Publication Dates: 15 October 1983 – 26 May 1984
Number of Issues Published: 33 (#1 – #33)
Publishing Format: Was ongoing
Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database
School Fun was a British comic book that ran from the issues dated 15 October 1983 to 26 May 1984, when it merged with Buster. As the name implies, the comic’s “gimmick” was that every strip revolved around school.
In addition to the School Fun Comics of 33 issues, there was also 4 Specials from the years 1984-1987 and 1 Annual of the year 1985. (Information thanks to Terry Bave)
Its strips included:
B.Ware Caretaker – a highly antagonistic caretaker, extremely irritated by mess, and trying to prevent schoolchildren’s enjoyment at every turn.
Chip Shop Chud – a naughty schoolboy who constantly sneaks out to takeaways rather than eat his mother’s cooking
Coronation Street School – a class where the pupils resembled popular Coronation Street characters.
Creepy Crawler – a tell-tale and sycophantic teacher’s pet who tends to end up irritating rather than helping his teacher. Creep joined Young Arfur after School Fun merged with Buster.
E.T.T. – a strip based on the contemporary E.T. movie, involving an alien teacher stranded on Earth and teaching at a local school.
Grange Hill Juniors – a strip containing various Grange Hill characters.
Junior Ed – the son of the School Fun editor.
Schoolditz – a class captured by the Nazis in the Second World War and trying to escape from a Colditz-style prison. Their plans founder because the headmaster often goofs up Gilligan-style. The headmaster redeems himself by saving the day in the final episode.
School Belle – featuring a highly egotistical schoolgirl who overrated her attractiveness, continually failing to manipulate schoolboys into doing her bidding. One time she was excited to get a job as a film extra with a hunky movie star, only to learn it is the set of a horror film where she has been cast as a vampire, and the movie hunk playing a vampire hunter.
Other strips, however, did have Belle “win”, as she had a rival named Grotty Glenda, and both girls often tried to gain the attention of Dishy Dave, a male classmate whose attitude towards his appearance mirrored Belle’s self-esteem.
School Team – a group of kids from Chumpion School, a place with an empty trophy cupboard, who seek to bring glory to their school by filling it. They often turn a bad situation to their advantage, such as when their school flag was damaged by overironing, they change the iron marks into trophy designs, causing the judges of a vexillogical competition to remark that is appropriate as “Chumpion School wins so many trophies!”
Slowcoach (from Whizzer and Chips) – “Slowcoach” is a nickname given to a schoolboy whose strips were near identical in the first and last scenes. The strip begins by Slowcoach at home being ordered by his parents (or sometimes his grandmother) to depart for school and admonished to not linger along the way. Inadvertently something distracts him. The penultimate strip would show the teacher sighing and remarking “I suppose Slowcoach will give us his grand entrance any minute, voicing the same excuse, as usual”, then the final strip shows Slowcoach remarking “Sorry I’m late, sir, but I’ve got an excuse” often surprising the teacher as Slowcoach was chased by tigers or received a commendation from the police for somehow foiling an armed robbery. Note: Slowcoach did not appear in the regular comic; it began after the merger with Buster.
Softy Sir – featuring a teacher presented as a complete wimp, similar to Walter The Softy, whilst his class runs riot around him. But Softy Sir always ends up with the last laugh. Softy Sir became Walt Teaser’s teacher after the merger.
Teachers United – a strip presenting all teachers as members of an extremely organised force bordering on a conspiracy against their schoolchildren, complete with a high-tech underground headquarters accessed via a staff cupboard.
Time Bus – a school bus that travelled through time before each school day. So the kids would always arrive at school on the back of a time travel adventure.
Walt Teaser – a schoolboy who would make fun at his classmates or anyone who catches his attention – but they always end up with the last laugh.
Willy Wonty – (added after a vote by readers upon six sample strips) – who can never make up his mind about anything.
Young Arfur – a strip featuring an enterprising Arthur Daley-like character, who always came up with dodges to get what he wanted – most often, worming his way out of schoolwork or helping his classmates to do so.
(Comicslist and descriptions : Thanks to Andy)
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Holiday Special 1984
Holiday Special 1985