Sunday 27 October 2013
WHIZZER & CHIPS COMIC LIBRARY COVER GALLERY...
Well, you've already seen the BUSTER COMIC LIBRARY covers, so let's now look at the WHIZZER & CHIPS ones - all 14 of them. These first came out in early 1985, and I was one of the re-size 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 one another on newsagents' shelves. Obviously a cunning marketing ploy designed to shift twice as many copies. (What true fan would ever buy Whizzer without also buying Chips?)
One good thing about working on the comic libraries (apart from the financial aspect) was in 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 examples elsewhere on the 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.
Posted by Kid at Sunday, October 27, 2013