The Funny Wonder. London: 24 Tudor Street [Harmsworth Bros.]. Vol. 11, no. 278. 28 May 1898.

While the technology of colour-printing on cheap paper (newsprint) was available in the 1890s, it was seldom used by comics publishers on account of the added expense. The above one-off coloured issue of The Funny Wonder was printed by the London Colour Printing Company. In the same month of 1898, Trapps Holmes & Company brought out a weekly comic, The Coloured Comic, which had a short run in four-colour print, before moving over to blue ink on white paper, while retaining that by now slightly misleading title. The first commercially successful colour-printed comic was the Amalgamated Press’s Puck (1904–40).

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