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The Skipper first published September 6th 1930 ran to 544 issues, with the last issue (544) February 1st 1941.

This was the first of the ‘Big Five’ to cease publication, due to paper shortage during the Second World War.

I believe this publication was chosen as this had the lowest circulation of the ‘Big Five’.

 

Below are some of the characters featured:

BIG BAD WOLFE, CAPTAIN ZOOM, THE CHUCKLING PROWLER, THE CRIMSON CRUSADER, THE HOODED SPY,

KARGA THE CLUTCHER, PUCK McLEAN, RED ROCK BAXTER, THE ROARING ROAD BOYS, SLASHER GRANT, TOMMY RUFFHOUSE.

 

And the stories:

THE FIRST BOY ON THE MOON, GRIP GREGSON - THE SILENT DETECTIVE, THE IRON MASK, THE JUNGLE OF GIANTS,

THE IRON MEN OF THE SEA, THE QUEST OF THE WHISPERING GUNMAN, THE TEAM OF BLINDED BATSMEN

WEMBLEY BILL FOOTBALL DOCTOR, WILLY WALLOP’S WANGLES.

 

 

 

A SELECTION OF THE SKIPPER COVERS

5

63

75

94

116

October 4th

1930

November 14th

1931

February 6th

1932

June 18th

1932

November 19th

1932

129

135

187

194

249

February 18th

1933

April 1st

1933

March 31st

1934

May 19th

1934

June 8th

1935

285

306

380

390

420

February 15th

1936

July 11th

1936

December 11th

1937

February 19th

1938

September 17th

1938

425

440

484

488

507

October 22nd

1938

February 4th

1939

December 9th

1939

January 6th

1940

May 18th

1940

512

518

527

534

544 Last Issue

June 22nd

1940

August 30th

1940

October 5th

1940

November 23rd

1940

February 1st

1941

 

 

 

 

 

This was the notice in the last issue.

The Skipper’ never did reappear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following are a selection of stories featured in THE SKIPPER:

THE BOY WHO SLEPT 100 YEARS:

The most amazing adventure a boy could have.

He’s 116 years old.

 

Click here to read the first episode of The Boy who Slept 100 Years.

 

BRITAIN DOWN – BUT NEVER OUT:

What happened when your country lost a war. – Britain in chains.

 

Click here to read the first episode from 1937 of Britain Down – But Never Out.

 

CAPTAIN ZOOM – BIRDMAN OF THE R.A.F.:

War adventure with Captain Zoom, taken from The Skipper 1940.

 

Click here to read the first episode of Captain Zoom – Birdman of the R.A.F.

 

THE DEATH DUST:

Wild West yarn of a weird and terrible weapon. The dust that strangles men and beasts.

This first episode appeared in the Skipper in 1934.

 

Click here to read the first episode of The Death Dust.

 

THE GHOST SHIP:

The greatest pirate story about the world’s greatest pirate.

The vessel that can vanish in a flash.

This first episode appeared in the Skipper in 1932.

 

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

 

THE IRON MASK 13:

The Iron Men – They make laws with a gun.

This first episode appeared in the Skipper in 1935.

 

Click here to read the first episode of The Iron Mask 13.

 

THE NAMELESS NAZI:

The invisible barrier that Zeppelins can’t pass.

 

Click here to read the first episode of The Nameless Nazi.

 

THE PARALYSING EYE:

The weirdest weapon in the world.

An eye that steals men’s strength.

This first episode appeared in the Skipper in 1933.

 

Click here to read the first episode of The Paralysing Eye.

 

THE ROARING ROAD BOYS:

Shorty Baker is the youngest locomotive driver on the Pacific & Atlantic Railroad.

Read about Shorty Baker and his fireman Wiper Dodds as they take their first trip.

Click here to read the first episode of The Roaring Road Boys from 1930.

THE SHIP OF BLIND MEN:

The ship with a crew of 38 hands, but only 2 eyes.

Click here to read this complete story from 1930.

THE TEAM OF AVENGERS:

The hooded footballers of the First Division.

This first episode appeared in the Skipper in 1934.

 

Click here to read the first episode of The Team of Avengers.

 

THE TEAM OF BLINDED BATSMEN

Why did the best batmen in Midshire wear dark glasses?

The Mystery Cricket Team

First episode taken from the Skipper issue: 302 June 13th 1936.

 

Click Here to read the First episode.

 

THE TRAIL OF BLEEDING NOSES:

The boy who used banknotes for blankets.

This complete story appeared in the Skipper in 1935.

Click here to read the first episode of The Trail of Bleeding Noses.

 

Vic Whittle 2008

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