Well, you've already seen the BUSTER COMIC LIBRARY covers,
so now it's time to have a look at the WHIZZER & CHIPS ones - all
14 of them. These first came out in early 1985, and I was one of the resize
artists to work on the digest-sized periodicals. Guess how much I got paid
for each issue, which took about a day, day-and-a-half tops, to do. £100
per issue. That's good money today, never mind 28 years ago, and I had
my lettering work on top of that. If that's being a 'failure', as some bitter
and misguided visitors to this blog occasionally seek to imply, then
give me excess of it. Yup, it was a nice little earner.
You'll note that each title was issued as a separate publication,
unlike the weekly comic. Both went on sale at the same time 'though,
sitting alongside each other on the newsagents' shelves. Obviously a
cunning marketing strategy designed to shift twice as many copies.
(What fan would ever buy Whizzer without also buying Chips?)
One of the good things about working on the comic libraries (apart
from the financial aspect) was getting to 'connect' with strips I had first
read as a child and leaving my mark on them in the process of adapting
them to a smaller page size. I also got to indulge my artistic sensibilities
by adding my own art whenever any panels needed extending in order to
fill the space. (There are some examples elsewhere on this site.) Anyway,
I'm sure you're not interested in what I was up to nearly 30 years ago,
so let's stick to the script. Here, for your pleasurable perusal, are
the covers of which I spoke. Hope you enjoy them.