Thursday, 15 December 2011


Ah, memories!  Here's the last ever Christmas WHAM! (#185)
from 1967.  Little did I know when I purchased this from my local news-
agent 44 years ago that there would be only two more issues of this classic
title before it was merged with its companion paper POW!  LEO BAXEN-
DALE's creation, The TIDDLERS (not sure if he drew this one 'though),
adorned the Festively-themed cover, although they had evolved into more
of an imitation of The BASH STREET KIDS (also by Leo) over the years
since their first appearance in '64.  Bax, of course, was also responsible
for The SWOTS And The BLOTS over in SMASH!, so he was no
stranger to strips about riotous schoolkids and their teacher.

The above GREETINGS From The FLOOR Of 64 page
was in all five POWER COMICS that year, which is why it features
characters from all of them.  Wham!'s forthcoming merger had doubt-
less been determined weeks (if not months) in advance, but the text on
the page gives no indication of its imminent demise.  And small wonder -
why spoil Christmas for Whamsters by spilling the beans at this stage?
Best to leave it to the New Year, when there was a sense of optimism in
the air with which to counter bad news.  I must confess to never being
too impressed by the combined POW! & WHAM! (not quite sure
why), and was actually glad to see it incorporated (as junior
partner) with SMASH! around eight months later.

So...raise a glass of lemonade or soda pop to that
classic Christmas comic of yesteryear - WHAM!

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