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On this day, 30 January 1982: Jackpot

On this day, 30 January 1982: Jackpot

On this day, 30 January 1982 … Contrary to appearances, this isn’t a festive issue of Jackpot. The rather misleading cover trails a photo-feature about the day Jackpot’s final competition winner spent dressed as Santa, delivering boxes of Suchard chocs to the old people of Luton. A happy day for the old folk, and for young Barry Williams himself, but bitter-sweet as his moments in the spotlight were not only hidden behind a thick fake beard but also overshadowed by the announcement that this was to be the 141st and very last issue of this much loved and missed comic.

  The Winners: Jimmy Hansen (artist)

The Winners: Jimmy Hansen (artist)

  Top of the Class: Vic Neill (artist)

Top of the Class: Vic Neill (artist)

  Will Power: Nigel Edwards (artist)

Will Power: Nigel Edwards (artist)

  Oh, Brother!: Dick Millington (artist)

Oh, Brother!: Dick Millington (artist)

  Mike’s Bike: Brian Walker (artist)

Mike’s Bike: Brian Walker (artist)

  Kid King: Robert Nixon (artist)

Kid King: Robert Nixon (artist)

  Full O’ Beans: Martin Baxendale (artist)

Full O’ Beans: Martin Baxendale (artist)

  Milly O’Naire and Penny Less: Sid Burgon (artist)

Milly O’Naire and Penny Less: Sid Burgon (artist)

  Milly O’Naire and Penny Less: Sid Burgon (artist)

Milly O’Naire and Penny Less: Sid Burgon (artist)

  It’s a Nice Life: Reg Parlett (artist)

It’s a Nice Life: Reg Parlett (artist)

  The Invisible Monster: Sid Burgon (artist)

The Invisible Monster: Sid Burgon (artist)

  The Incredible Sulk: Jim Petrie (artist)

The Incredible Sulk: Jim Petrie (artist)

  Sporty: John Geering (artist)

Sporty: John Geering (artist)

  The Park: Tom Paterson (artist)

The Park: Tom Paterson (artist)

  Jack Pott: Jim Crocker (artist)

Jack Pott: Jim Crocker (artist)

  Laser Eraser: Robert Nixon (artist)

Laser Eraser: Robert Nixon (artist)

On this day, 31 January 1987: Nipper

On this day, 31 January 1987: Nipper

On this day, 29 January 1977: Battle Picture Weekly and Valiant

On this day, 29 January 1977: Battle Picture Weekly and Valiant