There was a time when you could walk into your local newsagents or paper shop and the shelves would be teeming with comics. Sadly those days are gone. Even the world's longest running comic, The Dandy, which was once a permanent feature has disappeared from the shelves.

My introduction to comics came via the fist issue of Roy of the Rovers in 1976, with memorable stories such as Tommy's Troubles, Hard Man with Johnny Dexter, Millionaire Villa and You are The Star. Not forgetting of course the star of the comic himself Roy Race of the mighty Melchester Rovers. My favourite story was Tommy's Troubles which was the story of a young Tommy Barnes who was desperate to play football but attended a school which was rugby only. Every week I would expectantly wait for my dad to arrive with my fresh new issue of Roy of the Rovers comic to find out what had happened after last week's gripping cliff hanger only to be left in suspense again some two pages later.

I later started reading Tiger comic, having been introduced to it from it's stablemate Roy of the Rovers. Tiger differed from Roy of the Rovers which was football only as Tiger was a sport's themed comic. My era was the 1970s and the early 1980s but as you can see from the history page, there have been literally hundreds of titles catering to numerous themes for boys and girls alike.

Although most of the comic titles are no longer printed, the comics are still avidly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts alike. Search British comics in eBay and you will find that there are literally thousands of British comics exchanging hands for, in some cases, considerable sums of money. In fact the continued interest in British comics has led to a number of books being published including  British Comics: A Cultural History, The Ultimate Book of British Comics and Great British Comics to name but a few.


British Comics: A Cultural History By James Chapman