Sunday, December 22, 2019

The Christmas CHIPS (1939)

Here's my final Christmas choice for this season, and indeed forever, as Blimey! will end on December 31st so there'll be no festive covers from me next year. Therefore I thought I'd make sure this last choice is a good 'un! We travel back in time 80 years to this week in 1939 where this wonderful edition of Chips was in newsagents across the UK. 

We all have our favourite eras for comics but there's no denying that the 1930s were a fantastic period for beautifully drawn Christmas logos. Percy Cocking has put everything into this title design; Father Christmas, decorations, stockings, holly, crackers, Christmas pud, the traditional slap-up feed, and even an appearance by the editor, Fred Cordwell, in the top left there hosting the event. And yes, characters were frequently shown smoking and drinking in kids' comics back then!

Percy Cocking was also the artist on the Weary Willie and Tired Tim strip. Two of the very earliest comics characters who'd been around since Tom Browne created them in 1896. They appeared on the front cover of Chips until its final issue in 1953. 

Tucked away on page two was the editorial, and a sad reminder of the era this comic was published in. It was 1939, war had begun, and the editor makes references to evacuees, and those in the forces...

Chips was in its usual 8 page tabloid format on pink paper and the centre pages had an array of tightly packed humour strips. Here's a sample...

Ivor Klue the Great Detective, drawn by Albert Pease...

Casey Court, also by Albert Pease (he was very good wasn't he)...

Pa Perkins and his son Percy, by Bertie Brown...

Homeless Hector... often by Bertie Brown but I'm not sure who drew this one...

There was also a small advert for that year's Radio Fun Annual. The price of half a crown (12 and a half pence) would have been quite expensive back then...
By the way, I don't know how many of you noticed, but I put Weary Willie and Tired Tim, and Homeless Hector, into the Cor!! Buster Humour Special as little cameos. I'm intending to do the same again in the Buster strip I'm drawing for next year's Cor!! Buster Easter Special. Gotta keep those old characters alive!
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I hope you've enjoyed this festive selection. I'll be doing a handful of posts after Christmas but the blog will cease to be updated after 31st December. See you soon and may I wish you a Happy Christmas!

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13 comments:

SID said...

Will be looking out for the guest stars, Lew.

Peter Gray said...

Casey Coourts is just a joy to see...Happy Christmas...thanks for all the many posts to revisit...and all the best with your own work blog..

Ben Bernard-Smith said...

Merry Christmas, Lew. Have a great one!

Lew Stringer said...

Thanks Peter, Ben.

SID said...

I think I said earlier that I thought the older comics really caught the essence of Christmas and this issue of Chips is a lovely example.

Merry Christmas, Lew.

Lew Stringer said...

Yes, it's very much a design suited to its time but as Christmas imagery is often still depicted that way it would be nice to see it applied to more comics today.

Colin Jones said...

Merry Christmas, Lew, and to everyone who reads Blimey :D

Lew Stringer said...

Thanks Colin, and a Merry Christmas to you too.

Roberto said...

Happy holidays Lew. It's been a pleasure to read your reviews of old time comics, and your blog as a whole. Best wishes for the upcoming year.

Charlie Horse 47 said...

Lew - Merry Christmas from Chicago! (It's still Christmas here, though now 12/26 in the UK, lol). All the best!

Unknown said...

Happy Christmas, Lew. I have really enjoyed your site over the years.

Unknown said...

Happy Christmas, Lew. I have really enjoyed your site over the years.

Lew Stringer said...

Thanks folks. Hope you're having a good festive season.

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