Whizzer and Chips

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Whizzer and Chips
Whizzer and Chips.jpg
Advertisement for Whizzer and Chips in Smash!, 1 November 1969
Publication information
PublisherFleetway and IPC
Publication date18 Oct. 1969 – 27 Oct. 1990
No. of issues1092

Whizzer and Chips was a British comics magazine that ran from 18 October 1969 to 27 October 1990, when it merged with the comic Buster. As with most comics of the time, Whizzer and Chips was dated one week ahead of the day it actually appeared on newsstands in Great Britain. It had no relation to the earlier British comic Illustrated Chips (which ran from 1890 to 1953).

The format of Whizzer and Chips presented the comic as being divided into two separate parts — a novel idea at the time. One part was called Whizzer and the other was called Chips, with Chips existing as a separate pull-out section in the middle. The slogan "Two comics in one, double the fun!" was used. In the offices of publisher Fleetway, Whizzer and Chips was always regarded as one comic.

In common with most British comics of the time, both sections originally had some of their strips printed in semi-colour using black, white, and red (duotone), with others in plain black and white. To reinforce the distinction between the two sections, the duotone strips in Chips were later changed to black, white, and blue. Whizzer and Chips went full colour on the week of 4 May 1990.

The comic Knockout merged with Whizzer and Chips on 30 June 1973, as did Krazy in 1978, Whoopee! in 1985 and finally Scouse Mouse in 1989.[1]

Concepts[edit]

One ongoing concept was that the two comics were fierce rivals. A guest appearance by a character from one of the comic strips in the story of one in the other magazine would be described as a "raid", and the other comic would seek its revenge with a raid of its own the following week. The first raid did not appear until issue 2.

Readers were encouraged to become either a "Whizz-Kid" or a "Chip-ite", depending on which section they preferred. The leader of the Whizz-Kids was a boy called Sid and his snake Slippy, from the Sid's Snake comic strip. The leader of the Chip-ites was a boy called Shiner from the comic strip of the same name, who had aspirations to become a boxer. In the first issue of Whizzer and Chips, Sid's Snake was on the cover of Chips, for Shiner did not appear until issue 2.

Whizzer strips[edit]

Notable comic strips or characters in Whizzer throughout the comic's 21-year run included:

Chips strips[edit]

Notable comic strips or characters in Chips throughout the comic's 21-year run included:

Adventure stories[edit]

Adventure stories in the magazine included the following:

  • Alfie in Africa (2 January 1971 to 25 December 1971)
  • Archie's Angels (29 July 72 to 23 June 73)
  • The Castaways (from 1 January 1972)
  • Danny Drew's Dialling Man (1974/75)
  • The Perils of Paul White (1970)
  • Pursuit of the Puzzler (2 January 1971 until 29 July 1972)
  • Revenge of the Puzzler (5 August 1972 until 23 June 1973)
  • The Space Accident
  • The Spectacular Adventures of Willie Bunk (18 October 1969 to 26 December 1970)
  • Trip to Terror (from 30 June 1973; replaced the Puzzler series)
  • Who is Sandy? (2 January 1971 to 25 December 1971)
  • Wonder Car (1970 to 25 December 1971)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gray, Peter. "Whizzer and chips with Scouse mouse!!!!," Peter Gray's Comics and Art (17 December 2008).