The back of the annual had the same image, as did many Beano annuals of this decade.
Autographs were the selfies of their time - how else could you get proof that you'd met your favourite comic stars but the Beano Annual?
One of the last remaining adventure stories, Billy the Cat and Katie had a much more kinetic 'graphic novel' style of storytelling, with unconventional panel shapes - a far cry from its text-heavy predecessors.
This beautiful 2-page drawing follows on from the story. Despite only using 2 colours of ink, the action lines and crosshatching give the image motion and depth.
You didn't think that every Beano fave could fit across one page, did you?