|A recent survey in
England, Wales, Scotland and Northern
Ireland showed that the Beano was still
the most popular comic among eleven year
olds. If a similar survey was carried out
among comic collectors, I am sure that
the results would be the same - with
Beano at the top of the list, closely
followed by Dandy. At their peak in the
mid 1950s their circulation was said to
be over two million copies per week each.
If each copy was read only by two or
three children, the total readership was
staggering. One of the reasons for the
scarcity of early copies in the better
grades of condition is that very few
survived their readers' attention - an
indication of their popularity at the
the Menace (1951 - present)
Snooty (1938 - 1990)
Bash Street Kids (1954 - present)
The Magnet. A
weekly publication in the UK from 1908 to
The Magnet was based at Greyfriars school , close
to the sea, in southern England. It was
mainly based around the adventures of the
'Remove' a class of juniors at the school.
The Main Characters being the famous five.
( Harry Wharton, Bob Cherry, Johnny Bull,
Frank Nugent & Hurry Singh)
The most famous of all the characters was Billy
Bunter. The fat owl of the Remove.
The short sighted, grub raiding, 'owl' gained
fame throughout the 'Magnet' years and later
appeared in a number of other publications also
appearing on radio and T.V.
Nearly 90 years after his first appearance Bunter
remains popular today and fully deserves a place
on the Web.
The Adventures of Pip, Squeak and
Wilfred from the Daily Mail - first published in
My father who was born in
1919 often used to talk about Pip, Squeak and
Wilfred whom his remembered with some fondness.
You can click on the picture below for an
exploded view. I hope to be back here in due
course with some better pictures.
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