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Wham ran for 187 issues before it joined with "Pow" in 1968.

Issue 1 with the free gift of a "Wham! Gun" would be worth around 60 today.

Leo Baxendale, who created The Bash Street Kids and Minnie The Minx for Beano, also created most of the characters for WHAM! He drew many of the early strips, including Biff, The Tiddlers, and Eagle Eye. However, it's a popular misconception that he drew strips for every issue until it ended. Other artists, such as Mike Lacey, were often commissioned to "ghost" Leo's style on Wham (and the later companion comics Smash! and Pow!). As Leo was allowed the (then) rare privilege of signing his work, it's a good indication that if a strip doesn't carry his signature he didn't draw it. (This rule of thumb doesn't apply to IPC comics, where Leo wasn't able to sign his stuff). - Lew Stringer

Contrary to Lew Stringers comments, Leo Baxendale did sign his Sweeny Toddler strip in Whoopee and the Badtime Bedtime Book in Monster Fun. In fact from the mid-seventies most of the artists at IPC did sign their work. (Before the nineties Dudley Watlins was the only artist at DC Thompson whose signiture appeared in the comics.) It's only in the last fifteen years or so that Leo Baxendale has been credited as the creator of Minnie the Minx and the Bash Street Kids, even though it's been donkeys' years since he last drew them. I thought his best stuff was the stuff he drew for Wham onwards. - Clive Huggett

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