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Diana was something of a ground-breaking comic.

For starters, when it launched in 1963 it broke away from DC Thomson's customary format cheap newsprint and two-colour printing, presenting full colour rotogravure printing and competing directly with Fleetway's June and Princess. Like those two comics it combined picture stories with features and prose pieces; but where the features in Fleetway's titles still largely revolved around the traditional girls' comics preoccupations of flower arrangement, cookery, needlework and so on, Diana may have been the very first girls' comic to offer general knowledge features, somewhat in the mould of Look and Learn or Odhams' Boys' World.

It may also have been the first British weekly since the early 1950s to contain overt horror stories. In most cases the "horror" was closer to the "spooky mystery" style favoured by the American publisher DC during the 1960s, but there was plenty of it in Diana, and the stories gradually became more intense and scary during the 1970s. It might be fair to say that Diana paved the way for the full-blown girls' horror comics of the late 1970s, Thomson's Spellbound and IPC's Misty.

Finally, it was an important step in Thomson's creation of an integrated range of comics for girl readers from school entry level to late teens. Readers who had grown through and out of Mandy, Judy and Bunty but were not yet interested in the romantic preoccupations of Romeo or Jackie could turn, in Diana, to a mid-point which offered tougher, more challenging entertainment and educational value.

Thomson kept it going until 1976, by which time its role as an intermediary level for young teenage readers had largely been superseded by the new wave of pop magazine-styled comics such as IPC's Pink. It was merged with Jackie - but its more direct successor, launched early in 1977, was Thomson's primary pop magazine-styled venture, Blue Jeans. General knowledge as out, the Bay City Rollers were in... - MikeK

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