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The Beano comic is a British children's comic, published by D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd. The comic first appeared on 26 July 1938 and was published weekly. During the Second World War, The Beano and The Dandy were published on alternating weeks due to paper and ink rationing. D.C. Thomson's other publications also suffered with the Oor Wullie and The Broons annuals falling victim to paper and ink shortages. Paper and ink supplies were fully restored shortly after the end of hostilities and weekly publication of The Beano and The Dandy soon followed. As of 2007, over 3000 issues have been published.
Blast! was a British comic published by John Brown Publishing that ran monthly for seven issues from June to November 1991. It saw some of the earliest publications by modern comic talent including Warren Ellis and Gordon Rennie.
Buster was a long-running British comic (28 May 1960 - 4 January 2000) which carried a mixture of humour and adventure strips, although the latter genre would become a rarer occurrence as the comic went on. The title character, whose strip appeared on the front cover, was Buster Capp, who was originally billed as Buster: Son of Andy Capp and wore a similar flat cap to reinforce the connection. Buster often referred to his father who was seen in the comic attempting to find a gas leak in three frames of the 18 June 1960 issue. He was also shown in two drawn photographs in the 2 July 1960 issue, the first of which was displayed by Buster's mum with the pronouncement "It's a photo of Buster taken with Andy! You can see he's got his dad's fine straight nose". Buster's mum was often referred to by name and was consistently drawn to resemble Andy's wife Flo.
The Dandy is a long running children's comic published in the United Kingdom. It is published by D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd. The first issue was printed in 1937 and it is the world's second longest running comic.
The Eagle was a British weekly comic, which ran in two main incarnations over the period of 1950 to 1994 (with accompanying annuals). It is strongly associated with its flagship character, Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future, (created and illustrated by Frank Hampson in the earlier photogravure format), doing battle against the Mekon and other interplanetary foes.
Jack and Jill was a British children's comic published between 27 February 1954 and 29 June 1985, a run of approximately 1,640 issues. The title was derived from the nursery rhyme of the same title but the characters 'Jack and Jill of Buttercup Farm' were otherwise unrelated. 'Jack and Jill of Buttercup Farm' was the cover strip for many years, originally drawn by Hugh McNeill and later by Antonio Lupatelli. The stories of 'Jack and Jill' were related in rhyming couplets, as were a number of other early stories. Others were told in captions below the illustrations, a style of storytelling common to pre-war nursery comics such as Puck and Rainbow.
Mickey Mouse Weekly was published in the United Kingdom by Odhams Press in England from 1936 until 1959. The issue, number 34 of 26 September 1936, celebrated Mickey Mouse's 8th birthday.
Scream! was a British weekly comic anthology with a horror theme, running from 24 March 1984 until 30 June 1984, published by IPC Magazines. With a tagline of "not for the nervous", Scream! was supposedly edited by the fictional Ghastly McNasty. Ghastly's face was concealed by a hood, and a regular feature of the comic involved readers sending in drawings of what they believed he looked like. 15 issues were published before the title was cancelled due to an industrial printer's strike. Scream! was absorbed by Eagle, with the two most popular strips continuing in that publication. There were also five Summer Specials released, mostly consisting of reprints of horror-themed stories from IPC's back catalogue.
Smash! was a weekly British comic, published first by Odhams Press and then by IPC Publications Ltd from Fleetway. It ran for 270 issues, from 5 February 1966 to 3 April 1971, when it was merged into Valiant. During 1967 and 1968 Smash! was part of Odhams' Power Comics line, absorbing its sister titles Pow! on 14 September 1968 (issue 137) and Fantastic on 2 November 1968 (issue 144).
Spider-Man Comics Weekly was a Marvel UK publication which primarily published black-and-white reprints of American Marvel four-color Spider-Man stories. Marvel UK's second-ever title, Spider-Man Comics Weekly debuted in 1973, initially publishing "classic" 1960s Spider-Man stories (as well as Thor backup stories).
Tiger was a British comic. The comic was launched under the editorship of Derek Birnage on the 11 September 1954, under the name Tiger - The Sport and Adventure Picture Story Weekly, and featured predominantly sporting strips. Its most popular strip was Roy of the Rovers, a football based strip recounting the life of Roy Race and the team he played for, Melchester Rovers. This strip proved so successful it was spun out of Tiger and into its own comic. In the mid 70s the comic was merged with the football magazine Scorcher and became known as Tiger and Scorcher - unusually for such mergers it kept this title for several years. Later there was a further, less successful merger with another comic called Speed. The end finally came on 30 March 1985, with some strips moving to The Eagle.
The Victor comic was a British comic paper published weekly by D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd. The Victor ran for 1657 issues from 25 January 1961 until it ceased publication on 21 November 1992. Associated with it was the annually published The Victor Book for Boys. This annual was first published in 1964, with the last edition published in 1994. The Victor was a story paper in comic book format. It featured many stories that could be described as "Boy's Own" adventures. In particular, each week the front cover carried a story of how a medal had been won by British or Commonwealth forces during the Great War or the Second World War. One of these, from issue 15, appeared in Classics from the Comics in May 2009.
Whoopee! was a British comic that ran from (issues dates) 9 March 1974 to 30 March 1985, when it merged with Whizzer and Chips. It was published by IPC magazines. The first issue of Whoopee! ran to a generous forty pages, with a free gift in the form of a 'squirter ring'. The strapline exhorted potential readers to "get happy - get this paper!". Shiver and Shake merged with Whoopee! shortly after its launch in 1974, followed by Cheeky in 1980 and Wow! in 1983. Whoopee! annuals continued to appear well into the late 1980s, and a Best of Whoopee! monthly reprints comic was published for a few years in the early nineties.
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