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On this day, 24 September 1977: Roy of the Rovers

On this day, 24 September 1977: Roy of the Rovers

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It was a happy first birthday to Roy of the Rovers, editor Barrie Tomlinson and the squad, marking 52 net-shaking issues since Roy first broke away from Tiger to launch his own paper (I looked at the first issue this time last year). Roy of the Rovers was settling into a familiar, successful format which mixed footy-packed strips – mainly a mix of First Division exploits and schoolboy footballing adventures – posters, articles, celebrity features and a strong level of audience engagement (including the ‘Reader of the Year’ competition and ‘Phone Call of the Week’). All credit to Barrie for his tireless and imaginative editorship. He had a gift for making the right calls and knowing his market well, and Roy of the Rovers is a fine example of how to build a comic into a national institution. Barrie’s memoir, Comic Book Hero, has recently been published and you can read a sample chapter of it here.

 Mike’s Mini Men: Ian Vosper (writer), artist unknown

Mike’s Mini Men: Ian Vosper (writer), artist unknown

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 Simon’s Secret: Fred Baker (writer), Miguel Repetto (artist)

Simon’s Secret: Fred Baker (writer), Miguel Repetto (artist)

 Roy of the Rovers: Tom Tully (writer), David Sque (artist)

Roy of the Rovers: Tom Tully (writer), David Sque (artist)

 Roy of the Rovers: Tom Tully (writer), David Sque (artist)

Roy of the Rovers: Tom Tully (writer), David Sque (artist)

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 The Hard Man: Barrie Tomlinson (writer), Doug Maxted (artist)

The Hard Man: Barrie Tomlinson (writer), Doug Maxted (artist)

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 The Safest Hands in Soccer: Gil Page (writer), Osvaldo Torta (artist)

The Safest Hands in Soccer: Gil Page (writer), Osvaldo Torta (artist)

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 Tommy’s Troubles: Fred Baker (writer), Ramiro Bujeiro (artist)

Tommy’s Troubles: Fred Baker (writer), Ramiro Bujeiro (artist)

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 The Football: Barrie Tomlinson (writer), artist unknown

The Football: Barrie Tomlinson (writer), artist unknown

 The Football: Barrie Tomlinson (writer), artist unknown

The Football: Barrie Tomlinson (writer), artist unknown

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On this day, 25 September 1982: 2000AD (Prog 283)

On this day, 25 September 1982: 2000AD (Prog 283)

On this day, 23 September 1989: Whizzer and Chips

On this day, 23 September 1989: Whizzer and Chips