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Publisher: IPC
Publication Dates: 1971 – 1974
Number of Issues Published: 171 (#1 – #171)
Publishing Format: Was ongoing

Numbering continues from Scorcher (IPC, 1970 series) #125

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

Scorcher was the name of a football-themed British comic magazine published by IPC between January 1970 and June 1971. In July 1971, it joined with another football-themed comic, Score, to form Scorcher and SCORE, before finally merging into Tiger to become TIGER and Scorcher. The word Scorcher started with almost equal prominence to TIGER on the title page, but as usually happens with such mergers the title size was reduced in November 1975, and again in February 1978 before finally being dropped from the title of the comic after the issue dated 30 August 1980. Scorcher featured various well-known comic strips, such as Billy’s Boots, Bobby of the Blues and Lags Eleven, a story about a prison football team. In addition, the Nipper story was absorbed from Score comic and Hot Shot Hamish made its first appearance in the Scorcher and SCORE period. Some of these stories later found homes in Roy of the Rovers in addition to Tiger.

IPC Magazines, the publishers of Scorcher, always referred to it as a “paper” rather than a comic in its editorials, to distinguish it from more child oriented publications such as The Beano or The Dandy. In addition to its realistic and comedic football themed stories, it contained factual items about British professional football, and advertisements not only for contemporary toys, games and confectionery, but also others aimed at an older readership, such as for the Charles Atlas body building method, and recruitment advertisements for the Police, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.

In total, 548 weekly comics were published with Scorcher in the title, with the following cover dates (the comic usually appeared for sale one week before its cover date, and capitalisations are as they actually appeared on the title bar of the comics):
77 issues of Scorcher from 10 January 1970 to 26 June 1971
171 issues of Scorcher and SCORE from 3 July 1971 to 5 October 1974
300 issues of TIGER and Scorcher from 12 October 1974 to 30 August 1980 (Industrial action prevented publication of 3 issues in December 1978 and a further 5 in May and June 1980)

14 editions of Scorcher Annual were published from 1971 to 1984, and Scorcher or Scorcher and SCORE Holiday Specials each summer from 1970 until at least 1980.

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UPDATE 06-11-2018

154,159,210,220,223,224,226







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UPDATE 11-09-2018

128

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137-141,144

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147,148,150,160-162

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163,164,177,178,194,211

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212,215,216

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Complete issue of Scorcher 108 to replace the incomplete one.

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Complete issue of Scorcher 107 to replace the incomplete one.

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UPDATE 05-05-2018

126,197,206



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UPDATE 05-04-2018

50,51,54,55

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56-59

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62-64,66

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67-69,71

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72,75,77,78

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79-81,83

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84-87

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89-92

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94-96.99

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103,105-107

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108,109,111

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112,113,116,118

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119,122-124

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125,127,130,132

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134,136,166

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221

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UPDATE 29-10-2017

100,101


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UPDATE 25-09-2017

1-5

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6-9

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10-13

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14-18

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19-22

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23-26

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27-30

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31-34

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35-38

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39,43-45

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46-49

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52,53,60,61,64

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65,70,76,82,88

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93,97,98,102

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104,110,114,115,117

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120,121,126,129,131

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133,135,142,143,145

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146,149,151,152,155

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156,168-171

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172-176

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179-183

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184-188

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189-193

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195-199

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200-204

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205,207,208,218,222

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231-234,236

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237,238,240,243

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UPDATE 14-06-2017

73,74


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UPDATE 28-10-2016

40,41,42,235

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244,246-248




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35 responses »

  1. Jacko says:

    I have made a list of the missing issues of Scorcher up until its merger with Tiger in October 1974. There are still quite a lot missing (101 issues in total I believe). The missing numbers are as follows:

    50, 51, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 62, 63, 66, 67, 68, 69, 71, 72, 75, 77, 80, 81, 83, 85, 86, 87, 89, 90, 91, 92, 94, 95, 96, 99,

    105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 111, 112, 113, 118, 119, 123, 124, 125, 127, 128, 130, 132, 134, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 144, 147, 148, 150, 153, 154, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 177, 178, 194,

    206, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 219, 220, 221, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 239, 241, 242, 245.

    Big job, but I think this would be another good one to complete.

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  2. Andy says:

    Also in addition, your Scorcher comic page is missing issues 78, 79, 84, 103, 116, 122.
    I cannot find them.

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  3. boutje777 says:

    This is the list of Scorcher that are on the page right now.

    Scorcher 001
    Scorcher 002
    Scorcher 003
    Scorcher 004
    Scorcher 005
    Scorcher 006
    Scorcher 007
    Scorcher 008
    Scorcher 009
    Scorcher 010
    Scorcher 011
    Scorcher 012
    Scorcher 013
    Scorcher 014
    Scorcher 015
    Scorcher 016
    Scorcher 017
    Scorcher 018
    Scorcher 019
    Scorcher 020
    Scorcher 021
    Scorcher 022
    Scorcher 023
    Scorcher 024
    Scorcher 025
    Scorcher 026
    Scorcher 027
    Scorcher 028
    Scorcher 029
    Scorcher 030
    Scorcher 031
    Scorcher 032
    Scorcher 033
    Scorcher 034
    Scorcher 035
    Scorcher 036
    Scorcher 037
    Scorcher 038
    Scorcher 039
    Scorcher 040
    Scorcher 041
    Scorcher 042
    Scorcher 043
    Scorcher 044
    Scorcher 045
    Scorcher 046
    Scorcher 047
    Scorcher 048
    Scorcher 049
    Scorcher 052
    Scorcher 053
    Scorcher 060
    Scorcher 061
    Scorcher 064
    Scorcher 065
    Scorcher 070
    Scorcher 073
    Scorcher 074
    Scorcher 076
    Scorcher 082
    Scorcher 088
    Scorcher 093
    Scorcher 097
    Scorcher 098
    Scorcher 100
    Scorcher 101
    Scorcher 102
    Scorcher 104
    Scorcher 110
    Scorcher 114
    Scorcher 115
    Scorcher 117
    Scorcher 120
    Scorcher 121
    Scorcher 126
    Scorcher 129
    Scorcher 131
    Scorcher 133
    Scorcher 135
    Scorcher 142
    Scorcher 143
    Scorcher 145
    Scorcher 146
    Scorcher 149
    Scorcher 151
    Scorcher 152
    Scorcher 155
    Scorcher 156
    Scorcher 168
    Scorcher 169
    Scorcher 170
    Scorcher 171
    Scorcher 172
    Scorcher 173
    Scorcher 174
    Scorcher 175
    Scorcher 176
    Scorcher 179
    Scorcher 180
    Scorcher 181
    Scorcher 182
    Scorcher 183
    Scorcher 184
    Scorcher 185
    Scorcher 186
    Scorcher 187
    Scorcher 188
    Scorcher 189
    Scorcher 190
    Scorcher 191
    Scorcher 192
    Scorcher 193
    Scorcher 195
    Scorcher 196
    Scorcher 197
    Scorcher 198
    Scorcher 199
    Scorcher 200
    Scorcher 201
    Scorcher 202
    Scorcher 203
    Scorcher 204
    Scorcher 205
    Scorcher 207
    Scorcher 208
    Scorcher 218
    Scorcher 222
    Scorcher 231
    Scorcher 232
    Scorcher 233
    Scorcher 234
    Scorcher 235
    Scorcher 236
    Scorcher 237
    Scorcher 238
    Scorcher 240
    Scorcher 243
    Scorcher 244
    Scorcher 246
    Scorcher 247
    Scorcher 248

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  4. Zackster says:

    Issue 107 complete.
    https://mega.nz/#!IAFkSQoK!GQOQK84yCzW1ZjZt2Hr2h_q7nP4c1b14xpcR08rw2nc

    Almost had a heart-attack when I got Blog suspended message a couple of days ago!
    Might work on filling the 1979 Roy Of The Rovers gaps next, then get on to Scorcher. Incredibly tedious doing the scanning though, so I salute those who’ve scanned anything and shared it.

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    • boutje777 says:

      Thanks for this issue. I will place it right away.
      I know, i started scanning one day but i stopped after a few days because it was too timeconsuming for me.
      So great work scanning these.

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    • Jacko says:

      Thanks for the complete Scorcher #107.
      Looking forward to that complete Scorcher #108 you said you had a few days ago.

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