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THE MERGERS

 

 

The last issue of Adventure (1878) was published January 14th 1961, when it was merged with The Rover.

Hornet, Valiant & Victor were published in the 1960’s these publication’s featured the story paper heroes like Alf Tupper, Braddock, The Wolf of Kabul & V for Vengeance in picture strips.

 

The last issue of The Hotspur (1878) was published January 14th 1961, when it was merged with The Rover.

 

The New Hotspur was launched October 24th 1959 and contained picture stories.

There were several mergers with this publication inc: The Hotspur and Hornet 1976, Victor and Hotspur 1979, Hotspur and Crunch 1980, and the final demise January 24th 1981 with issue 1110, when it was incorporated with The Victor.

 

The Rover was merged with Adventure and the first issue of Rover and Adventure was issued the following week January 21st 1961, the title ran to 142 issues before reverting to The Rover October 12th 1963 and then merging with The Wizard issue 148 November 16th 1963.

Rover and Wizard was published the following week November 23rd 1963 and again it reverted back to The Rover with issue 448 August 16th 1969 and so after nearly 51 years, January 13th 1973 saw the last issue of The Rover with issue 626.

 

The last issue of The Wizard (1970) was published November 16th 1963, when it merged with The Rover to form the Rover and Wizard.

A new publication The Wizard was launched February 14th 1970 this ran to 435 issues, with the last issue June 10th

1978.

 

Below are some of the characters featured:

There were old favourites like:

BRADDOCK, THE WOLF OF KABUL, BERNARD BRIGGS, MORGYN THE MIGHTY, THE WONDER MAN, WILLIAM WILSON.

 

With new characters:

BLACK SAPPER, KING COBRA,  RED STAR ROBINSON,  FLASH HARRY, KATO.

 

And the stories:

HUNTER’S WAR, THE BLACK SAPPER, PHANTOM OF THE STADIUM

AND THE COMPLETE STORIES.

 

 

 

A SELECTION OF THE VARIOUS COVERS

THE NEW HOTSPUR

1

THE NEW HOTSPUR

500

THE HOTSPUR AND HORNET

852

HOTSPUR AND HORNET

1000

HOTSPUR AND CRUNCH

1059

October 24th

1959

May 17th

1969

February 14th

1976

December 16th

1978

February 2nd

1980

NEW HOTSPUR

1110

(Last Issue)

ROVER AND ADVENTURE

1

ROVER AND ADVENTURE

100

ROVER

148

ROVER AND WIZARD

149

(First Issue)

January 24th

1981

January 21st

1961

December 15th

1962

November 16th

1963

November 23rd

1963

ROVER AND WIZARD

447

(Last Issue)

ROVER

448

(First Issue)

THE ROVER

500

THE ROVER

600

THE ROVER

626

(Last Issue)

August 9th

1969

August 16th

1969

August 15th

1970

July 15th

1972

January 13th

1973

THE WIZARD

1

THE WIZARD

153

Last Issue becomes WIZARD AND ROVER

WIZARD AND ROVER

160

Last Issue reverts back to THE WIZARD

THE WIZARD

161

(First Issue)

THE WIZARD

410

The last issue 436 The Wizard merges with The Victor

 

Following are a selection of stories featured:

THE YELLOW JERSEY:

Cycling story with mystery rider Tom Tetford.

Click here to read the first episode of ‘The Yellow Jersey.

THE WOLF OF KABUL:

Along the untamed North-West Frontier of India two dauntless men were famed, even among the brave, for their bravery.

Click here to read the first episode of The Wolf of Kabul.

THE WORLD’S SPELLING CHAMPION:

Schoolmaster, Bartholomew Bandy, can spell every word in the English language correctly. Fairground promoter, Tich Kelly, plans to make a fortune out of Bartholomew.

Click here to read the first episode of The World’s Spelling Champion.

THE SECRET WAR OF H.M.S. WADDLING DUCK:

Lieutenant-Commander Radstock takes H.M.S. Thunderer (Waddling Duck), a First World War monitor ship, into battle against German U-boats during the Second World War.

Click here to read the first episode of The Secret War of H.M.S. Waddling Duck.

THE GOLD BADGE OF COURAGE:

The story of Harry Clint, whose aim is to wear the badge of Britain’s toughest fighting men – THE ROYAL MARINES!

Click here to read the first episode of The Gold Badge of Courage.

 

Vic Whittle 2007

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