Thursday, 17 October 2019
CRIVENS! IT'S WHIZZER & CHIPS 50TH ANNIVERSARY - COMPLETE 1ST ISSUE...
"Two comics in one, double the fun!", but WHIZZER & CHIPS was really just one comic with two names. However, it was a good idea to make readers think that they were getting more bang for their bucks. (Or in this case, more pages for their pennies.) I remember seeing WHIZZER & CHIPS upcoming launch ad-vertised in a centre-spread insert in SMASH! and being instantly fascinated by a picture of the friendly ghost from HARRY'S HAUNTED HOUSE.
On sale on 11th October 1969 (cover-dated 18th), 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. The title lasted for one week past its (un-celebrated) 21st birthday before being merged with stablemate BUSTER, thereby ensuring that at least a few W&C characters survived a bit longer. 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. Anyway, that's enough melancholy introspection - enjoy the 'Whizzer' section to start with, and we'll be back right after it with its companion paper 'Chips'. (Were you a Whizz-kid or a Chip-ite? Don't be shy now. )
And below is the CHIPS section to help you recapture a long-vanished slice of your childhood - if you were a child back in 1969 that is. It's hard for me to believe I originally bought this comic when it first came out 50 years ago, but yes - I really am that old, despite my youthful good looks and full, luxuriant head of hair. I've even got all my own teeth - and I don't mean the kind that are kept in a glass of water at night. However, before this starts to read like an ad in a dating agency, I'll shut up and let you get on with reading the following strips. I could end by saying "You've had your Chips!", but that would be too obvious a pun, wouldn't it?
BONUS: Here are a couple of flyers from SMASH! comic (it probably also appeared in other IPC titles) for the new weekly WHIZZER & CHIPS.
Posted by Kid at Thursday, October 17, 2019