Friday, 11 July 2014

WHIZZER & CHIPS #1 - PART ONE...



I remember seeing WHIZZER & CHIPS upcoming launch advertised
in a centre-spread insert in SMASH! in 1969, and being instantly fascinated
by HARRY'S HAUNTED HOUSE.  On the day of release, I was up around
7a.m. and across like a rocket to the newsagent's over the road from me, eager
to immerse myself in this new comics experience.  W&C survived in weekly
form for just over 21 years before being merged with BUSTER, and I for one
was sorry to see it go.  I bought a copy of the last issue in the same shop that
I had purchased the first, even 'though I no longer lived in the area.

Y'know, sometimes I think that any point in my past life is as near to me as
'over the road' was then, but it's a short-lived feeling that soon dissipates when
I realise that all my yesterdays are quite a bit farther removed than that.  Any-
way, that's enough melancholy introspection - enjoy the 'Whizzer' section for
the moment, and we'll be back before you know it with its companion paper
'Chips'.  (Were you a Whizz-kid or a Chip-ite?  Don't be shy now. )















14 comments:

Colin Jones said...

Kid, before I discovered Marvel comics in November 1974 I used to get The Beezer and The Topper every week - I seem to remember that one or both of them were large enough that they could be folded in half like a newspaper, am I right on that ?

Kid said...

Both were indeed that size, CJ. Jag (Fleetway/IPC) later tried it, but didn't last long.

Paul McScotty -Muir said...

W&C is one of those comics I associate (incorrectly) with starting in the mid 70s for some reason I forgot it started in 1969 - I had forgotten about the amazing Tom Kerr (one of my all time favourite UK artists) illustrated strip "The Stealer" and remember buying W&C just for this - looking back it was full of amazing characters and top notch artists/cartoonists (and writers) errrrr you don't have to happen to have any other issues that you could show................please

I loved the large size Beezer and Topper (I only bought a few issues of Jag) made it feel like I was reading a newspaper as a kid (as most papers were that size then)

Kid said...

Got quite a few issues from various years, McScotty, but they're buried at the back of a cupboard under a pile of other comics. I'll dig 'em out one day.

When you think of all the weekly comics that were available to us back then, we were really quite spoilt, weren't we?

Steve said...

Like Paul, for some reason I too associate it with the 1970s. I seemed to think it started circa 1972. Obviously my memory is right out on that one. Was the comic numbered or just dated? That might explain my confusion over when it started.
Oh, and I was certainly a Chip-ite :)

Kid said...

Just dated, Steve. Perhaps you first picked it up later, after another comic had been merged with it?

Colin Jones said...

Kid, I don't really understand this - Whizzer and Chips was two different comics stapled together ? As I mentioned above it was only the Topper and Beezer that I read and I think that up till now I'd assumed that Whizzer and Chips was a merger of two separate comics. Were there any other two-in-one comics like this ?

Kid said...

Yup, there sure was, CJ - Shiver & Shake. Even Beezer & Topper became a 2-in-1 comic (can't recall if it had individual covers 'though) in its last few years.

George Shiers said...

An excellent choice of comic to show there, Kid. :)

Kid said...

And who knows, George - it could even be someone's favourite.

Philip Guest said...

Nice rush of nostalgia there - thanks!

Weren't the two groups Whizz-kids and Chip-ites?

Kid said...

You're right (the old memory again), so I'll change it and look more intelligent than I really am (as is my wont). Ta Phil.

John Pitt said...

Haven't seen this since my brother got it all those years ago. He stuck with it for some time and obviously big brother (me) just HAD to read all his comics as well!

Kid said...

Wish they'd at least bring back the Annual, JP. Alas, it's unlikely ever to happen.

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