Boardman Buffalo Bill Annuals

Nearly identical in design to the Adventure Annual series, the Buffalo Bill Annual series was T. V. Boardman's most successful annual series. Unlike the Adventure series, Buffalo Bill was almost entirely original UK artwork (except for some content in the 1952 issue which were reprinted from American sources).

An original McLoughlin cover for a Buffalo Bill Annual that was either never published or replaced by another cover.

The Buffalo Bill series started in 1949 with a typical "two children travel back through time to meet Buffalo Bill Cody in the old west" scenario - which was dropped entirely with No.2. From there on it became, and still remains, the best and most eradite series of books on the old west, being both historically accurate and intelligent. McLoughlin was a western buff (he later compiled his book Encyclopedia of the Wild and Wooly West) and his personal fascination for the period shines through in each volume. He even designed a "newspaper" for some volumes called either "The Deadwood Times" or the "The Tombstone Gazette" that detailed the historical going-ons of the epoch with photo-like illustrations taken from original photographs. Each of the Buffalo Bill Annuals must have taken McLoughlin nearly an entire year to complete.

As good as Denis McLoughlin's work on other Boardman titles was, it steps up to another level in the Buffalo Bill Annuals. Here McLoughlin's passion for the American West found the outlet it had been denied in the three pence rotogravure series. McLoughlin provided dozens of text illustrations, decorated maps, and paintings in each volume.

Boardman also lavished production values on these annuals allowing more full-colour painted artwork, more four-colour comic stories, and more original material. Rather than the superficial treatment of the American West found in other children's publications, McLoughlin, with writers Arthur Groom, Rex James, and Colin McLoughlin (Denis' brother), produced intelligent and historically accurate pieces.

Unlike the Adventure Annual series, Buffalo Bill is always dated and/or numbered. Several were published under the Popular Press imprint.

 

Boardman Buffalo Bill Annuals

Buffalo Bill Annual
(No.1 1949)

Buffalo Bill Annual
(No.2 1950)

Buffalo Bill Annual
(No.3 1951)
   

Buffalo Bill Annual
(No.4 1952)

Buffalo Bill Annual
(No. 5 1953)

Buffalo Bill Annual
(No.6 1954)
   

Buffalo Bill Annual 
(No.7 1955)

Buffalo Bill Annual
(No.8 1956)

Buffalo Bill Annual
(No.9 1957)
   

Buffalo Bill Annual 
(No. 10 1958)

Buffalo Bill Annual
(No. 11 1959)

Buffalo Bill Annual
(No. 12 1960)
   
 
Buffalo Bill True West Annual
(No. 13 1961)
     

 


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