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Follyfoot Annuals 1973-1978

Follyfoot was one of the 1970s television experiences most pony mad children of the era shared. The series was based on Monica Dickens’ novel Cobbler’s Dream, in which hero Paul rescues the pony Cobbler’s Dream from his abusive owner, though not before she has blinded him in one eye. He takes the pony to a home of rescue for horses in the Midlands (and incidentally changes name: he is Paul in Cobbler’s Dream, but Steve in most of the Follyfoot novels). Monica Dickens wrote a series of four Follyfoot stories: whether series or books came first I do not know. The Follyfoot Annuals were not, I think, written by Monica Dickens. Five were produced, and follow the same format of comic strip stories, factual articles and puzzles.


Follyfoot, the comic strip, first saw the light of day in Look In magazine. It was written by Angus Allan and illustrated by Mike Noble, Stanley Houghton, and Martin Asbury, and ran from 1971-1974. There’s a picture of Mike Noble and some original artwork here.


Finding the annuals: none of the annuals are particularly hard to find, but pricing is on the eccentric side, to say the least. Reasonably priced copies will generally turn up if you are prepared to wait.


Links and sources

Follyfoot in Look In, Follyfoot-tv.co.uk

More on Monica Dickens

Many thanks to Jane, who supplied nearly all the photographs and information for this section.


Follyfoot Annual 1973

World Distributors for Yorkshire Television Limited, 1972


As well as features and puzzles, the following comic strips appeared:


Odds Against the Favourite

Davy's Daring Rescue

The Mystery Mare

Mystery at Follyfoot

Lost in the Snow!

The Wild West Riding!

Follyfoot Annual 1974

World Distributors for Yorkshire Television Limited, 1973


This annual contained features on horses, puzzles, and comic-strip style stories. These
included:


Hidden Treasure

Foul Play at Follyfoot

Riders’ Relay

The Circus Secret

One Stormy Night

Dora Saves the Day




Follyfoot Annual 1975

World Distributors for Yorkshire Television Limited, 1974


The usual mixture of articles, puzzles and comic strip stories.


Red Tempest

The Stranger

Slugger's Secret

Gipsy Rock

Queen for a Day

Hideout at Follyfoot

Phantom at Follyfoot


Follyfoot Annual 1976

World Distributors for Yorkshire Television Limited, 1975


The usual mixture of articles, puzzles and comic strip stories.


One Good Turn

The Secret Shooting

Dora Lends a Hand

Accident

A Star is Born

A Rival for Dora

Follyfoot Annual 1977

World Distributors for Yorkshire Television Limited, 1976


The usual mixture of articles, puzzles and comic strip stories.


Save the Shires

A Favour Returned

Flags at Follyfoot

A Joker in the Pack

Firefly

Gipsies and Gorgios

Slugger and Spice