List of Beezer comic strips

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The Beezer was a long-running weekly British comic book, which was the home to 120 different comic strips over the years. First printed in 1956, it merged with the Cracker and Plug comic strips in 1976 and 1979 respectively. It was, then, renamed into The Beezer and Topper on merging with The Topper in 1990. However, publication ceased in 1993 eventually. After its closure, some of its characters appeared in The Beano and The Dandy.

The following is an incomplete list of Beezer comic strips, organized by year of release date and in chronological order:[1]

1956[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
Ginger Dudley Watkins, Bob McGrath 1990
Bushwhacker Bill Holroyd, Terry Patrick 1964 Adventure Four separate series, last of which was named Spacewhacker. The strip also appeared in Buddy
Mick on the Moon Ken Hunter 1957 Adventure
Lone Wolfe Ron Smith 1958 Adventure
Pop, Dick and Harry Tom Bannister, Peter Moonie, Brian Walker 1990 Continued in the Beezer and Topper
Calamity Jane Hugh Morren 1960
Nosey Parker Allan Morley 1956 The character was originally featured in The Rover in 1925. It also featured in The Sunday Post and Sparky.
Nero and Zero Allan Morley 1956 The character was originally featured in The Wizard in 1930. It also featured in The Sunday Post and Buzz.
The Hillys and the Billies George Martin, Henry Davies 1990 Three separate series which were reprinted as Ruffies and Tuffies in The Victor. This strip was surprisingly violent.
Big Ed Hugh Morren 1956
Charlie Chick Bill Ritchie 1956
Shorty Brian White 1956
Smart Alice George Martin 1956
The Banana Bunch Leo Baxendale, Bill Hill, Robert Nixon, Barrie Appleby 1990 Continued in the Beezer and Topper and was reprinted in Dandy Xtreme in 2004 and 2010.
Mumbo and Jumbo Unknown/George Drysdale 1956
The Kings of Castaway Island James Walker 1969 Adventure Four separate series, in which the final series was a reprint.
Baby Crockett Bill Ritchie 1990 Continued in the Beezer and Topper. It also appeared in Bimbo and Little Star.

1957[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
Yellow Eye, The Jungle Kitten Michael Darling 1957 Adventure
Bucko's Flying Bedstead Ron Forbes 1957 Adventure
Hornet Wilson and his Educated Insects Ken Hunter 1958 Adventure

1958[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
Cap'n Hand Leo Baxendale, David Law, George Drysdale, Michael Barratt 1960
The Blood Brothers of the Spanish Main Ron Smith 1958 Adventure
Buffalo Boy Victor Peon 1959 Adventure
Caesar William Timym 1959 Appeared in the Sunday Graphic
Colonel Blink Tom Bannister, George Martin 1990 Spinoff strip Blinky appeared in the Beezer and Topper
Oliver's Travels George Martin 1959

1959[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
The Survivors Ken Hunter 1959 Adventure
The Showboat Circus Paddy Brennan, David Sutherland 1970 Adventure Three separate series, in which the last series was a reprint.
Merry Hood and his Robbin Men George Martin 1960
Blind Jumbo James Walker 1960 Adventure
Miguel the Matador Bob McGrath 1960 Also appeared in Valiant
Wooly West Bill Ritchie 1960
The Black Sapper Jack Glass 1961 Adventure Originally appeared in The Rover in 1929 as a prose story about a thief who stole the Crown Jewels with his tunnelling machine called the Earthworm

1960[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
The Badd Lads Malcolm Judge, John Dallas, Mervyn Johnston, John Geering 1990 Appeared in the Beezer and Topper
The Jellymen Ken Hunter 1984 Adventure Five separate series, in which the fourth series was a reprint.
My Pal Wonderwing Terry Patrick 1960 Adventure
Hank the Yank 1960 Reprint from USA

1961[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
The Log of the S.S. Mary Anne Albert Holroyd/Michael Darling 1962 Adventure
The Mob Next Door Bill Hill 1967

1962[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
The Numskulls Malcolm Judge, Tom Lavery, Jimmy Glen, Steve Bright 1990 Appeared in the Beezer and Topper. Appeared in The Beano after the Beezer and Topper closed.
Cicero's Cat Al Smith 1963
Mutt and Jeff Al Smith 1963 Originally featured in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1907
The Gobbles Leo Baxendale 1964 A group of vultures always on the lookout for food, which is similar to The Three Bears.

1963[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
The Iron Eaters Ken Hunter, Sandy Calder 1974 Adventure Two separate series about sponges from space that ate iron, causing all kinds of problems

1964[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
Tommy Taylor's Toybox Leo Baxendale, Bill Hill, John Geering 1984 Adventure Two separate series released in 1964 and 1981 respectively.
Dreamy Dick Unknown 1964
Taffy the Tearaway Terrier James Walker 1964 Adventure
Copy Cat Bob McGrath 1964
The Fighting Finlays Ron Smith 1964 Adventure
The Phantom Flyer Terry Patrick 1964 Adventure
The Space Kids Ron Smith 1977 Adventure Two separate series, in which the second one was a reprint.
Little Mo Bob McGrath 1990 Appeared in the Beezer and Topper
Young Sid the Copper's Kid George Martin 1989
My Pal Ropey Albert Holroyd 1987 Adventure Two separate series released in 1964 and 1986 respectively

1965[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
The Scarlet Spider Ken Hunter 1966 Adventure

1966[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
Uncle Dan the Medicine Man Bill Holroyd/Albert Holroyd 1987 Adventure Two separate series, in which the second one was a reprint. It was also reprinted in Buzz.
Space Patrol Terry Patrick 1967 Adventure

1967[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
Mr Flippy Ken Hunter 1969 Adventure There are two separate series, in which the second one was a reprint.
Smiffy Bill Ritchie 1988
Roly Poly Bill Hill 1969
Wrinkle and Twinkle Bill Hill 1986 There are two series, in which the second one was a reprint in 1986.
Dee for Danger Ron Smith 1967 Adventure

1969[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
General Jim Ken Hunter 1982 Adventure There are two series, in which the second one was a reprint in 1981.
Black Bun Bill Hill 1975
Hocus Pocus Albert Holroyd 1970 Adventure
Dicky Burd Bill Ritchie 1978

1970[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
Tommy's Tick-Tock Twin Albert Holroyd 1971 Adventure
Mighty Mik Ken Hunter 1985 Adventure There are two series, in which the second one was a reprint in 1985.

1971[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
Barney's Barmy Army Ken Hunter 1985 Adventure There are two series, in which the second one was a reprint in 1985.
Willie Wink the Missing Link Albert Holroyd 1972
The Gobblers Watson Kennedy 1972 Adventure

1972[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
The Barkers Watson Kennedy 1974
Hairy Dan - Football Fan Bill Ritchie 1981

1974[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
March of the Giants Sandy Calder 1975 Adventure
Fiddlesticks Ken Hunter 1975
Dan McGlue Malcolm Judge 1974
Blubba Watson Kennedy 1976 Adventure

1975[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
Krunch, the Monster from the Deep Frank McDiarmid 1976 Adventure
Joey's Ark Paddy Brennan 1976 Adventure
Pedro, the Pesky Parrot Bill Hill 1976

1976[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
Jest a Minute Bill Hill/Ken H. Harrison 1979 Originally in Cracker
Billy the Kid Gordon Bell 1979 Originally in Cracker
Joe Soap John Dallas 1979 Originally in Cracker, the series was later appeared in a further two issues in 1987.
Little Orror David Easington 1979 Originally in Cracker
Young Foo, the Kung Fu Kid Brian Platt 1979 Originally in Cracker
Scrapper Tom Lavery/Bill Hill, Steve Bright/Gordon Bell 1988 Originally in Cracker
Iron Hand Paddy Brennan 1979 Adventure Originally in Cracker

1978[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
Mr. Licko and his Lollipops Ken Hunter 1981 Adventure

1979[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
Plug Vic Neill/David Gudgeon 1986 Originally in Plug
Hugh's Zoo Gordon Bell 1986 Originally in Plug
First Ada Gordon Bell 1981 Originally in Plug
EcBagoom Albert Holroyd 1981 Originally in Plug
Antchester United John Geering 1981 Originally in Plug

1981[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
Saucy Sue John Dallas 1987
Hungry Hoss Bill Ritchie 1987
The Munchers Gordon Bell 1986

1983[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
Grotty Gables, the Funniest Hotel in Town Albert Holroyd 1984

1984[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
The Wallies of Winkle Street David Gudgeon 1987
Beefy Dan, the Fast Food Man John Geering 1986

1986[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
Tuff and Tiny Gordon Bell 1989
Paw, Maw and Porky John Geering 1989 Title was changed to Porky in 1988

1987[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
True Brit Robert Nixon 1988
Twitt Hall John Geering 1988
Photo Funnies Gordon Bell 1988
Clockwise Cartoons Gordon Bell/George Martin 1990

1988[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
Count Spatula Gordon Bell 1988
Club 5 Barrie Appleby 1990 Beezer's own version of The Dandy's Cuddles and Dimples
The Beezers Bob Dewar 1989
Pam Bill Ritchie 1989
HeadHamster Glynn Clark 1989
Night 'n' Gale Henry Davies 1989
The Beezer Babies Bob Dewar 1990

1989[edit]

Strip Title Artist(s) End Date Genre Note(s)
Adrian the Barbarian Sid Burgon 1990 Continued in the Beezer and Topper, and was reprinted as Olaff the Madlander in The Beano
Geezer Robert Nixon 1990 Continued in the Beezer and Topper, and similar to The Beano's Roger the Dodger
Phoot and Mouse Tom Paterson 1990
Man Saturday Gordon Bell 1989
Scratcher Bill Ritchie 1990 Spin-off featuring cat from the Pam strip. It appeared in the Beezer and Topper.
Sting Bob Dewar 1990 Continuation of the Beezers, and later continued in the Beezer and Topper
Adrian's Fables Robert Nixon 1990 It featured Adrian in Adrian the Barbarian
Wabits Gordon Bell 1990 Continued in the Beezer and Topper.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Book of the Beezer by Ray Moore