Thurs. 5th June 1982
Thurs. 25th June 1983
#1 - Funny Face Gift
#2 - Spooky Spider
#3 - Will You, Won't You?
Adam and his Ants
Bill and Coo
Jake the Peg
KBR - Kid's Band
Rolf's Magic Brushes
When I Was Young...
The WOW! Factor
penultimate fun comic was born in June 1982,
but sadly, only "wowed" us for
56 issues before being
merged with "Whoopee!".
There was no star strip as such, but
the long-stayer turned
out to be Creepy
Comix, handsomely drawn by Reg Parlett.
The strips in Davey Doom's grisly collection
of comics would
come to life and, presumably helped scare
off the Fleetway
Merger Monsters 'cos Creepy Comix survived
merger and eventually found its way into
"Whizzer & Chips"!
The rest of the strips were a real
hotchpotch of second-tier
titles, and included a clutch of topical
tv spoofs and send-ups
of 80's kids' fads. Hence we
had KBR - Kid's Band Radio,
Adam and his Ants, Barney's
Badges and Hi-De-Hi, Hi-De-
Hooooo. There were also a large number
of filler pages
featuring games, puzzles and write-ins
- simple pages to
create and handy for plugging the gaps
left by the lack
of strip stars...
That's not to say this comic was bad.
Heck, it was a
Fleetway fun title, with art
from the very best strip artists
in the business - and the likes of Boy
Boss and Shipwreck
School certainly fitted the bill very
handsomely. No, it's
more the fact that there weren't enough
Star Turns here.
But in a curious way, that makes "WOW!"a
for Fleetway aficionados, because
it showcases so
many oft-forgotten creations!...
Annual cover stars
1984 - Team Mates
1985 - Shipwreck School
- Boy Boss