Publication Dates: 1980 – 1980
Number of Issues Published: 31 (#1 – #31)
There was a five week gap in publication due to industrial action.
No issues were produced dated 24 May 80, 31 May 80, 7 Jun 80, 14 Jun 80 and 21 Jun 80
Speed was launched by IPC on 23rd February 1980, and ran for 31 issues until 25th October 1980 before being merged with the long running sports themed comic Tiger. Speed was an adventure comic with an eclectic mix of strips including Journey to the Stars by Ron Turner (a lightweight sci-fi strip about a family stranded in space), Baker’s Half Dozen by Mike Western (a war strip which wouldn’t have been out of place in Battle), Topps on Two Wheels (starring cycle motorchampion Eddie Topps) and and probably the title’s most successful series, Death Wish, about a disfigured stuntman who takes absurd risks because he no longer cares whether he lives or dies. Death Wish outlasted not only Speed but also Tiger, ending up in the pages of Eagle after the latter title folded in March 1985. Speed annuals were published in 1981 and 1982.
“The Fastest Footballer on Earth”
“Journey to the Stars”
“Quick on the Draw”
“Topps on Two Wheels”
30,31, Summer Special 1980