The Topper it was published in tabloid format until; 1980 and so was another scanner-pain.
You can see cover star Ginger above there, who was an even more tedious version of Oor Wullie, both created by Dudley Watkins.
This Christmas issue shows us plenty of well-remembered Beezer characters, but if your favourite isn't here.... well, chances are it was a Topper character. They're like that.
First up is Britain's answer to Mr Magoo: Colonel Blink:
Next up: The Numskulls, a brilliant idea about the little people who live in a man's head and control him. Like that new Pixar film.
As with Topper's Tricky Dicky, this is the only Beezer strip that still survives, now drawn by Nigel Auchterlounie, in The Beano. It's passed through many different hands and styles in the meantime.
Here is the nose Numskull visiting the eye Numskull. They're planning to get The Man to stuff his face with Christmas dinner:
The fat kid tries to get extra helping of pudding (fat kids, eh?) and ends up pursued by nightmarish hell-beasts:
Young Sid, The Copper's Kid is fairly self-explanatory.
The Krazy Gang.
After the fat kid, Fatty, sneakily eats the food put out for Santa (fat kids, eh?), jolly old St Nick himself snacks on their Christmas dinner:
Cracker was a comic launched in 1975 and just a few months before this issue was published had ceased, merging into Beezer. It existed for a short while as a pull-out section, published sideways so that it maintained its same size and format in The Beezer's tabloid sized pages.
On the "cover" is Cracker mascot and answer to the question "What would a Gremlin look like in human form?", Sammy. Sammy hosts reader jokes in the form of cartoon, with a "laughometer" running along the bottom of the panels.
Inside is Scrapper, a kid who gets into violent scrapes. He loves fighting. And his punchline takes place on the day after Christmas:
Secret agent adventure next with Iron Hand, an adventurer with... well, an iron hand. It can do various Inspector Gadgetty-type tricks.
Little 'Orror is about a child who is only interested in the macabre while his parent just want him to be normal. I have goth friends who I'm sure can relate.
Now Billy is (get this) a rough little "menace" of a kid with back spiky hair whose best friend is his equally menacing dog.