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As far as we can tell Big Comic Fortnightly was an amalgamation of a number of different comics from the IPC Magazines stable including, Buster, Cheeky and Whizzer and Chips amongst others.

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Big Comic Fortnightly was the best comic in the world man . it had more pages than any other comic and always cost less. it had all the good strips like the bumkin billianiares and odd ball as well as new and unique ones limited to big comic. simply the best. - Warren Holder

Big Comic Fortnightly may have seemed like a blockbuster of a bargain for its young readers, but it did nothing for the British comics industry. It represents a time when, instead of investing in new and original titles, publishers were content to rehash increasingly dated material. The reason was to cut costs, as no contributors received a penny for the reprints. However, this short-term policy backfired on the industry. With no contemporary comics to stir up interest, children abandoned comics in the UK. Sales dwindled on the reprint titles, leaving us with the sad state of today, where only a handful of comics survive.

Unwilling to take any responsibility for the downfall of their comics empire, publishers blamed the competition of tv and video games for luring children away. This sounded plausible, until one considers that comics are still hugely popular across Europe, Scandinavia, and Japan, home of the computer game! - Lew Stringer

I still have a small collection of Big Comic Fortnightly. I tried to get them when I could (the price started at 35p would you believe?) and the main character who introduced certain things, at least to start with, was an angularly drawn robot called COR (I am sure this was a reference to the comic COR but it stood for 'Computer Operated Robot'). The comic used to have a joke section that dwindled in time (the prize was 2) and a Post it Page at the back which gave away merchandise (especially from the films Moonwalker and Ghostbusters 2, Corgi miniature cars, Polly Pocket or Manta Force prizes all spring to mind as well . . .) if you sent in the page. The section wasn't really a main occurance after issue 25.

The comic featured most of the Fleetway bracket (Smiler, Paddywack and Faceache were amongst my favourite strips) and didn't realise that a lot featured where probably at least 10 years old at the date of being put into the issue and some strips show their age (esp. Sherlock Homes Jnr, Master P.Brain and Fiends and Neighbours) - though when you realise this, it is funny to see that the words 'Big Comic' are scratched into selected strips to replace the original comic's name.

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Teachers in the comic are often portrayed in 'old school' fashion (pardon the pun) as wearing a cloak with the flat headwear and tassel hanging from it (even using the cane! Minor corporal punishment was stopped around 1986 never mind the usage of objects LOL) and fathers were often portrayed as wearing vests and braces. - Robert Preston

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