Publication Dates: 1974 – 1985
Number of Issues Published: 572 (#1 – #572)
Color: Colour Cover; Two Colour Interior
Dimensions: 22.5 cm x 28.5 cm
Paper Stock: Newsprint
Publishing Format: Was Ongoing Series
Whoopee! was a British comic that ran from (issues dates) 9 March 1974 to 30 March 1985, when it merged with Whizzer and Chips. It was published by IPC Magazines Ltd. and ran for 572 issues.
The first issue of Whoopee! ran to a generous forty pages, with a free gift in the form of a ‘squirter ring’. The strapline exhorted potential readers to “Get happy – get this paper!”.
Shiver and Shake merged with Whoopee! shortly after its launch in 1974, followed by Cheeky in 1980 and Wow! in 1983. Whoopee! annuals continued to appear well into the late 1980s, and a Best of Whoopee! monthly reprints comic was published for a few years in the early 1990s.
Ad Lad – a Les Gray lookalike obsessed with getting his face on television
Bleep! (from Wow!)
Blunder Puss (from Shiver and Shake)
Bookworm – a bespectacled, book-loving schoolboy
Boy Boss (from Wow!) – the nominal editor of a children’s comic, who annoyed his staff by preferring playground games to official business
Calculator Kid – a young boy with a distinctive rollercoaster-shaped hairstyle and a helpful calculator which helped him out of scrapes
Cheeky Chudley – (Bets on the ‘osses… it’s a no brainer!)
Cheeky (from Cheeky)
Creepy Car (from Shiver and Shake)
Creepy Comix (from Wow!)
Daisy Jones’ Locket
Dick Doobee – ‘Back to Front Man’, an innovative strip from The Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell
Evil Eye – a ghostly disembodied optic organ causes previously well-behaved citizens to indulge in criminal activities
Family Trees (from Wow!)
Frankie Stein (from Shiver and Shake) – a smiley-faced Boris Karloff lookalike
Ghoul Getters Ltd (from Shiver and Shake)
KBR – Kids Band Radio (from Wow!) – a spoof on the CB radio phenomenon, with similarly outlandish jargon (“the cakes have gonked on my chunker!”)
Kids Court – a courtroom for adults who do wrong to kids
Lolly Pop – a rotund, extremely rich and incredibly miserly man who begrudged his son almost everything
Mum’s the Word
Mustapha Million (from Cheeky) – a stereotypical Arab schoolboy who splashed money around to make his schoolmates’ lives more comfortable
Ossie (from Wow!)
Paddywack (from Cheeky) – a buck-toothed, curly-haired Irish labourer who enacted Irish jokes in three-panel strips
Scared-Stiff Sam – a hulking giant who was nonetheless scared of everything, including his own teddy bear
Scream Inn (from Shiver and Shake)
Shake (from Shiver and Shake)
Snarky Sharky (He Always Trips Over Fans!)
Shipwreck School (from Wow!)
Shiver (from Shiver and Shake)
Smiler – an eternally happy lad with a fixed grin
Stage School – a grumpy teacher takes a class full of budding comedians, dancers, musicians and novelty performers
Sweeny Toddler (from Shiver and Shake) – an ugly, mischievous, highly anti-social infant created by Leo Baxendale
Team Mates (from Wow!)
The Bumpkin Billionaires – a family of farm labourers win a fortune on the pools and spend all their time trying to give it away
Tom Horror’s World – a bespectacled budding inventor tries out his contraptions on his unwilling father, who usually comes off worst
Toy Boy – a plaything-obsessed lad, usually seen playing an accordion in the title frame
Trevor’s Treasure Tracker – boy with a metal detector
Willy Worry – a boy who misunderstood simple expressions (e.g. “I can see right through you”), taking them literally and worrying about the consequences.
(Comicslist thanks to Andy)
Whoopee had a total of 14 Annuals as follows, from 1975-1987 and then later 1 in 1992. Whoopee had a total of 19 Specials from 1974-1992.
Whoopee also printed Special Annuals And Special Specials of Frankie Stein, they are as follows : WHOOPEE! FRANKIE STEIN Annuals 1976 and 1977. Whoopee! Frankie Stein Specials from 1975-1982.
(Information thanks to Terry Bave)
Whoopee Frankie Stein Special 1979 [7 Pages]
Frankie Stein Special 1975,1977
Best of monthly 1986-04, Holiday Special 1974,1976
In case Annual 1976 is corrupt you can download this annual.
In case Annual 1979 is corrupt you can download this annual.
A new link for a complete Annual 1985.
Best of monthly 1988-10, 1989-02, 1989-03, 1989-05, 1990-05
13,31,44,46,66,93-95,104,106,111,113,115,117,139,370, annual 1977
484,490,495,505,506,514,515,518,554, Annual 1984,1986