Nostalgic notions, sentimental sighings, wistful wonderings, rueful reflections, poignant ponderings & yearnings for yesteryear! (With a few profound perplexities & puzzling paradoxes thrown in as well.)
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
TIGER TIM'S WEEKLY CHRISTMAS NUMBER...
TIGER TIM made his first appearance in a one-off comic strip in THE DAILY MIRROR on April 16th, 1904, before getting his own spot in THE MONTHLY PLAYBOX, a children's supplement to THE WORLD AND HIS WIFE MAGAZINE, in November of that year. He was also featured in THE PLAYBOX ANNUAL, the first of which appeared in 1909. Then, when THE RAINBOW was launched in 1914 (dated February 14th), Tim had the front
cover spot, along with his chums THE BRUIN BOYS. So far, JULIUS STAFFORD BAKER had been the artist, but before long, S. J. CASH
and then HERBERT FOXWELL took over the artistic reins.
Under Foxwell, Tiger and his pals became virtual superstars, with
Tiger getting his own comic, TIGER TIM'S TALES, the first issue of
which was dated June 1st, 1919. Around eight months later, the comic was
relaunched as TIGER TIM'S WEEKLY (issue dated January 31st). Tiger
may well be the longest-lasting regular comic character ever, as, even
after the demise of his own starring titles, his last appearance was in
1985 in JACK AND JILL WEEKLY.
Anyway, all that aside, I thought you may appreciate seeing a Festive
number of ol' Tiger's title from 1923 - just to give you a taste of Christmas
past. Apologies to any Glaswegians who thought this post was going to be
about the former RADIO CLYDE DJ, also named Tiger Tim.