Ginger Meggs Sunbeams Comic Books and Annuals, an Aussie icon up there with Don Bradman and Phar Lp.
|Ginger Meggs Sunbeams Books 'n' Annuals
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First introduced by the redoubtable James Charles Bancks in a Sydney Sunday Sun comic strip called US FELLERS on the 13th of November, 1921, 'Ginger' was thus named due to the 3-colour printing process; blue, red or yellow, red being the only choice of hair colour! US FELLERS passed into history 18 years later, the comic strip in the Sunbeams section of the paper being renamed GINGER MEGGS.
The first SUNBEAMS ANNUAL appeared in 1924 and would remain an annual event for the next 35 years. These glorious softcover books remain the most desirable of all Aussie comic books, along with those of Fatty Finn and Middy Malone.
Reference: THE GOLDEN YEARS OF GINGER MEGGS 1921-52, edited by John Horgan, introduction by John Ryan, from which the above facts have been taken. Souvenir Press/Brolga Books, 1978; ISBN 09596601 1 9
Ginger Meggs also appeared in a number of locally published Little Golden Books, two of which appear here.
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