geezers Gallery, Iron Hand, Joe Soap, The Nutters,
Simple Spyman and Young Foo - appeared in both issues.
The last issue contained the news that CRACKER would be merging with THE BEEZER the following week. Usually, in these circumstances, the final cover would be emblazoned with an announcement on the lines of "GREAT NEWS - SEE INSIDE!" that would fill a reader with dread - this often meant that their comic's number was up. The poor CRACKER reader discovered their comic's imminent demise (assuming they read the pages in order) at the bottom of page three after the end of the Young Foo strip, where Sammy informed them :- 'You'll be able to see Young Foo in the great, new two-in-one "Beezer and Cracker" - NEXT WEEK'.
(DC Thomson may have assumed CRACKER readers didn't read the pages in
order as the message
|FORMAT||The first 55 issues had 32 pages, the rest 28 pages, each around 11¼ x 8¼ inches (30 x 21 cms or 'A4'), glued, outside front and back pages full colour. With two exceptions, the middle two pages (16 & 17) were red/black and the rest black/white. The exceptions were in the two issues that contained eight-page pull-outs (nos. 33 and 49), where the two red/black pages appeared on pages 13 and 20.|
Issue no. 1 Squeeze 'n' Squeak balloon
Issue no. 2 The Cracker Bang
Issue no. 3 Wheels and Squeals facts 'n' fun book
Issue no. 4 Funny Face Maker
|IF 'CRACKER' WAS STILL GOING...||... the current issue would be 2344 (dated 14 December 2019).|
|PRICE||Each issue cost 6p. To have bought all the copies of CRACKER at the cover price would have cost £5.22.|
|RECORDS||SHORTEST RUN Scrapjack -
The Wacky Wizard appeared in the last nine issues of
CRACKER. At eighteen pages
it also holds the record for LEAST
(this excludes Cracker Calendar with nine appearances/pages and the two Eight-page 'pull-outs' with sixteen pages).
LONGEST RUN Billy The Kid And Pongo, Iron Hand, Joe Soap, Simple Spyman and Young Foo appeared in every issue.
LARGEST PAGE AREA At 174½ pages Iron Hand takes this category by virtue of an extra half-page (in addition to its usual two pages) in issue no. 1. Young Foo was pipped into second place on 174 pages.
|SUMMER SPECIALS||No CRACKER summer specials were published.|
|THE BEEZER||CRACKER ran for 87 issues before joining with its DC Thomson stable mate THE BEEZER in its old large-format version. The first issue of THE BEEZER AND CRACKER was No 1079 (18/09/76). The new fun-chums BEEZER readers got to meet were Billy The Kid And Pongo, Iron Hand, Joe Soap, Young Foo, Jest A Minute, Little 'Orror, and Scrapper. The first four of these had been ever-presents in CRACKER. The CRACKER characters were given the four centre pages, entitled 'The Best Of Cracker'. When separated and folded, the pages formed a half size, eight page 'mini-comic'. This ran for 128 weeks to issue no. 1206 (24/02/79) before being replaced by 'The Best Of Plug', when that comic merged with THE BEEZER. Jest A Minute and Scrapper survived into 'The Best Of Plug', which ran for 108 weeks to issue no. 1314 (21/03/81), the last edition of the large format BEEZER. Scrapper reappeared the following week in the reduced sized ('A4') BEEZER to become the most enduring CRACKER character. His last appearance was in BEEZER issue no. 1701 (20/08/88), but his appearances in the preceding few weeks were limited.|
|XMAS||CRACKER issue no. 49 (20/12/75) was billed as 'The Christmas Cracker' (with a special eight-page pull out), but the following week's issue (with Santa on the cover) was in substance also a Christmas edition.|