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bigcomicb

Publication Dates: 1988
Color: Black and White
Dimensions: 226 mm x 280 mm
Paper Stock: Newsprint
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Ongoing Series

Reprints material from other Fleetway Publications: Buster, Cheeky, COR!!, Jackpot, Krazy, Monster Fun, Whizzer and Chips, Whoopee, and Wow

Big Comic Fortnightly run from 1987-1994. Not sure how many issues at present. BUT THERE WAS AT LEAST 158 Issues for sure. Maybe more. Let you know when I have a definite answer how many issues. Big Comic Annuals were a total of 8 from 1987-1994 for sure.

Big Comic Fortnightly was launched in June 1988. It was another addition to The Best of… family. You may well consider another Best of whilst other’s were running slightly odd, but Big Comic Fortnightly had a fairly extensive run through to 1994.

Possibly the strength in Big Comic was the fact it also brought back some of the strips from “dead” Fleetway comics like Krazy and Jackpot. Big Comic also tried to find the first strip for many characters so that you could see how the stories began.

Like The Best of Buster et al, Big Comic did not have a letters page, however it did have a jokes page where you could win £2 and also a toy of some kind (whatever was in fashion at the time).

It’s worth mentioning that Big Comic was also joined by Funny Fortnightly (1st Issue released 25th March 1989) another reprint comic featuring many old Fleetway Favourites. Funny Fortnightly eventually went monthly (changing its name to Funny Monthly) before folding.

Between 1987 and 1994 Big Comic produced an Annual. Funny Fortnightly gave us an Annual in 1991 and 1992.

In 1995, Big Comic & The Best of Buster/Whoopee/Whizzer & Chips did a kind of mass merger to produce BVC.

Fleetway’s answer to Big Comic Fortnightly, The Best of Buster, Whoopee, Whizzer & Chips. All of those titles had folded, but they were rerived in this short lived spin off.

BVC launched in April 1995 and ended in November 1995 literally without warning. I remember my Dad having a meeting with Mr Gee our local newsagent about why they’d stopped saving BVC, and he said it had just finished.

It was another Best of comic, but the emphasis was now on Best of Fleetway as opposed to one comic in particular. Again most of the strips came from the late 70s and 80s, with very few strips from way way back.

BVC was the first of the Best Of… comics to feature a letters page. In the early editions the prize was a mystery. However by Issue number 7 in May 1995, they were giving away a Super Soaker 10, with a Super Soaker XP75 for the star letter each month.

The final addition to the Buster family was Buster Classics. Despite the loss of The Best of Buster and BVC, Fleetway persevered with a final comic. Buster Classics was a monthly comic launched in February 1996. Once again it featured strips from the late 70s and 80s.

It could well have been a great chance to go right back into the archives of the 1960s & early 70s, but the opportunity was never siezed. Sadly, by September 1996 it had disappeared and became part of comic history. I say sadly because it was actually quite good. The final annuals from Fleetway were back in 1994 and the likes of Young Arfur, Walt Teaser, Gums etc had only made brief appearances in BVC or Best of Buster. It was good to relive some of the golden oldies.

Each month there would be a guest star normally from Whizzer and Chips. These included the likes of Lolly Pop and Sammy Shrink to name just two.

The Buster Classics letters page looks familiar. It was exactly the same format as BVC, with a Super Soaker prize. In fact in issue 1, the letters printed were left over from BVC.

Buster Classics was the last of the spinoffs. After eight months and a small price increase, it left us and with it a good chunk of history went too. Those old Buster favourites were lost, many of them never to be seen again.
(Information thanks to Jack)

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UPDATE 26-09-2016

Annual 1989,1990

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Annual 1991

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11 responses »

  1. Conrad says:

    found a corrupt file at UPDATE 26-09-2016: ukbigcb02.rar (Annual 1991)

    keep up the good work

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    • boutje777 says:

      Thanks, i made a new upload and link, just forget the errors that can come up, it’s because Google Drive can’t cope with bigger files sometimes, just choose download.

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  2. salfordnurse says:

    This also had a sister publication, if i remember correctly, it was published on the weeks, that Big comic wasn’t.
    It was called Funny Fortnightly, and as with Big Comic contained reprints from the same comics.

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  3. Jack says:

    Big Comic Fortnightly run from 1987-1994. Not sure how many issues at present. BUT THERE WAS AT LEAST 158 Issues for sure. Maybe more. Let you know when I have a definite answer how many issues. Big Comic Annuals were a total of 8 from 1987-1994 for sure.

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  4. Jack says:

    Big Comic Fortnightly was launched in June 1988. It was another addition to The Best of… family. You may well consider another Best of whilst other’s were running slightly odd, but Big Comic Fortnightly had a fairly extensive run through to 1994.

    Possibly the strength in Big Comic was the fact it also brought back some of the strips from “dead” Fleetway comics like Krazy and Jackpot. Big Comic also tried to find the first strip for many characters so that you could see how the stories began.

    Like The Best of Buster et al, Big Comic did not have a letters page, however it did have a jokes page where you could win £2 and also a toy of some kind (whatever was in fashion at the time).

    It’s worth mentioning that Big Comic was also joined by Funny Fortnightly (1st Issue released 25th March 1989) another reprint comic featuring many old Fleetway Favourites. Funny Fortnightly eventually went monthly (changing its name to Funny Monthly) before folding.

    Between 1987 and 1994 Big Comic produced an Annual. Funny Fortnightly gave us an Annual in 1991 and 1992.

    In 1995, Big Comic & The Best of Buster/Whoopee/Whizzer & Chips did a kind of mass merger to produce BVC.

    Fleetway’s answer to Big Comic Fortnightly, The Best of Buster, Whoopee, Whizzer & Chips. All of those titles had folded, but they were rerived in this short lived spin off.

    BVC launched in April 1995 and ended in November 1995 literally without warning. I remember my Dad having a meeting with Mr Gee our local newsagent about why they’d stopped saving BVC, and he said it had just finished.

    It was another Best of comic, but the emphasis was now on Best of Fleetway as opposed to one comic in particular. Again most of the strips came from the late 70s and 80s, with very few strips from way way back.

    BVC was the first of the Best Of… comics to feature a letters page. In the early editions the prize was a mystery. However by Issue number 7 in May 1995, they were giving away a Super Soaker 10, with a Super Soaker XP75 for the star letter each month.

    The final addition to the Buster family was Buster Classics. Despite the loss of The Best of Buster and BVC, Fleetway persevered with a final comic. Buster Classics was a monthly comic launched in February 1996. Once again it featured strips from the late 70s and 80s.

    It could well have been a great chance to go right back into the archives of the 1960s & early 70s, but the opportunity was never siezed. Sadly, by September 1996 it had disappeared and became part of comic history. I say sadly because it was actually quite good. The final annuals from Fleetway were back in 1994 and the likes of Young Arfur, Walt Teaser, Gums etc had only made brief appearances in BVC or Best of Buster. It was good to relive some of the golden oldies.

    Each month there would be a guest star normally from Whizzer and Chips. These included the likes of Lolly Pop and Sammy Shrink to name just two.

    The Buster Classics letters page looks familiar. It was exactly the same format as BVC, with a Super Soaker prize. In fact in issue 1, the letters printed were left over from BVC.

    Buster Classics was the last of the spinoffs. After eight months and a small price increase, it left us and with it a good chunk of history went too. Those old Buster favourites were lost, many of them never to be seen again.

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  5. Terry Bave says:

    Information on Fleetway’s Big Comic Fortnightly seems rather difficult to find, so I’ve decided to write a brief summary of the information I know. Big Comic Fortnightly began with the first issue dated 11th/24th June 1988, and was a complete reprint comic using strips from Buster, Whizzer and Chips and Whoopee. As the title suggest, it was on sale for two weeks and every issue boasted 52 pages for 35p – a bargain! The price rose steadily over time from 35p to 40p, and then again to 45p, by 1991 it cost 50p, in 1993 it cost 55p and then a year later it cost 70p!

    Occasionally Big Comic came with a free gift such as a badge or a balloon (as advertised above), but these were a rare treat. The first issue didn’t come with a gift, unusual for a new Fleetway comic.

    Most sources seem to say that Big Comic Fortnightly folded in 1994 but this isn’t true, it actually changed to Big Comic Monthly in 1995. I believe there is only one issue of Big Comic Monthly, numbered #170 (to continue on with Big Comic Fortnightly’s numbering), before it was replaced by BVC. Unfortunately my copy of Big Comic Monthly has had a sticker placed over the price, but I think it says £1.20. Big Comic Monthly did almost double its page count to 100 though, so the price wasn’t too ridiculous.

    Big Comic Fortnightly was popular enough to have a series of annuals and summer specials produced. The first of these was the 1987 annual, released for Christmas 1986. The annuals ran from 1987 to 1994, I used to have a full set of these but they got lost when I moved to New Zealand and now all I have managed to replace is the final one. The summer specials ran from 1988 to 1994. The first four had front covers very similar to the fortnightly comic but the last three had lovely full-colour illustrations by Terry Bave.

    In Summary Big Comic Fortnightly had 169 issue, then changed its name to Big Comic Monthly with issue 170, then changed its name again to BVC from issue 171 until its last issue.

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