One frame. Drawings sent in by readers, fronted by Sammy
Drawn by Ken Harrison
83 appearances (over 82 pages) between issue no. 1 (18/01/75) and no. 87 (11/09/76).
Did not appear in issue nos. 7, 17, 33, and 42.
All were printed in black and white.
The first ‘gallery’ had three Ghastly Geezer drawings and two blank spaces. Sammy explained that the drawings were his work and that the spaces had been left for readers’ contributions. Readers who had their drawings printed would win £1. The following week had one blank space and a similar message. The first reader’s drawing to be printed was ‘Titch the Snitch’ by Chris Paterson of Fife in issue no. 3. A bit difficult to believe, given the time gap of several weeks between a comic going to press and appearing in the shops. A reader’s contribution appeared in each of the following three weeks (nos. 4,5, and 6). Issue nos. 8,9 and 11 saw two and issue nos. 10 and 12 onwards had three, which became the standard format for the rest of the run (issue nos. 27 and 35 had two, but in those weeks the feature only covered half a page). The last solicitation for drawings – “ Keep those Geezers coming, readers!” – was in issue no.86 (ie the week before CRACKER folded – any submissions then could never have been printed).
In issue no. 33 ( ‘Summer Holiday Issue’) the middle eight pages were dubbed ‘Funshine Special – 8 pull-out pages of holiday fun!’ The centre pages were given over to a ‘Miss Ghastly Geezer 1975’ competition. The first CRACKER reader to place the Ghastly Geezers in the order selected by the panel of CRACKER judges would win £5 (and was revealed to be Jean Hall of Pinchbeck in issue no. 41).
The drawings in issue no. 46 were purportedly from CRACKER characters – Fred (of Fiends Beans), Billy The Kid, and Little ‘Orror.