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Publication Dates: 29 February 1964 – 3 April 1971
Number of Issues Published: 359 (#29 February 1964 – #3 April 1971)
Color: Colour

The 6 June 1970 and 13 June 1970 issues were combined in one.
There were no issues between the 14 November 1970 and 6 February 1971 issues.

Valiant was the title of a British boys adventure comics anthology which ran from 1962 to 1976. It was published by IPC Magazines and was one of their major adventure titles throughout the 1960s and early 1970s.

The title went through a number of name changes and mergers, although always returning to its simpler one-word name. On 23 February 1963, it merged with Knockout, and later, with Smash! in 1971, It was briefly published for one week as “Valiant” again on 25 September 1971 then Valiant and TV21 on 2 October 1971 and Lion on 25 May 1974 and it merged with Vulcan Comics on 10 April 1976.

After many years, Valiant began to seem old-fashioned when the first of a new type of comic was launched, the first issue of Battle Picture Weekly, in 1975. It suffered further when Pat Mills launched Action in February 1976. Attempts by John Wagner to update the title were initially successful, but it struggled to find a place in the market against these tougher adventure titles. Valiant limped on for a few months, but finally merged with Battle Picture Weekly in October 1976.

In June 1963, Valiant brought out the first two (per month) issues of the digest sized “Valiant Picture Library” which featured stories which were nothing to do with the comic. They cost one shilling (5p) each.

On 19 March 2012, the Royal Mail launched a special stamp collection to celebrate Britain’s rich comic book history. The collection featured The Beano, The Dandy, Eagle, The Topper, Roy of the Rovers, Bunty, Buster, Valiant, Twinkle and 2000 AD.

Valiant contained a mix of conventional war stories, such as Captain Hurricane, which was a humorous strip set in World War II about a massive ex-sea skipper who became a Captain in the Royal Marines, and who could be provoked into “ragin’ fury” berserker rages which gave him great strength; classic humour strips, such as Billy Bunter; and classic detective strips, such as Sexton Blake.

But it also had a number of innovative new heroes. In Kelly’s Eye, for instance, Tim Kelly wore a jewel called the Eye of Zoltec (obtained from a Mayan idol) around his neck, which protected him from all harm, making him invulnerable. Adam Eterno (who originally appeared in Thunder) was thousands of years old, and could only be slain by a fatal blow from a weapon made of gold. The House of Dolmann featured an inventor who constructed remote controlled “dolls”, or puppets, with strange abilities, such as stretching, drilling, and vision powers, that helped him in his fight against crime. Jack o’Justice, always accompanied by his girlfriend and eventual wife Moll Moonlight, was a swashbuckling 18th century adventurer who was essentially another crimefighter; both Jack and Moll were experts with their swords and on horseback. In time, the Jack o’Justice stories ended and the series was replaced by Jack Justice, a contemporary crimefighting adventurer who was the direct descendant of Jack and Moll.

The celebrated anti-hero, The Steel Claw, with his fantastic power of invisibility and the capability to electrocute his enemies, due to his body’s ability to store electric current, would influence comic creators such as Alan Moore and David Lloyd. Mytek the Mighty, a giant robot ape, started out as a villain in the hands of a criminal, but eventually became a hero who battled other robots and giant creatures.

There was also a two-page text story titled Jason Hyde, about a character from whose eyes poured light blue rays (he normally wore dark sunglasses) that allowed him to see through things and read minds. He had many strange adventures: including deep inside the Earth; in another dimension; fighting giant spiders; and fighting a man with incredible powers.

The stories were well written, being mainly 2 or 3 pages long, and in black and white (apart from the coloured covers). Many of them continued week after week, with cliff-hanger endings.

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UPDATE 03-10-2016

1968 1x, 1969 4x, 1972 3x, 1973 2x

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1973 1x, 1974 8x

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1974 9x, 1975 2x

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1975 3x, 1976 3x

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1976 8x

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1976 2x, And Smash summer special 1971, And tv21 summer special 1972

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Annual 1964,1966

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Annual 1967,1968

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Annual 1969

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Annual 1971

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Annual 1972

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Annual 1973

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Annual 1975

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Annual 1976

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Annual 1977

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Annual 1978,1979

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Annual 1980,1092

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Book of mystery and magic 1976, Picture library 137

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UPDATE 06-07-2015

4 issues 1970

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8 different issues 1962

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14 different issues 1968,1969

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6 different issues 1972,1973,1975, Annual 1965

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Picture Library 11,28,70, Space Special 1967

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Space Special 1968, Summer Special 1967

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Summer Special 1968,1969

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5 responses »

  1. Anonymous says:

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  2. Jimmy says:

    UKValiant download 8 and 9 had corrupted files, thanks!

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    • boutje777 says:

      Thanks for letting me know, i checked them but they appeared to be fine. Sometimes the download goes not as it should and when you try it again at a later time everything is well. Let me know if the problem stay’s, i will make new uploads in that case.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    ukvaliant 09…the 1969 annual seems faulty. Downloaded twice at different times.

    However, this site is brilliant and long may it run. Thank you for putting a lot of ‘hard to find’ files in one place. I’m enjoying it immensely. Cheers!!!

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