BRITISH COMICS

Site created: December 20th 2002

 

TWTW

Published November 2014

THIS WAS THE WIZARD

is a   256-page A4-size volume, which investigates thoroughly all aspects of the story paper across its 41 years of life. It includes a comprehensive 62-page introduction, illustrated with many rarely-seen photographs and drawings, and biographical information about the four editors and the many contributing artists, synopses of all its 831 serials accompanied by their heading block pictures and the names of the artists that drew them, a full list of the completes, with the names of their principal protagonists, and ten pages of illustrations of coloured front covers through its history (120 covers in all), also with the artists being credited.

The book also contains many examples of those enticing flyers advertising imminent Free Gifts, that were always inserted in other story papers or comics, a complete, copiously-illustrated list of those very Free Gifts, and a list of all the Cartoons, with quite a number of them illustrated, again all artists identified. The content of all ten Wizard annuals is included, with all known artists credited, the illustrations of which are in colour on the inside front cover. There is also a time-saving Quick Guide to the serials involving Key Characters, a Bibliography of Works Consulted, and an alphabetical Index of Serials. Brief biographies of the two authors appear on the inside rear cover.

This time read new episode from The Skipper:

THE TEAM OF BLINDED BATSMEN

See Below

 

 

Updated: November 25th 2014

This site deals mainly with the D. C. Thomson adventure papers of the last century and British Picture Libraries.

British comic list

Adventure was the first to be published September 17th 1921, The Rover March 4th 1922, The Wizard September 23rd 1922, The Skipper September 6th 1930 and The Hotspur September 2nd 1933, these publications became known collectively as:

 

THE ‘Big Five’

Adventure

No. 1

The Hotspur

No. 1

The Rover

No. 1

The Skipper

No. 1

The Wizard

No. 1

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and Information on: Adventure

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and Information on:

The Hotspur

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and Information on:

The Rover

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and Information on:

The Skipper

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and Information on:

The Wizard

In the late 50’s, early 60’s and 70’s these titles were merged

Click Here for stories and Information on: The Mergers

REFERENCE LINKS

With the introduction of the VICTOR AND HORNET some of these text stories found a new readership with the stories appearing in picture strip.

 

Visit Adrian Banfield’s web site on VICTOR AND HORNET comics at: Victor and Hornet comics

 

For information on all D.C. Thomson & Co., Ltd. Publications.

Inc: The Big Five, Beano, Buddy, Champ, Dandy, Hornet, Red Dagger, Victor, Warlord and many more.

 

Visit Kelly Boldero’s web site at: Kellys comics

 

 

 

Skipper Story:

THE TEAM OF BLINDED BATSMEN

Why did the best batmen in Midshire wear dark glasses?

The Mystery Cricket Team

First episode taken from the Skipper issue: 302 June 13th 1936.

 

Click Here to read the First episode.

 

If you do have a favourite story or memory you wish to relate or require information.

I may be able to help.

Or if you want to add information.

Send an e-mail to: v.whittle2@ntlworld.com

 

This page dedicated to my faithful companion who sat with me during the long hours formulating these pages.

Tania (Muttley)

10/08/1986 – 24/05/2003

 

Vic Whittle 2014

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