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Kid, For me this was the best merger ever and made the title the giant that it deserved to be. Knockout was a very decent title in itself (the annuals went on for years) so this was a merger to raise the heart.
It's what led to Sammy Shrink joining the pages of W&C. From Wham! to Knockout to Whizzer & Chips. Did Sammy survive into Buster? I can't recall offhand. All the aforesaid comics sadly missed.
At the time I wasn't that bothered that "Whizzer and Chips" ended (I was well past the age of reading these comics by then) but now when I see the rows and rows of bagged comics and super-hero reprint titles I long for a good old traditional UK style comic - now they seem so radical compared to what we have (not that all of todays books are mince some are very good indeed)
Just think, PM - The Beano is the only comic left that bears any resemblance to the comics we knew as kids. Last man standing, eh?
Yes it’s pretty sad really - I wouldn’t expect them to stay the same as they were in our day, but it would have been nice to see more UK comics having evolved into magazine type comics with some of the original characters (Janus Start etc.) in a more "modern" format but still being true to the traditional story telling techniques in the UK i.e. a new Valiant or Buster etc nice colour printing and good story telling not just super hero knock offs a mix of humour and adventure and sport - too late now I fear.
Yes, far too late I'm afraid. Our age group would be the target audience and we're declining in number all the time. However, some of the characters are timeless, and should be able to stand on their own two feet, without any sense of nostalgic attachment. So who knows, perhaps they'll be revived for a new audience when we're long dead - if comics are still around that is.
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