Publisher: IPC
Publication Dates: 28 May 1960 – 22 December 1999-4 January 2000
Number of Issues Published: 1902 (#1 – #130 [1902])
Color: Colour
Dimensions: Tabloid size
Paper Stock: Newsprint
Binding: Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Was Ongoing Series
Publication Type: magazine

Merged with #27 February 1965 [249] from Big One (IPC, 1964 series) #19
Merged with #20 January 1968 [400] from Giggle (IPC, 1967 series) #13 January 1968
Merged with #2 October 1971 [580] from Jet (IPC, 1971 series) #25 September 1971 [22]
Merged with #19 September 1987 [1393] from Nipper (IPC, 1987 series) #16
Merged with #29 October 1988 [1451] from Oink! (IPC, 1986 series) #68
Merged with #3 November 1990 [1556] from Whizzer and Chips (IPC, 1969 series) #27 October 1990 [1087]

Long-running British children’s humour magazine, starring Buster and other humourous serials. Buster was originally called the son of Andy Capp, but this relationship was dropped later.

Many other series were incorporated into Buster over the years, making many different cover titles.

27 February 1965 to ? – Buster and the Big One
20 January 1968 to 5 July 1969 – Buster and Giggle
2 October 1971 to 11 May 1974 – Buster and Jet
22 June 1974 to 6 September 1975 – Buster and Cor!!
6 November 1976 to 25 August 1979 ? – Buster and Monster Fun
6 February 1982 to 12 February 1983 – Buster and Jackpot
2 June 1984 to 23 February 1985 – Buster and School Fun (title is normally only Buster but the School Fun logo also appears)
19 September 1987 to 23 January 1988 – Buster and Nipper
29 October 1988 – Oink! Stars Join Buster (Oink! logo on one issue only)
3 November 1990 to 7 September 1991 – Buster with Whizzer and Chips
20 January 1995 – Buster becomes Buster Fortnightly

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

Buster was a long-running British comic (28 May 1960 – 4 January 2000) which carried a mixture of humour and adventure strips, although the former increasingly replaced the latter. It was originally published by IPC Magazines Ltd; but in consequence of the sale of that company’s comics division, Fleetway, in the 1980s, Buster passed into the ownership of Egmont UK Ltd, who thereafter published it under the Fleetway imprint.

The title character, whose strip usually appeared on the front cover, was Buster himself. He was originally billed as Buster: Son of Andy Capp; Andy Capp is the lead character of the eponymous Daily Mirror newspaper strip, and Buster wore a similar flat cap to reinforce the connection. In early issues Buster often referred to his father, and Andy was seen in the comic (attempting to find a gas leak in three frames of the 18 June 1960 issue; shown in two drawn photographs in the 2 July issue that same year, the first of which was displayed by Buster’s mum with the pronouncement, “It’s a photo of Buster taken with Andy! You can see he’s got his dad’s fine straight nose”). Buster’s mum was often referred to by name, and was consistently drawn to resemble Andy’s wife Flo.

The connection with Andy Capp was gradually forgotten over time, and Andy no longer appeared in the strip by the mid-1960s. From 1965 the strip instead featured Buster in two long-running series: as lead character in the extremely durable “Buster’s Diary” (1960–68 and 1974–85) and in “Buster’s Dream World” (1968–74).

In its final years, the comic mostly consisted of reprints from either Buster itself or from the twelve comics which had merged with it over its 40-year run.

Throughout, it was never revealed what Buster had under his cap, until the very last issue, when he took it off to reveal the same hairstyle that Dennis the Menace has.

The last page of that final issue also revealed how every story in the comic ended, typically in a humorous reversal of the obvious, or expected, manner. Here is a list of how the strips came to an end:

Benny Bones of Lazy Bones tells the doctor that he is suffering from insomnia.

Joker reveals that his real name is Jeremy Beadle.

Chalky is arrested for vandalism.

Captain Crucial has a bad hair day.

Odd Ball bursts because he hides inside a thorn bush.

Sweet Tooth suffers from tooth decay because of all the sweets he’s eaten.

Tom Thug now possesses great intelligence because he has passed an exam with flying colours, much to his disappointment.

Bernie Banks of Memory Banks dies because he forgets to keep breathing.

Junior Rotter becomes the Prime Minister.

Tony Broke is happy because his parents have won 90 squillion pounds on the National Lottery, making Tony and his family mega-rich. Ivor Lott has broken down in tears because his father has lost all of his money investing in the Buster comic, making Ivor and his family very poor. Thus, Ivor Lott and Tony Broke have swapped places, with Tony being rich and Ivor being poor.

Melvyn of Melvyn’s Mirror breaks the mirror, resulting in seven years’ bad luck, but in Mirrorland, it’s the opposite (seven years’ good luck), but unfortunately, it also means that Melvyn will never see his family again and will be stuck in Mirrorland forever.

Bobby of Bobby’s Ghoul has grown old, so his ghoul-friend (who never ages because she is a ghost) breaks up with him.

Watford Gapp can’t think of a word rhyming with “oblige”, so he cannot finish his poem.

Fuss Pot is too fussy to appear in the comic.

Ray of X-Ray Specs has his specs taken back by I.Squint, the optician because he says that he only lent Ray the specs in 1975, and that he couldn’t keep them.

Jon and Suzy of Double Trouble have started to like each other. Also Sweeny Toddler says that he is going to like everyone from now on.

Buster takes off his cap to reveal a Dennis the Menace-style haircut.

The Millennium Bug affects Vid Kid’s remote, resulting in the entire universe being turned off.

This final strip was written by the last cartoonist for Buster, J. Edward Oliver.

A Swedish edition of Buster began in 1967. At first, most of the material was taken from the UK edition; but as time went on the magazine produced more and more original material. See Buster (sport comic) for more information.

On 19 March 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.

In March 2009, Egmont UK announced they were intending to publish four one-off specials, celebrating the comics Roy of the Rovers, Battle, Buster and Misty. To mark this event, the website BusterComic.co.uk held a poll in which users could vote for their favourite Buster strip.

The results were released in May 2009, with “X Ray Specs” topping the poll. This was passed onto Egmont, and the special was due for release on 16 September 2009. Misty and Buster then had their release dates swapped, and the Buster special was finally released on 9 December 2009.

Buster had a total of 50 Specials. First category is Buster Holiday Fun Special from 1969-1993, and 1996-1998. Second Category is Buster and Monster Fun Holiday Specials from 1977-1995. Third Category Buster Puzzle Specials 1975 and 1983. Finally Fourth Category Buster Winter Special 1988.
There was a Total of 39 Annuals from 1962-1994,, which gives 34 Annuals. There was 2 Buster Book of Gags of the years 1970 and 1971. There was also 2 Buster Book of Spooky Stories of the years 1975 and 1976 and there was 1 Buster Book of Thrills of the year 1963.

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6 responses »

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  3. G. Nius says:

    Great but the only trouble with the Buster re-working is that you said there were additions and upgrades but we’d have to downland everything again to find them!

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    • boutje777 says:

      In october last year i made the comment.

      “I am ready organizing the Buster pages, they are all open. The old page is deleted.
      There are 30 new issues for that title, but they also will show up in the next update where i am working on as we speak. I hope to have this update ready somewhere next week. You must have missed that update”

      I also place the updates for the titles that are organized in a separate place to avoid you have to download packs with maybe 1 or 2 new issues, they are always at the bottom of the More comics and stay there until the next update.

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