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Buster #1 with the "Buster's Ballon Bleeper" free gift in near mint condition would sell for around 80.00
In it's time the Buster comic has been teamed up with - in chronological order: Buster & Radio Fun, Buster & Film Fun, Buster & Big One, Buster & Giggle, Buster & Jet, Buster & Cor, Buster & Monster Fun, Buster & Jackpot, Buster & School Fun, Buster & Nipper, Buster & Oink, Buster & Whizzer & Chips.

Did you know Buster was cancelled last week? It had been all-reprint for a year or more, and finally "died" at the end of 1999. The last of Fleetway's traditional comics. - Lew Stringer

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Heres a bit of information about the comics, The Best of Buster,Whoppee,Whizzer and Chips (all'The best of') and Big Comic. They stopped printing in February 1995, the next month they merged to make BVC-The Big Value Comic, which ran every month for 19 issues and a Summer Special. . P.S-In early 1996 IPC published a Monthly 'Buster Classics' which ran for only 8 issues. - Billy Hicks

Sad to hear of Buster's demise. I used to pick one up occasionally for old time's sake, but not many places seemed to stock it. Also, I didn't realise for sure that Whizzer & Chips had gone. I could give you lots of info about Buster as I still have most issues from 1969 to 1973, and a few later ones. Clever Dick was the star turn. I have an excellent book by his creator & artist Leo Baxendale. Also one by the writer of Rent a Ghost, whose name escapes me at the moment, but has drawn comic strips for about 60 years. - John

Does anyone remember those wonderful Guy Fawkes masks they used to give away with BUSTER in the 1960's? They used to be folded up in the centre of the comic and had elastic bands which you fitted over your ears! Is it possible that any BUSTER collector might still have one of these masks? If so, could you please get in touch with me. John

I didn't know that Buster was cancelled in January 2000. In its later years it was printed fornightly after having been a weekly comic. For the 7-12 age group IPC Magazines used to have about four titles at any one time. Although whenever they launched a new comic one of the others would fold, and some only lasted a year or two. By the end of the nineties they only had Whizzer and Chips and Buster and then Whizzer and Chips merged into Buster leaving only Buster. Buster was originally drawn by Any Capp's creator Reg Smythe and was billed as the son of Andy Capp, although the family connection was quietly dropped after about a year. - Clive Huggett

* Take a look a the Characters page for a great history of the Leopard of Lime Street by Briony.

I'm very sorry to see it go to comic heaven. I remember characters such as 'Ivor Lott and Tony Broke','Kid Kong','Gums' (a toothless shark) and 'X-Ray Specs'. 'Face-Ache' was the character I loved the most. I have never seen drawings so detailed! The monster faces he 'scrunged' were spectacular. - Robert Preston

I remember the Buster Guy Fawkes masks and still have one at home. One year, they gave away a Guy Fawkes banger (which I also have). There was also a boomerang (which I don't think I have any more) and some cards of TV celebrities in a folder (which I do). They also had a birthday club - I treasured a set of coloured biros, which was my gift, from this! - Bob

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I remember having the very first edition when I was at infants school and soon enough, all my classmates were buying it too. At one time, the free gift was a triangular shaped "banger" device which you operated by flicking it out, very quickly. All of us had one and the playground noise was terrific; so much so, that they were all confiscated. I looked forward to Maxwell Hawke the Ghost Hunter and his assistant, Jill Adair, Jason (?) Hyde, the Man with the X Ray Eyes, Galaxus, the Thing from Outer Space, the Dome of Doom, Captain Hurricane, Legges Eleven, cor, the list goes on forever. What I can't recollect however, is the character list from the very first issue. Anyone oblige?, All in all, a great British Comic, Ho Hum! - Stephen Lyons

In1961 I was obsessed with Buster and I used to walk around wearing a big old hat so people would think I was him.Also I have a little gold coloured Buster lapel badge that you could send off for, priced three and sixpence.Apart from the hat incident I was a pretty normal kid.honestly. - Bamdad Aziz

Stephen Lyons states on the website that Buster featured Captain Hurricane, Legges Eleven and Jason Hyde. His memory is playing tricks on him. These strips were of course featured in Valiant.

It is probably just as well it died - it was not the same after it dropped the adventure strips (as a consequence of the IPC policy to have all funnies or all adventure comics). The best comics to come out of IPC or Fleetway were the ones that had a good mix of both comic and adventure strips. Valiant and Buster were the best of these. - Steve Woodard

My grandfather was Gwnne Price aka Kim. Who was the cartoonist who drew " Buster " during the 60's- Dandj Morgan

I remember buying my first (fantastic) Buster comic as a kid. The free gift was a 'Buster' mask complete with press-out nose & the famous cap. There was one strip I remember (if my memory is correct) called the Dinkles & the Snigs, who were forever at war with each other. One of these (Snigs, I think) were a sort of 'cousin It' with a big hat with eye holes, & hair & feet sticking out of the bottom. Can't remember what the Dinkles looked like. Maybe someone here can fill in a few more details.- Charles Moody

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