After TV Week’s fab cover for Bluey, there have been some questions about whether it is indeed their first animated cover or not.
Reader Andrew (who runs the excellent TelevisionAU history blog), noted that TV Week has featured other animated characters prior to Bluey.
In November 1995 Bart Simpson was featured in a Top Ten “Shows You Love to Watch” alongside Seinfeld and Home & Away.
But there are also much earlier covers.
In 1959 Mickey Mouse was side by side with Annette Funicello from the famed Mickey Mouse Club.
..and in TV Week’s own 40th anniversary edition, they refer to a 1958 edition with Donald Duck as the “first overseas cover star.”
There was also a Flintstones cover in 1961 (thanks to reader Stevie G for pic).
Whilst not cartoon, other puppet animations on the cover include Gerry Gee, Alf, Miss Piggy and ET.
But Bluey is still much welcomed and deserved..