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Beezer

Publication Dates: 21 January 1956 – 15 September 1990
Number of Issues Published: 1808 (#1 – #1809)
Color: Colour Cover;
Black and White Interior
Paper Stock: Newsprint
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Was ongoing

Numbering continues in The Beezer and Topper (D.C. Thomson, 1990 series).

Beezer and Topper

Publication Dates: 1990 – 1993
Number of Issues Published: 153 (#1 – #153)
Color: Colour
Dimensions: UK A4
Binding: Saddle-stitched

Continued from The Beezer and Plug (D.C. Thomson, 1979 series) when Topper (D.C. Thomson, 1953 series) merged in, with the numbering restarted at #1.

The Beezer (called The Beezer and Topper for the last 3 years of publication) was a British comic that ran from (issues dates) 21 January 1956 to 21 August 1993.

Like its sister comic, The Topper, The Beezer was an A3 (tabloid) publication, twice as big as most other comics. It shrank to A4 paper size in 1981.

Comics that merged into The Beezer during its 37 year run were Cracker in 1976, and Plug in 1979.

The Beezer launched an annual, The Beezer Book, in 1957; this continued in publication following the closure of the weekly comic, and ran until the 2003 book (published 2002).

In September 1990, D. C. Thomson decided to rationalise their comics portfolio, and merged the Beezer with The Topper. Whereas most previous comic mergers saw the name of one of the ‘absorbed’ comics disappear, the Topper was considered significant enough for its name to be retained despite the merger, and as such the comic was renamed Beezer and Topper following the relaunch.

Beezer and Topper ceased publication as a weekly comic in 1993; when it closed it was essentially (unofficially) “merged” with The Beano, as this is where the bulk of surviving content from the comic (most prominently The Numskulls) ended up. (Some also went to D. C. Thomson’s other surviving weekly comic, The Dandy.)

Although the weekly Beezer and Topper had merged, the two comics’ annuals (The Beezer Book and The Topper Book) remained separate publications. The closure of Beezer and Topper led to the closure of the Topper annual as of the 1994 book (published 1993), but The Beezer Book continued in publication annually for some years thereafter, eventually ceasing with the 2003 book (published 2002). Other Beezer publications which continued after the weekly comic’s closure were The Best of Beezer (launched 1988, closed 1996) and The Beezer Summer Special (launched 1973, known as the ‘Holiday Special’ from 1998 onwards, closed 2002).

Vintage strips from the Beezer were published alongside stories from other D. C. Thomson publications in Classics from the Comics, which was published from 1996 to 2010.

Well known creators who worked for Beezer include:

Leo Baxendale
Gordon Bell
Paddy Brennan
David Law
Joe McCaffrey
Tom Paterson
Bill Ritchie
Dudley D. Watkins
Malcolm Judge
George Martin
Bob Dewar
John Geering

Notable strips :

“Adrian the Barbarian” (1989-83) – reprinted as of 19 July 2008 issue (3441) of The Beano as “Olaff the Madlander”. Drawn by Robert Nixon and Sid Burgon
“Baby Crockett” (1956-93), drawn by Bill Ritchie
“The Badd Lads” – a group of three criminals (Boss, Fingers and Knucklehead) always on the run or bungling an attempted crime. Drawn by Malcolm Judge, later by Barrie Appleby.
“The Banana Bunch” (1956-93) – about a group of kids, Brainy, Dopey, Lanky, Titch, Fatty, Cookie (1977-1979), Thatch (1977-1986), Sis (1994-). Drawn by George Martin. Robert Nixon, Gordon Bell and Tom Paterson. Now being reprinted in Dandy Xtreme.
“Barney’s Barmy Army”
“Beefy Dan The Fast-Food Man”
“Black Bun” – a rabbit stealing cabbages from a farmer. Drawn by George Martin
“The Black Sapper” – 1959 story about a thief who stole the Crown Jewels with his tunnelling machine called the Earthworm.
“Bushwacker” – an Australian father and his two children travelling in their “land yacht” multi-purpose verhicle, which later developed into a submersible helicopter, and finally, with the strip renamed “Spacewacker”, a spaceship.
“Cap’n Hand and his Merry Mutineers” – a pirate captain and his endlessly rebellious crew
“Colonel Blink, the Short-Sighted Gink” originally drawn by Tom Bannister, later drawn by Gordon Bell. A spin-off strip, “Blinky”, about the colonel’s equally short-sighted young nephew, was drawn by George Martin and Gordon Bell.
“Club 5” – Beezer’s own version of The Dandy’s “Cuddles and Dimples”
“Fred’s Bed” (1990-93) – recently reprinted in The Beano, but now new strips. Drawn by David Parkins and occasionally Tom Paterson.
“Geezer” (1989-93) – about a young boy who is always after money. Drawn by Robert Nixon, Trevor Metcalfe and Jimmy Hansen.
“Gnatasha” (1990-93) – The daughter of Gnasher and sister of Gnipper from The Beano in her own strip in the late 80s and early 90s. Drawn by Bill Ritchie
“Ginger” (1956-90 – whole Beezer run)- cover star in earliest issues, and from mid-1960s to 1987. Originally drawn by Dudley D. Watkins.
“The Gobbles” – a group of vultures always on the lookout for food.
“The Hillys and the Billys” – two feuding hillbilly families. This strip was surprisingly violent, with the families eager to shoot each other with shotguns – even to the point of co-operating in order to steal guns from the sheriff. Drawn by George Martin and later on by Barry Glennard
“Hungry Hoss” (1981-87) – a horse owned by Joe the cowboy robber who couldn’t stop eating. Drawn by Bill Ritchie
“The Iron Eaters” – sponges from space that ate iron, causing all kinds of problems
“The Jellymen” Five legged invaders from the deep
“Little Mo” (1964-93) – a generic resourceful/mischievous tomboy.
“The Munchers”(1981-86) – About a bunch of thieving rabbits. Drawn by Gordon Bell
“My Pal, Ropey”
“The Numskulls” – tiny people living in your head, each working in their own department: brain, eyes, nose, ears, and mouth. Now in The Beano.) Drawn by Malcolm Judge and later on by Tom Lavery and Steve Bright.
“Our Sheriff’s An Ape”- About a town with two sheriffs, one who’s human called Danny Blain, and another who’s an ape named Charlie.
“Paw, Maw and Porky” (1986-90) – Later on just called ‘Porky’. Drawn by John Geering
“Pop, Dick and Harry” – early cover story about twins trying to outsmart their father. In every issue.
“Saucy Sue” (1981-87)
“Smiffy” (1960s-88) – About a boy who liked getting dirty. Drawn by Bill Ritchie
“Space Patrol”
“Sting” (1988-93) – about a group of bees, (Originally called “The Beezers”). Drawn by Bob Dewar
“Tommy’s Toybox” – Tommy finds a toolbox from space and builds all kinds of interesting things
“True Brit” – a boy named Tommy Britain who appeared on the cover between 1987 and 1988.
“Tuff and Tiny” – About a young caveboy and his cowardly pet dragon. Drawn by Gordon Bell
“Twitt Hall”- Drawn by John Geering
“The Wallies of Winkle Street” (1984-87)- A family
“Young Sid The Copper’s Kid”- About a young lad called Sid and his dad PC 99. Drawn by George Martin

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UPDATE 26-09-2016

107-109,118-122,155,167-169,171,173,175,178,179,181,182,185-191,193,195,197-200

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201,369,729,841,895,908,982,983,985

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1008,1009,1015,1016,1022,1029,1034,1035,1055,1059

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Best of 11,21

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674,854,880,909,910,916,917,920,922,931,933

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UPDATE 10-02-2016

18 issues between 673-864

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10 issues between 865-968

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8 issues between 975-1148

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5 issues between 1149-1156

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5 issues between 1159-1163

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5 issues between 1164-1175

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10 issues between 1177-1344

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13 issues between 1356-1427

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17 issues between 1428-1674

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10 issues between 1710-1801

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and topper 1-4

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and topper 5-8

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and topper 9-12

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and topper 13-15

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and topper 50,143-147

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best of 5

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best of 8

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best of 9

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best of 11,21

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book 1966,1973,1974

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book 1975,1976

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book 1977,1978

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book 1979

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book 1980,1981

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book 1982

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book 1983

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book 1984

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book 1985

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book 1986

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book 1987,1988

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book 1989

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book 1990

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book 1991

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book 1992

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book 1993

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book 1994,1995

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book 1996

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book 1997-1999

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summer special 1980,1983-1986,1990,1999

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UPDATE 22-06-2015

24 issues between 110-1474

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6 issues between 1524-1698

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and Topper 126,148-150

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Book 1971,1972

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Summer Special 1974,1975,1988,1991,1992

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11 different issues between 381-1174

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10 different issues between 1177-1369

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26 different issues between 1371-1809

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Beezer and Topper 16-19

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Beezer and Topper 20-23

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Beezer and Topper 24-27

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Beezer and Topper 28-31

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Beezer and Topper 32-35

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Beezer and Topper 36-39

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Beezer and Topper 40-43

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Beezer and Topper 44-47

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Beezer and Topper 48,49,51,52

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Beezer and Topper 53-56

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Beezer and Topper 57-60

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Beezer and Topper 61-64

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Beezer and Topper 65-68

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Beezer and Topper 69-72

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Beezer and Topper 73-76

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Beezer and Topper 77-80

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Beezer and Topper 81-84

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Beezer and Topper 85-88

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Beezer and Topper 89-92

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Beezer and Topper 93-96

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Beezer and Topper 97-100

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Beezer and Topper 101-104

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Beezer and Topper 105-108

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Beezer and Topper 109-112

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Beezer and Topper 113-116

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Beezer and Topper 117-119

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Beezer and Topper 120,142,153

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Book 1958-1960

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Book 1961-1963

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Book 1964,1967,1968

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Book 1969, Summer Special 1982,1987

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