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Issue 1, cover art by Cormac (?), 1977
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The Belfast People's Comic was a satirical anthology published in Belfast in the 1970s.

The first issue is dated 24 September 1977. It's A4, 12 pages, unstapled, with a two-colour cover by (I think) Cormac. John Kindness contributed two two-page strips - "Jimmy Ripshite, the man that ate the cooked ham raw", about a sharply-dressed thug from 1910s Belfast, and "Spotting the Difference", sending up stereotypes of Protestants and Catholics - and Alastair Herron drew "William Stoat", adapting a song about a man who killed his wife to comics. Two other strips - "More Than Somewhat" and "The Humours of Planxty's Favourite" - whose authors are as yet unidentified.

The second issue is undated, but one of the strips is dated 1977. A4, 20 pages, unstapled, with a three-colour cover by John Kindness. Contents: "How Moderate Are You?" by Blotski (Ian Knox); "Council Confrontation", artist unidentified; "The Three Billys" by John Kindness, a four-page strip about three Protestants setting up a Loyalist navy; "Belfast Silly Street Poems" by Alastair Herron; "The Jubilee Giro", signed "Banba"; "A Country Fable" by Davy Francis, a two-page tale of marital strife leading up to a dreadful pun; "Wee Jimmy" by Davy Francis; "A Stroll in the Park", artist unidentified; "Sectarianism Rots Yer Teeth" by Cormac.

The third issue is also undated, but makes two references to Ian Paisley's "Save Ulster from Sodomy" campaign, which was launched in 1977. A4, 20 pages, unstapled, with a two-colour cover by (I believe) Cormac. Contents: "Wee Jimmy" by Davy Francis; "Fatty Gorbo (he'd ate anything)" by John Kindness; "Save Ulster from Sodomy!" by Cormac; "The Colonel Remembers", artist unidentified; "The Ballad of Yukon Bill" by Davy Francis; "Street Life" by Alastair Herron; "The Lads Go For a Jar" by John Kindness; "Boom Chikka", artist unidentified; "H Block: Who Cares?" by Cormac; a wordless two-pager about a builder being injured building a BUPA hospital and being treated on the NHS, by Blotski (Ian Knox); "Just a Song at Twilight" by Alastair Herron.

Artists I believe contributed but I haven't matched up with particular strips yet include Jonathan Livingstone, John Carson and Liam de Frinse. I am led to believe there was a fourth issue, but the Linen Hall Library don't have a copy.

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