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Adventure was the first of the ‘Big Five’ with the first issue published September 17th 1921 and ran to 1878 issues.

The boys’ story paper market at the time was dominated by Gem and Magnet with school stories about Billy Bunter, Harry Wharton & Tom Merry.

The success of this publication led to The Rover and The Wizard being published the following year.

The demise of the story papers came in the 1950’s with the publication Eagle, Lion & Tiger these comics had picture strips.

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.

 

Below are some of the characters featured:

BALDY HOGAN, BLOCKBUSTER BROWN, DIXON HAWKE, HAPPY HOOKER HARPER, JOE PALOOKA, NICK SWIFT, SOLO SOLOMON,

STRANG THE TERRIBLE, TINY FLANNELFEET.

 

And the stories:

BLACK HAWK LEAD ON THE LONG, LONG TRAIL, FIGHTING HAL OF SHERWOOD, I SHOT HITLER, THE LAST MAN ALIVE,

THE MAN WHO HAUNTED HITLER, THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MANY SECRETS, THE TRAIL OF ZERO THE SILENT, THE YELLOW GHOST.

 

A SELECTION OF ADVENTURE COVERS

17

28

60

337

341

January 7th

1922

March 25th

1922

November 4th

1922

April 14th

1928

May 12th

1928

347

379

416

458

478

June 23rd

1928

February 2nd

1929

October 19th

1929

August 9th

1930

December 27th

1930

 

 

 

1011

1044

1056

1070

1100

March 15th

1941

December 20th

1941

June 6th

1942

December 19th

1942

February 12th

1944

1104

1134

1137

1164

1194

April 8th

1944

June 2nd

1945

July 14th

1945

July 27th

1946

June 28th

1947

1200

1298

1302

1507

1789

August 23rd

1947

December 3rd

1949

December 31st

1949

December 5th

1953

May 2nd

1959

Following are a selection of stories featured in ADVENTURE:

BALDY HOGAN – THE BRAINS BEHIND THE TEAM:

Story of Baldy Hogan, the player-manager of Third Division Burhill United.

This first episode appeared in the Adventure 1946.

 

Click here to read the first episode of Baldy Hogan.

 

BOYS OF THE BULLDOG BREED:

Complete stories of the fighting boys of Britain.

This first episode appeared in the Adventure 1942.

 

Click here to read the first episode of Boys of the Bulldog Breed.

 

BULL RAIDERS FROM THE RED ORB:

An astral-machine from Red Orb has crashed in Bolt Canyon.

The local ranchers realise that the dead occupants have been rustling their cattle.

 

Click here to read the first episode of Bull Raiders of the Red Orb.

 

THE BUBBLE:

The transparent terror that grows – and grows – AND GROWS!

This first episode appeared in the Adventure in 1951.

 

Click here to read the first episode of The Bubble.

 

THE CITY THAT FORGOT:

What would happen if everybody in your town suddenly forgot everything they had ever learned.

This first episode appeared in the Adventure in 1951.

 

Click here to read the first episode of The City That Forgot.

 

THE DEAD DETECTIVE’S VENGEANCE:

Who killed Dixon Hawke?.

This first episode appeared in the Adventure in 1944.

 

Click here to read the first episode of The Dead Detective’s Vengeance.

 

HORATIO NELSON, MIDSHIPMITE:

Young Nelson will be a famous Admiral one day - but he has to start the hard way!

This first episode appeared in the Adventure in 1959.

 

Click here to read the first episode of Horatio Nelson, Midshipmite.

 

I SHOT HITLER:

The amazing story of the man who, after World War II, was able to say—I SHOT HITLER

This first episode appeared in the Adventure 1960.

 

Click here to read the first episode of I Shot Hitler.

 

PROFESSOR POTTER THE 60-YEAR-OLD DUNCE!:

Sammy’s Grandad may be a professor – but he’s still kept in for not doing his sums right.

 

Click here to read the first episode of Professor Potter.

 

MARKO THE MIRACLE MAN:

A Dixon Hawke Story.

 

Click here to read the last episode of Marko the Miracle Man.

 

S.O.S. FOR STRANG THE TERRIBLE:

Strang the Terrible appeared many times in the Adventure.

This first episode appeared in the Adventure in 1948.

 

Click here to read the first episode of S.O.S. for Strang the Terrible.

 

SEVEN IRON CROSSES:

A dying British Secret Service agent manages to scratch the German Panzer Code on seven Iron Crosses.

With his last breath, he informs fellow agent Major Warren Elton.

This first episode appeared in the Adventure in 1946.

 

Click here to read the first episode of Seven Iron Crosses.

 

THEY’LL TRY IT AGAIN!

We didn’t finish the Germans in 1918.

They rose again in 1939.

If we don’t finish them in 1945.

THEY’LL TRY IT AGAIN!

First episode taken from the Adventure issue: 1129 March 24th 1945.

 

Click Here to read the First episode.

 

VENGEANCE OF THE V:

The adventures of the man of the V campaign.

This first episode appeared in the Adventure in 1942.

 

Click here to read the first episode of Vengeance of the V.

 

THE YELLOW GHOST:

The story of an invisible spy!

This first episode appeared in the Adventure in 1943.

 

Click here to read the first episode of The Yellow Ghost.

 

 

Vic Whittle 2008

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