Free Gift Transfers in Comics

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TV Comic: 1377 (5th May 1978) & 1378 (12th May 1978) — Skateboard Iron-On Action Transfers


Original photos courtesy of hup70

"Iron-On Action Transfer", eh? Hmmm. Well, Letraset did print iron-ons occasionally; & the term "Action Transfers" was a trademark. So I'm inclined to think Letraset probably did print these — although it could all just have been an innocent mistake in the wording.

Letraset isn't mentioned in the interior text, but then you wouldn't necessarily expect them to have been, even if they were responsible.

I've scanned the backs of these two iron-ons, which is straightforward enough…


…But scanning the reverse THROUGH THE PAPER doesn't get quite such good results, particularly when the paper itself is slightly foxed! There's only so much you can do in Photoshop; the foxing is actually darker than the black ink, once the paper covers the latter. Still, it gives you some idea as to how the outlines might appear when rubbed-down, however inferior to the real thing.


SPLAT Scan of the back of the next one:


I have no idea how hup70 got such a good result (below), unless the iron-on was actually applied — BLASPHEMY! (But erhaps there was more than one available, & it was felt one could afford to be sacrificed.)


Photo courtesy of hup70

Since the only text on the transfers is "© 1978 Polystyle Publications Ltd.", there's no confirmation that they were printed by Letraset.

While we're at it, in issue No.1427 (20th April 1979) you could get a free "Incredible Bulk" sticker. Probably not by Letraset… but I'm still mentioning it, just in case. They certainly had the technology to print this!


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