Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Comics: TIGER (1970)

By 1970 Tiger had solidly become an all-sports theme comic, with the Christmas issue featuring Johnny Cougar on the cover taking a break from wrestling. (For several years during this period the cover strip rotated between Johnny Cougar, Skid Solo, and Roy of the Rovers.) Artwork by Sandy James, with the story continuing inside...


Carr Street United was a relatively short-run strip with artwork by Sam Fair...


Tiger had the advantage of better printing than most of its companion comics at IPC, allowing artists to embellish strips in grey wash. John Vernon used the technique to nice effect on his Skid Solo pages...



The comic only carried one humour strip in the seventies, with Autograph Albert being the one during this period. Art by Norman Mansbridge...

Finally, a full page ad for that year's Tiger Annual and its related titles, including books for Hurricane and Jag, two comics that had merged into Tiger in, respectively, 1965 and 1969. The weeklies were gone but the annuals continued...

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4 comments:

James Spiring said...

Looks like a typo on that annuals advert - surely Jag's annual was 160 pages like the Tiger, Hurricane, and Roy of the Rovers annuals were, not 150 pages?

I also notice it doesn't mention any story titles for Hurricane - I guess that's because Tiger readers wouldn't recognise any of them, because they'd all stopped appearing in Tiger by that point?

Lew Stringer said...

Yeah, just a typo.

Skid Solo originated from Hurricane and he was still in Tiger so it's strange it didn't mention him. Then again, those ads were just knocked out quickly so perhaps it didn't occur to whoever wrote them.

John Pitt said...

I didn't get the Tiger until the 80's, when I was lured by Death Wish on the cover. It was still on good quality paper, as was ROTR who'd had his own comic for a considerable time by then.

Lew Stringer said...

I think Tiger was the management's favourite at IPC so it had better paper for years. In the end though, declining sales put it back to cheap newsprint. I liked the comic. It was a comfortable read.

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