|The Buytonic Boy originally appeared in Krazy Comic|
Comic merging was common in the UK. When a title was failing it would be merged with a bigger selling title. This was a way of saving the most popular strips - a good example is when Starlord merged with 2000AD it's most successful story, Strontium Dog would go from strength to strength. Indeed these days Johnny Alpha is more associated with 2000AD than his original home.
|Star Wars Parody|
The strip left takes its obvious influence from the Star Wars movies, and told the comic adventures of Space Sheriff Starr and his robotic dog Rin Tin Tim.
The editor of Chips was billed as Shiner - so named because he was always sporting a black eye. Receiving a black eye in some tussle or other was a mark of pride for young boys during the Seventies. Scrapping was something we all did for the flimsiest of reasons.
"Let's have a scrap. Meet on the football field after school,' was the answer to any insult or argument between friends. Personally I was never any good at it, being a sensitive soul, and I had several black eyes in my time but don't think I can recall giving anyone a shiner.
|Horace loves Doris - not likely!|
However whilst Romeo and Juliet had to walk the streets of Varona with their love forbidden, Horace had to dash down the streets of 1970' s Britain to avoid Doris' amorous advancements and keep his virtue intact.
Whizzer and Chips had a good run, 1092 issues in total but inevitably the demise of children reading comics led to lower and lower sales - when the comic started no-one even had a colour televison but by the time it died we were living in the age of video recorders and the formative years of the home computer games industry.
|The first ever issue|