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On this day, 16 March 1985: Tiger

On this day, 16 March 1985: Tiger

 Cover artwork: Eduardo Vanyo

Cover artwork: Eduardo Vanyo

Towards the end of its run, after more than a decade of being a sports-only comic, Tiger re-widened its brief to include adventure and supernatural tales with only a loose sporting connection. This echoed the more general-themed comic it once had been when first published in 1954. I don't know whether this was the intention, but the changes brought the comic closer in style to the adventure-themed Eagle, into which it would be merged at the end of March 1985.

New stories such as Sintek and Star Rider are examples of this change. Death Wish, which had been a core Tiger strip since the merger with Speed in 1980, also underwent a change in tone. Once a sports-action strip about a daredevil pursuing ever more dangerous stunts in the hope that one may end his life, and the indignity of living with a disfigured face, it gradually introduced supernatural elements, such as vampires and the Ghost Squad (who would eventually get their own series in Eagle) featured on this week's cover.

 

 

On this day, 17 March 1984: Whizzer and Chips

On this day, 17 March 1984: Whizzer and Chips

On this day, 15 March 1980: Buster

On this day, 15 March 1980: Buster