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Publication Dates: 20 June 1964 – 13 January 1968
Number of Issues Published: 187 (#1 – #187)
Color: Colour Cover, Black & White Interior
Dimensions: Magazine-size
Paper Stock: Newsprint
Binding: Saddle-Stitched
Publishing Format: Was ongoing

Wham! was a weekly British comic published by Odhams Press. It ran for 187 issues from 20 June 1964 to 13 January 1968, when it merged into its sister title Pow!. Although Wham! was superficially a typical British comic in the mould of The Beano, its later issues (under the Power Comics imprint) included short instalments of The Fantastic Four reprinted from American Marvel Comics. To many of its readers, this move destroyed Wham’s originality and style.

The initial success of Wham! prompted the creation of sister titles Pow! and Smash! with similar intent, and led to the formation of the Power Comics line. But as costs rose in 1968, the inevitable adjustment of content, followed by mergers of titles, made the Power Comics more like those they were attempting to replace.

Created by Leo Baxendale, in its early issues Wham! presented both clear imitations of Beano strips, such as a clone of his Bash Street Kids in the shape of The Tiddlers, and new original strips such as Eagle Eye, Junior Spy and Georgie’s Germs in which he attempted to break the mould of older strips by the use of bizarre humour, outrageous puns, and surreal plots.

The cult figure Grimly Feendish, originally the most popular character in Baxendale’s Eagle Eye, Junior Spy strip, with the travelling accomplices (including bats, spiders, octopuses and other creatures of darkness and slime) who assisted Feendish in his schemes of world domination, graduated to his own comic strip in Smash! in 1966.

Strips included :

“Baby Whamster”
“Biff the Humbugs”
“Billy Binns and his Wonderful Specs”
“The Bouncers”
“Danny Dare”
“Doomsday School”
“Eagle-Eye, Junior Spy” (Leo Baxendale)
“Footsie the Clown”
“Frankie Stein” (Ken Reid)
“General Nitt and his Barmy Army” (Leo Baxendale)
“Georgie’s Germs”
“Glugg”
“The Good Sports”
“Jasper the Grasper” (Ken Reid)
“Johnny Straight” (retitled reprint of Zip’s “Wells Fargo”)
“Kelpie the Boy Wizard”
“Pest of the West”
“Sammy Shrink”
“School for Scoundrels”
“The Tiddlers” (Leo Baxendale)
“Tornado Jones”
“The Wacks”

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166-168,171,172,174,176-178,180










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181,182, Annual 1967-1970, and Pow Annual 1973







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6 responses »

  1. Anonymous says:

    Having problems with MEGA. Keep getting the message ‘Temporary error, retrying’

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    • boutje777 says:

      Yes, i know, Mega is irritating sometimes, i have the same with uploading also. When i try it the next day it’s working again. That is why i don’t upload new issues to it anymore. Let me know when i’t keeps failing, then i try the Wham issues uploading to google drive.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Still no luck with MEGA, any chance you could use Adrive for the Wham! comics? Thanks very much for all of the comics, I’ve been looking for years for some of these.

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    • boutje777 says:

      Here are the links for adrive.

      Wham1

      Wham2

      Wham3

      Wham4

      Enjoy.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Thank you, you’re a star!

        I don’t want to sound greedy, but is there a chance that you might have some issues of ‘Pow!’ or maybe the football comic ‘Scorcher’?

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    • boutje777 says:

      I only have 2 issues of Pow!, 86 and annual 1969, you can find them somewhere at various, from Scorcher i have nothing, i will keep an eye out for them.

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