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Beezer #1 with the free gift, a Whizz Bang is worth around 200 in mint condition.
The Beezer issues prior to 1981 were in a broadsheet format, in issue 1315, 28 March 1981, Beezer joined forces with Plug and the new comic was printed in the small size format.

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BABY CROCKET This character originally appeared in a strip entitled "Wee Fella" (1946-1954) in a magazine called "The Peoples Journal", and he also appeared in the nursery comic Bimbo/Little Star (1961-1976)
SPACE PATROL Which appeared in issues 558 to 583, was apparently based on the Arthur Provis animated TV series of the same name . Anyone else out there have any other interesting snippets concerning the characters /artists /history of this vastly underated comic I would be interested to know! - Nigel Plane

A BEEZER fan was looking for info about the strip SPACE PATROL. I believe it also appeared in TV COMIC in the mid-'60s. (It's featured in their 1966 annual.) At least, I'm assuming I'm thinking of the same strip; did the BEEZER strip also have the characters Slim, Husky and Captain Dart?

TV COMIC at that time also had a strip called THE TELEGOONS, based on the classic '50s radio comedy THE GOON SHOW. (Would I lie to you?) I can't believe there are other people who remember this stuff! - James

The Beezer - which I always looked on as inferior to the Beano, although in retrospect perhaps it was not so bad. Certainly the Jellymen were brilliant. They were 6 ft tall pink octopoids with trumpet shaped hand tentacles, capable of extruding a bubble to seal in hapless pre-teens, who were nevertheless capable of outwitting them in many ways (secret dissolving solution, putting log beneath bubble etc.) They came out of the sea, and dominated this country without seeming to attract the attention of America - neat trick. Of course, my memory could be faulty in a number of ways - excess interest in trivia over an extended period could well have jammed my synapses.
And not a bit sad.
Cheers-Lynne Brown

To be honest I don't remember the Buddy comic, this may be due to my faulty memory, or maybe I never had a copy - when was it around? I do remeber many of the characters that are on your 'Buddy' page, but I thought that most of them were Beano or Dandy characters, e.g. Billy the Cat, General Jumbo, Jonah, Wolf of Kabul etc.

As far as I know the Spacewhacker and Bushwhacker were both in the Beezer in the early 60's. The vehicle may have been a Helicopter in earlier stories, but at the time I was reading (1959 - 1966 ish!), it was this 'land-yacht' article.

Also, do you remember the story concerning giant spherical pink sponges that invaded the earth and ate metal? I believe that this story was in the Topper, originally in the centre, later on the back page (I think).

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Others that haunt the rear end of my memory are:

The Badd Lads; Boss, Fingers, and Knuckles - always up to no good and getting caught

The Black Sapper with his 'Mole', a burrowing machine. (I'm not sure if I'm mixing two stories there)

Danger Man with his 'Zoomar' space ship, later introducing the 'Danger Twins' two youngsters who each had a smaller version of Danger Mans' space ship and lived with him on a satellite base

The Iron Fish, originally piloted by an adult, and eventually becoming two 'Iron Fish' piloted by a boy and a girl - all the names escape me.

Robot Archie - 'nuff said

Kelly's Eye - a man called Kelly who had a mystical amulet that provided him with some sort of power and a variety of narrow escapes.

And another story that I cannot remember the name of concerning the wild west adventures of a young wild boy and his 'pet' Lynx - they used to run up and down the desert righting wrongs etc.

Also, but not in the usual comics (such as Beano, Beezer, Dandy etc,) there was the (fairly) long running story of the Trigan Empire in I think something like Look & Learn.

I can't help you or contribute anything other than memories as all my old comics are long gone, slowly followed by my brain cells.-Tim Snell

The Pink sponges were the dreaded "Iron Eaters".-Stephen Haigh.

I've never heard of Buddy but I remember Spacewhacker from The Beezer. The vehicle was a red and vaguely insectlike with flexible arms and a bubble on the front. The characters flew around on gas-filled pods which when punctured, took off like a rocket. It was beautifully drawn and seemed similar in style to Don Lawrence's Trigan Empire but that might be just my failing memory. - Stephen Haigh

Your info for this strip on the Buddy characters page is interesting. In the 60s, The Bushwhacker was a strip in the Beezer comic. The idea and story were similar, but the driver/inventor of the buggy (not a helicopter - it couldn't fly) was called Slim Silver and the kids (his younger sister and brother, not his children) were Bob and Tess. I wonder if Buddy ripped it off and changed the names?? Would you like a pic? The Beezer strip later became the Spacewhacker, with the same three characters travelling around in a spaceship ! - Freydis

From memory: The Bushwhacker was a land yacht, which could also float and had a mast system that could fold out to form a helicopter blade. It had a fuselage shaped something like a cross between a fish and a light aircraft and the wheels were on outriggers to give it more stability. The front tapered to a long spike. The artwork was in the usual Beezer black and red.

The three main characters Slim, Tess and Bob later transferred to the Spacewhacker series, which followed their adventures to the Purple Planet and back. On the Purple Planet, they befriended a tribe nicknamed "Greenskins", whose principal mode of transport was giant pods full of compressed gas. These were called 'flying pumpkins' by our intrepid travellers. The team was joined on a lot of their adventures by "Charlie Greenskin", presumably an adolescent of the tribe, but he doesn't follow them on all of their travels. Their adventures include encounters with giant birds, dinosaur-like reptiles and fish, gold-hungry corooks from Earth - via a supply ship, psuedo-roman civilizations - hence the similarity to the Trigan Empire? - and hypnotic, floating flowers among others. The series ran to 100 issues, in colour on the back page and was also featured in 3 Beezer annuals, although these stories were not as enjoyable.

The Spacewhacker itself was square-ish and tank-like, bright red and had a huge plexiglass dome at the front as a cockpit. The rear had two jet exhausts and there were small semicircular winglets on the sides housing telescopic grabs. On the upper surface was an escape hatch and a large crescent shaped air scoop/scanner. The front of the ship was set off by two oversized headlights and a long, thin gun. Usually, the craft rolled along on segmented rollers, but it could also 'walk' on three telescopic stilts, mounted at the rear and on each of the winglets. The profile and capabilities of the Sacewhacker varied a bit over the length of the series and the legs were unfeasably long in some stories. Of course, it could submerge and float, but could not fly at all.

I'm currently trying to collect a complete run of Spacewhacker strips, so if anybody can oblige, I'd be very grateful. A good scan, or even a photo would be good for reference while I try to complete my set. - John Palmer

I remember the Spacewhacker as well: the bubble cockpit, huge rollers in place of wheels and improbable adventures - but at the age of 10. - Ian Wheeler

On Bushwhacker/Spacewhacker: I remember reading a Spacewhacker strip and a transition to that from Bushwhacker, which was some kind of bulldozer leviathan that could smash its way through jungle. I think it was published in Hotspur abound the end of the 50s or beginning of 60s.
Hope this helps in some way. - John Berrie

I have just discovered your excellent Beezer webpages, as I have a couple of Beezers from 1958, nos 29 and 31 from August of that year.
I was researching The Kings of Castaway Island, to see if I could find any more of these fascinating (albeit improbable...but that is the joy of comics...) stories.
I found that you had a reference to the Bushwhacker, and there is a Bushwhacker in these two comics, featuring Slim Silver, his young brother and sister, Bob and Tess, a journey across the trackless outback of Australia, with Karamee, an Aborigine friend, and Ted Blake, a jet pilot. Their adventures are highly improbable, but very exciting and entertaining!
I would like to read more.... and of The Kings of Castaway Island! - Jules Carr

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