Hatch, Match & Dispatch – Oct 2020

Welcome to the new-look edition Hatch, Match and Dispatch, readers! It’s mostly just the comics’ details and cover image this time — and far, far less of the usual rambling trivia from me. The excision of said rambling trivia saves me time writing it, and saves you time reading it: we’re all winners!

(See also Oct 2019, Nov 2019, Dec 2019, Jan 2020, Feb 2020, Mar 2020, Apr 2020, May 2020, Jun 2020, Jul 2020, Aug 2020 and Sep 2020.)

Standard disclaimer: unless I decide otherwise, these are only the “big” anniversaries (25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 60, 70, 75, 80, 90 & 100+ years); dates are cover-dates where known; monthly comics with no confirmed day of launch default to the start of the month; and this list is accurate only to the best of my knowledge, so do please let me know of any important errors or omissions!

25 years ago:

October – Deadline final issue.
Publisher: Deadline Publications Limited
From: Oct 1988
To: Oct 1995
Duration: 7 years
Issues: 71

18 October – The Exploits of Spider-Man final issue.
Publisher: Marvel/Panini UK
From: 21 Oct 1992
To: 18 Oct 1995
Duration: 3 years
Issues: 40

31 October – Space Precinct launched.
Publisher: Manga Entertainment
From: 31 Oct 1995
To: 30 Jan 1996
Duration: 3 months
Issues: 6

30 years ago:

October – Judge Dredd Megazine launched.
Publisher: IPC/Fleetway/Egmont/Rebellion
From: Oct 1990
To: present day
Duration: 30 years
Issues: 424
See also: Judge Dredd Megazine 30th Anniversary.

October – Slimer! final issue.
Publisher: Marvel UK
From: 21 Sep 1989
To: Oct 1990
Duration: 1 year, 1 month
Issues: 13
Absorbed into The Real Ghostbusters

October – Trident final issue.
Publisher: Trident Comics
From: Aug 1989
To: Oct 1990
Duration: 1 year, 2 months
Issues: 8
Bimonthly

04 October – Zones final issue.
Publisher: London Editions
From: 01 Apr 1990
To: 04 Oct 1990
Duration: 6 months
Issues: 4
Bi-monthly

17 October – Whizzer and Chips final issue.
Publisher: IPC
From: 18 Oct 1969
To: 17 Oct 1990
Duration: 21 years
Issues: 1092
Absorbed into Buster

35 years ago:

October – The Best of 2000AD Monthly launched.
Publisher: Egmont
From: Oct 1985
To: Aug 1995
Duration: 9 years, 10 months
Issues: 119
Relaunched as Classic 2000AD
See also: HM&D Sep 2020

19 October – Champ final issue.
Publisher: DC Thomson
From: 25 Feb 1984
To: 19 Oct 1985
Duration: 1 year, 8 months
Issues: 87
Absorbed into The Victor

26 October – Hoot launched.
Publisher: DC Thomson
From: 26 Oct 1985
To: 25 Oct 1986
Duration: 1 year
Issues: 53
Absorbed into The Dandy
See also: Comics on TV: The Deceived.

40 years ago:

25 October – Speed final issue.
Publisher: IPC
From: 23 Feb 1980
To: 25 Oct 1980
Duration: 8 months
Issues: 31
Absorbed into Tiger

45 years ago:

11 October – The Wonderful World of Disney launched.
Publisher: IPC
From: 11 Oct 1975
To: 14 Feb 1976
Duration: 4 months
Issues: 19
Absorbed into Disneyland

18 October – Donald and Mickey final issue.
Publisher: IPC
From: 04 Mar 1972
To: 18 Oct 1975
Duration: 3 years, 7 months
Issues: 188
Relaunched as Mickey Mouse
This one was renamed “Mickey and Donald” from #182 (6 Sep 1975) shortly before Donald Duck was given his own comic, then it relaunched a few weeks later as Mickey Mouse, and then absorbed Donald Duck’s comic after its cancellation at issue #18.

25 October – Mickey Mouse launched.
Publisher: IPC
From: 25 Oct 1975
To: 29 Nov 1980
Duration: 5 years, 1 month
Issues: 263
Relaunch of Donald & Mickey
Relaunched as Mickey Magazine

25 October – The Titans launched.
Publisher: Marvel UK
From: 25 Oct 1975
To: 24 Nov 1976
Duration: 1 year, 1 month
Issues: 58
Absorbed into: Super Spider-Man with The Superheroes
See also: The Titans
(Update: Thanks to Stephen Roddam for the correction on the number of issues!)

50 years ago:

01 October – Action Picture Library final issue.
Publisher: IPC
From: 01 Aug 1969
To: 01 Oct 1970
Duration: 1 year, 2 months
Issues: 30

17 October – Thunder launched.
Publisher: IPC
From: 17 Oct 1970
To: 12 Mar 1971
Duration: 5 months
Issues: 22
Absorbed into Lion
See also: Thunder

55 years ago:

01 October – June and School Friend Picture Library launched.
Publisher: Fleetway
From: 01 Oct 1965
To: 08 Jul 1970
Duration: 4 years, 9 months
Issues: 251
Relaunch of School Friend Picture Library

01 October – Hospital Nurse Picture Library final issue.
Publisher: Pearson
From: 01 Feb 1964
To: 01 Oct 1965
Duration: 1 year, 8 months
Issues: 45

60 years ago:

01 October – Captain Miracle launched.
Publisher: Anglo Features
From: 01 Oct 1960
To: 01 Jun 1961
Duration: 8 months
Issues: 9
Monthly. Retitled Invincible from #6.

01 October – Cherie launched.
Publisher: DC Thomson
From: 01 Oct 1960
To: 19 Oct 1963
Duration: 3 years
Issues: 160
Absorbed into Romeo

01 October – TV Land launched.
Publisher: TV Publications
From: 01 Oct 1960
To: 16 Jan 1962
Duration: 1 year, 3 months
Issues: 68
Absorbed into TV Comic

22 October – Silver Star final issue.
Publisher: Pearson
From: 16 Oct 1937
To: 22 Oct 1960
Duration: 23 years
Issues: 967
Absorbed into Marty

85 years ago:

05 October – The Pilot launched.
Publisher: Amalgamated Press
From: 05 Oct 1935
To: 02 Apr 1938
Duration: 2 years, 6 months
Issues: 131
Relaunch of: The Ranger (1933)
Absorbed into: The Wild West Weekly
See also: The Pilot

26 October – Girls’ Crystal launched.
Publisher: Amalgamated Press
From: 26 Oct 1935
To: 18 May 1963
Duration: 27 years, 7 months
Issues: 1437
Absorbed into: School Friend (1950)
Weekly story-paper. Titled The Crystal for the first nine issues. Became a comic on 21 Mar 1953.

95 years ago:

17 October – Butterfly & Firefly final issue.
Publisher: Amalgamated Press
From: 07 Apr 1917
To: 17 Oct 1925
Duration: 8 years, 6 months
Issues: 446
Relaunch of Butterfly (1904)
Relaunched as Butterfly (1925)

24 October – Butterfly (1925) launched.
Publisher: Amalgamated Press
From: 24 Oct 1925
To: 18 May 1940
Duration: 14 years, 7 months
Issues: 760
Relaunch of Butterfly & Firefly
Absorbed into Tip Top

110 years ago:

22 October – Merry & Bright launched.
Publisher: Amalgamated Press
From: 22 Oct 1910
To: 31 Mar 1917
Duration: 6 years, 5 months
Issues: 337
Absorbed into Merry & Bright the Favorite Comic
See also: Merry & Bright

22 October – The Empire Library (1) final issue.
Publisher: Amalgamated Press
From: 18 Feb 1910
To: 22 Oct 1910
Duration: 8 months
Issues: 36
Relaunched as The Empire Library (2)

29 October – The Empire Library (2) launched.
Publisher: Amalgamated Press
From: 29 Oct 1910
To: 06 May 1911
Duration: 7 months
Issues: 28
Relaunch of The Empire Library (1)
Absorbed into The Boys’ Realm Football and Sports Library

115 years ago:

01 October – The Nugget Library (1905) launched.
Publisher: James Henderson
From: 01 Oct 1905
To: 01 Dec 1907
Duration: 2 years, 2 months
Issues: 108
Relaunched as The Nugget Library (1908)
(Cover image not available.)

125 years ago:

01 October – Comrades (1893) final issue.
Publisher: Shurey’s Publications
From: 14 Jan 1893
To: 01 Oct 1895
Duration: 2 years, 9 months
Issues: 142
Relaunched as Pals (1895)

07 October – Pals (1895) launched.
Publisher: Shurey’s Publications
From: 07 Oct 1895
To: 06 May 1896
Duration: 7 months
Issues: 31
Relaunch of Comrades (1893)

4 thoughts on “Hatch, Match & Dispatch – Oct 2020

    1. Good catch, Stephen — thanks! (I’ve now made the appropriate corrections: my very first mention of The Titans correctly noted that it ran for 58 issues, but in my database I had it as 55. Don’t know how I got that wrong!)

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  1. I was gutted when SPEED merged with TIGER – but thankfully my parents let me switch the comic I had delivered from the newsagent to BATTLE which was brilliant (as I recall Charley’s War had just started the “Blue” saga; The Sarge was just wrapping up)

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    1. I can’t remember when I stopped reading Speed — or why. I definitely recall enjoying the early issues, but even so I had a feeling from the get-go that it hadn’t made a huge impact and before long we’d have “2000AD and Speed.”

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