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whizzer

Publication Dates: 4th November, 1969 – 1990
Number of Issues Published: 1093 (#4 November 1972 – #1092)

Ran for 1092 issues before merging with Buster comic in October 1990. The original idea was to have two comics in one – Chips could be pulled out from the center of Whizzer.

Whizzer and Chips was a British comic that ran from 18 October 1969 to 27 October 1990, when it merged with the comic Buster. As with most comics of the time, Whizzer and Chips was dated one week ahead of the day it actually appeared on newsstands in Great Britain.

The format of Whizzer and Chips was to have the comic divided into two separate parts, a novel idea at the time. One part was called Whizzer and the other was called Chips, with Chips existing as a separate pull-out section in the middle. The slogan was “Two comics in one, double the fun!”. It had no relation to earlier British comic Illustrated Chips. In the offices at Fleetway, it was always regarded as one comic.

In common with most British comics of the time, both sections originally included some of their strips in semi-colour using black, white, and red (duotone), with others in plain black and white. To reinforce the distinction between the two sections, the duotone strips in Chips were later changed to black, white, and blue. Whizzer and Chips went full colour on the week of 4 May 1990.

The comic Knockout merged with Whizzer and Chips on 30 June 1973, followed by Krazy in 1978,Whoopee! in 1985 and finally Scouse Mouse in 1989.

One ongoing concept was that the two comics were fierce rivals. A guest appearance by a character from one of the comic strips in the story of one in the other magazine would be described as a “raid”, and the other comic would seek its revenge with a raid of its own the following week. The first raid didn’t appear until issue 2.

Readers were encouraged to become either a “Whizz-Kid” or a “Chip-ite”, depending on which section they preferred. The leader of the Whizz-Kids was a boy called Sid and his snake Slippy, from the Sid’s Snake comic strip. The leader of the Chip-ites was a boy called Shiner from the comic strip of the same name, who had aspirations to become a boxer. In the first issue of Whizzer and Chips, Sid’s Snake was on the cover of Chips, as Shiner didn’t appear until issue 2.

Notable comic strips or characters in Whizzer throughout the comic’s 21-year run included:

– Belle Tent
– Bobby’s Ghoul
– Champ
– Doodle
– Happy Families
– Joker (from Knockout)
– Lazy Bones
– Me and My Shadow (from issue one, 18 Oct 1969 to 26 Dec 1970 then rested until its’ return on 1 Jan 1972
– Memory Banks
– Minnie’s Mixer (from issue one, 18 Oct 1969 until 23 Jun 1973 – merger with Knockout)
– The Mummy’s Curse (from issue one, 18 Oct 1969 until 26 Dec 1970)
– Mystery Museum
– Odd Ball
– Sid’s Snake
– Slowcoach (from issue one to 23-Jun-73 – merger with Knockout)
– Store Wars
– Strange Hill (also appeared in The Dandy )
– Sweet Tooth
– Sweeny Toddler (from Whoopee!)
– The 12½p Buytonic Boy (from Krazy) Later Known as Super Steve.
– The Bumpkin Billionaires (from Whoopee!)
– Timothy Tester (from 1 Jan 1972)
– Tiny Tycoon
– Toy Boy (from Whoopee!)
– Whizz Wheels

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UPDATE 04-10-2016

1969-10-25, 1975-11-29, 1975-12-27



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UPDATE 10-02-2016

1969-12-06, 1975-12-20, 1981-01-24, 1989-10-28, 1990-06-23





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UPDATE 08-07-2015

1 issue 1978, 5 issues 1980

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3 issues 1980, 4 issues 1982

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4 issues 1982

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4 issues 1983

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10 different issues 1969,1970

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10 different issues 1970,1971

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14 different issues 1971

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8 different issues 1971,1972,1973

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8 different issues 1973,1974,1975

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8 different issues 1975

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4 different issues 1975

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4 different issues 1975

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4 different issues 1975

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4 different issues 1975

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4 different issues 1975

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4 different issues 1975

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4 different issues 1975

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4 different issues 1975

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4 different issues 1975,1976

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4 different issues 1976

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6 different issues 19768 different issues 1976

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8 different issues 1976

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8 different issues 1976,1977

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12 different issues 1977

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8 different issues 1977

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12 different issues 1977

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12 different issues 1977,1978

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6 different issues 1978

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4 different issues 1978

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4 different issues 1978

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4 different issues 1978

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4 different issues 1978

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4 different issues 1978,1979

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10 different issues 1979,1980

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12 different issues 1980,1981,982

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10 different issues 1982,1983,1984

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6 different issues 1984

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6 different issues 1984

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8 different issues 1984

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6 different issues 1984

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6 different issues 1984,1985

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8 different issues 1985

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16 different issues 1985,1986,1987

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14 different issues 1987,1988,1989

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