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The Hotspur was the last of the ‘Big Five’ to be published.

The first issue appeared September 2nd 1933 and ran to 1197 issues.

With the last issue (1197) October 17th 1959.

The New Hotspur was launched the following week October 24th 1959 and contained picture stories.

There were several merges with this publication inc: The Hotspur and Hornet 1976, Victor and Hotspur 1979, Hotspur and Crunch 1980, and the final demise January 24th 1981 with issue 1110, when it was incorporated with The Victor.

The mainstay of this story paper from the beginning were the Red Circle stories.

I didn’t personally read The Hotspur but I must admit that the cover illustrations certainly caught the eye.

 

Below are some of the characters featured:

CANNONBALL KID, CAPTAIN ZOOM, CHARLIE THE KETTLE, GREAT BIG BENN, HOPPY THE HOBO, JOHNNY JETT, KARGA

LEATHERFACE, NAPPER TODD, THE CLUTCHER, THE IRON TEACHER, THE SMASHER, THICK-EAR DONOVAN.

 

And the stories:

RITCHIE-HE BUILDS FOOTBALLERS!, SAMMY THE FEARLESS FUNK, THE GUN MASTER, THE IRON MEN OF THE SEA, THE MYSTERY OF THE SLEEPING ATHLETES,

THE SCARLETT SPADE, THE TERRIBLE QUESTS OF BLIND MCGRAW, TONGUE-TWISTING CHAMPION OF BRITAIN, TOMMY GUNN AND TRIGGER,

TOO OLD AT TWENTY.

 

A SELECTION OF THE HOTSPUR COVERS

4

10

39

79

September 23rd

1933

November 4th

1933

May 26th

1934

March 2nd

1935

281

324

336

351

January 14th

1939

November 11th

1939

February 3rd

1940

May 18th

1940

423

435

453

471

October 25th

1941

April 11th

1942

December 19th

1942

August 28th

1943

483

526

542

556

February 12th

1944

October 6th

1945

May 18th

1946

November 23rd

1946

669

701

744

788

September 3rd

1949

April 15th

1950

February 10th

1951

December 15th

1951

906

973

1155

1197 (Last issue)

March 20th

1954

July 2nd

1955

December 27th

1958

October 17th

1959

 

Following are a selection of stories featured in THE HOTSPUR:

AT SCHOOL IN 1975

This story appeared in the Hotspur in 1936 and gave readers

a glimpse of what school would be like in 1975.

Taken from the Hotspur issue 164 dated October 17th 1936.

 

Click here to read the First & Last episode’s.

 

RED CIRCLE SCHOOL STORIES:

These stories were the mainstay for The Hotspur and appeared from the beginning.

 

Click here to read ‘Japers of the Red Circle’ from the first issue of The Hotspur September 2nd 1933.

 

Click here to read a Red Circle Story.

 

Click here to read a double episode of Red Circle.

 

THE BADGE OF THE BOLD:

A great new yarn about doctors who had to save their patients from the jungle—and the Japanese Army!

This first episode appeared in the Hotspur in 1955.

 

Click here to read the first episode of The Badge of the Bold.

 

CHARLIE THE KETTLE:

Charlie, a small time crook, becomes a British spy.

 

Click here to read the first episode of Charlie the Kettle.

 

CUTLASS CARRIES THE MAILS

Storms, Pirates, Fires at sea—All these dangers have to be faced and

fought by the men of the first Royal Mail ships.

Taken from the Hotspur issue 938 dated October 30th 1954.

 

Click here to read the First episode.

 

DANNY DIXON’S LAZY, CRAZY RAILWAY

The man with more grit than the desert railway he runs!

Taken from the Hotspur issue 1013 dated April 7th 1956.

 

Click here to read the last episode.

 

THE FACE IN THE BOX:

The strange story of the face that can save the world from destruction.

 

Click here to read the final episode of The Face in the Box.

 

THE GUN DOCTOR:

His patients are Colt six-guns, Winchesters, Derringers, Carbines—Anything that fires hot lead.

This first episode appeared in the Hotspur in 1951.

 

Click here to read the first episode of The Gun Doctor.

 

HYSTERICAL HISTORY:

The first tale about the Clotwolds, Who Made The King Bathe, the story of King Canute.

 

Click here to read the first episode of Hysterical History

 

THE IRON TEACHER:

The Iron Teacher appeared in The Hotspur in 1942.

He was controlled by his inventor, Sim.

 

Click here to read the first episode of The Iron Teacher.

 

THE LAST ROCKET TO VENUS:

It tells of the world’s doom 8000 years from now – and mankind’s 60 million mile flight into space for safety.

This first episode appeared in the Hotspur in 1939.

 

Click here to read the first episode of The Last Rocket to Venus.

 

THE MARK OF LAUGHING TOM:

The story of Thomas Telford, stone mason.

 

Click here to read an episode of The Mark of Laughing Tom.

 

NAPPER TODD:

Napper Todd, football is his game, below read two episodes.

 

Click here to read an episode of Napper Todd.

 

Click here to read the first episode of Ninety-Minute Napper.

 

NEPTUNE’S CHIMNEY:

The startling story of the men who flew to a city at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean

This first episode appeared in the Hotspur in 1952.

 

Click here to read the first episode of Neptune’s Chimney.

 

THE SHIPS THAT WORE FALSE FACES:

A deep sea detective seeks a fleet of stolen ships!

This complete story appeared in the Hotspur in 1956.

 

Click here to read the first episode of The Ship that wore False Faces.

 

OUR TEACHER’S A PIRATE:

Every boy would have like to have sailed the Spanish Main on board a pirate ship.

Here’s the thrilling story of a class of boys who had to!

This first episode appeared in the Hotspur in 1953.

 

Click here to read the first episode of Our Teacher’s a Pirate.

 

S.O.S. FROM PLANET X:

The story of two London policemen who get the job of starting a police force—on another world.

 

Click here to read the first episode of S.O.S. From Planet X.

 

THE WRONG WAY RECORD BREAKER:

This is a complete story and part of the Norton Leyland Series which appeared in the Hotspur issues 1027 – 1038.

 

Click here to read this episode.

 

Vic Whittle 2010

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