On this day, 6 July 1974: Whoopee!
On this day, 6 July 1974 … Only a year after the close-down of Knockout – a comic aimed at those with less pocket money and costing 2½p for 20 pages – Whoopee! was knocking them out at twice the rate: 5p for a massive 40 pages. This really does feel like a quality comic, printed (in its early months at least) on a good grade of paper, thick and heavy in the hand, and bursting with strips – 26 in all. A lot of weekly work went into Whoopee! and it was clearly seen as the prestige title in the humour pack (it’s shelf-mates at this point were Buster, Whizzer and Chips and Shiver and Shake, the latter of which it would subsume later in the year). It’s hard to know which stories to select for the scans below but I hope I’ve given a good sense of the variety. Favourites for me are The Upper Crusts and the Lazy Loafers, The Ghost Train and Scared-stiff Sam (all of which have the two-page treatment), The Bumpkin Billionaires (a bounteous three pages!) and the ghastly Evil Eye.