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Publication Dates: 4 March 1939 – 1963
Number of Issues Published: 1249 (#1 – #1251)
Color: Colour Cover; Black and White Interior
Dimensions: 11 1/2″ high, 9 1/4″ wide
Paper Stock: Newsprint
Binding: Saddle-stitched (some loose)
Publishing Format: Was ongoing

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

Started 4th Mar 1939, ended 16th Feb 1963. Merged with Magnet 1941, became Knockout and Magnet until 1945, then just Knockout again. Merged with Valiant. Number of issues 1251 or thereabouts. The issue dated 22-03-1947 was numbered 419,420,421.

The first, published by the Amalgamated Press (later Fleetway Publications), was launched by editor Percy Clarke and sub-editor Leonard Matthews in 1939 to compete with The Dandy and The Beano, launched by DC Thomson in 1937 and 1938 respectively. Like its rivals, it featured a mixture of humour and adventure strips and illustrated prose stories. Matthews recruited Hugh McNeill, a former Beano artist, as the title’s main humour artist, and his strips “Our Ernie” and “Deed-a-Day Danny” were very popular. Two characters were imported from the prose story papers – Billy Bunter, formerly of The Magnet, initially drawn by C. H. Chapman, later by Frank Minnitt, and Sexton Blake, initially drawn by Jos Walker, later by Alfred Taylor, Roland Davies and definitive Blake illustrator Eric Parker. After the Second World War the title featured more adventure strips, and Matthews, who was promoted to editor in 1948, recruited artists including Sep E. Scott, H. M. Brock, D. C. Eyles and Geoff Campion to draw them. The title lasted 1251 issues, from (cover dates) 4 March 1939 to 16 February 1963, absorbing The Magnet in 1940 and Comic Cuts in 1953, before being merged into Valiant.

The second ran from (issues dates) 12 June 1971 to 23 June 1973, when it merged with Whizzer and Chips.

Its strips included:

Beat Your Neighbour (comic strip)
Boney
Booter
Dead Eye Dick
Fuss Pot
Joker
Pete’s Pockets
Sammy Shrink
Stinker
The Group
The Haunted Wood
The Super Seven
The Toffs and the Toughs
Thunderball
Wanda Wheels
Whistler
Windy

Second run: 106 Issues.

Knockout First Series Annuals were a total of 22 in all from the years 1941-1962 and Knockout Second Series Annuals were a total of 13 in all from the years 1973-1985.
The Magnet was published from 15th February 1908 until 18th May 1940. It had a total of 1,683 issues. Originally it was known as THE MAGNET LIBRARY and it dropped LIBRARY from its title on 10th August 1929. Eventually it was incorporated into the KNOCKOUT. (Information thanks to Frank McDiarmid)

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UPDATE 26-01-2018

1st Serie 492,624, Annual 1984



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UPDATE 29-10-2017

1st Serie 1223-1229

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1st Serie 1230-1232,1235-1237

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1st Serie 1238,1239,1241-1245

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1st Serie 1246-1248,1250,1251

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UPDATE 14-06-2017

1st Serie 472,479,483,1121,1122





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UPDATE 29-09-2016

1st Serie 408,410,411,434,542,543,552-555

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1st Serie 642,648,653,654,658-663,667

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1st Serie 668,669,1135,1136, Annual 1962

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Annual 1979

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Annual 1981

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Annual 1982

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Annual 1983

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2nd Serie 4,8,9,71,74,79.81,82,91,92

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Second Serie 93 1st Serie 182,325,332,335,338,339,351,354,356

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1st Serie 365,366,369,370,379-384

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1st Serie 386-388,390,397,398,400,402-404

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1st Serie 405-407,416,418,419,422,423,435,437

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1st Serie 443,447,457,461,495,496,509,510,512,513

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1st Serie 514-518,520-524

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1st Serie 525,527,528,530-535,546

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1st Serie 551,557-563,567,570

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1st Serie 571-573,575,576,579,581-584

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1st Serie 588,589,597,599,601-604,611,612

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1st Serie 613-615,640,641,643,645,649,652,672

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1st Serie 673-675,678-680,682,683,688,689

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1st Serie 690-692,694-698,711,712

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1st Serie 713,716-722,724,725

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1st Serie 726-732,770,772,773

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1st Serie 789,897,1110-1113,1115-1118

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1st Serie 1160,1162,1165,1179,1180,1218,1220,1233,1234,1240,1249

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Annual 1957, Fun Book 1955

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11 responses »

  1. Frank McDiarmid says:

    Knockout First Series Annuals were a total of 22 in all from the years 1941-1962 and Knockout Second Series Annuals were a total of 13 in all from the years 1973-1985.

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  2. Frank McDiarmid says:

    The Magnet was published from 15th February 1908 until 18th May 1940. It had a total of 1,683 issues. Originally it was known as THE MAGNET LIBRARY and it dropped LIBRARY from its title on 10th August 1929. Eventually it was incorporated into the KNOCKOUT.

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  3. L. B. James says:

    Thanks for these! 🙂

    I think the description at the top of this page is a little confusing. It says “The first…” First what? The Wikipedia article begins with the helpful sentence: “Knockout may refer to one of two British comics.” which would help here too.

    I’d never even heard of the earlier Knockout comic, it looks like a completely and totally different kind of comic, totally serious, while the later Knockout comic is pure humour. Maybe these two comics should have two different pages?

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  4. Terry Bave says:

    Knockout [1939] first series and Knockout [1971] second series date and numbering guides now ready in dropbox. Knockout Annuals first series 1944, 1958-1961 and Knockout Annuals second series 1973-1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1985 coming near you soon.

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  5. Terry Bave says:

    Knockout 0686 [1952-04-19] now available

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  6. Terry Bave. says:

    Clarification time. There were two comics called Knockout. The first of 1251 issues was published by The Amalgamated Press Ltd, eventually becoming Fleetway Publications Ltd. It had Culminated by merging into Valiant comic.

    The second of 107 issues was published by Ipc Magazines Ltd. It Culminated by merging into Whizzer & Chips.

    I agree that you should have two separate pages to make the distinction clear.

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    • boutje777 says:

      Thanks, i will attend to this when i find some time after the updates next week. I allready split them in 1st and 2nd series, so most of the work is done allready.

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