“Pip, Squeak and Wilfred” rarity offered on eBay

A Pip, Squeak and Wilfred gem is currently being offered on eBay – a small booklet starring the Daily Mirror‘s long-running and once very popular characters on a short adventure, featuring a quite vicious penguin fight after Squeak misunderstands a conversation about who will be Queen of the May!

Offered by King’s Lynn-based seller Paws and Ponies, The Adventures of Pip, Squeak and Wilfred booklet, measuring about 4 x 7 cm, was published by Home Publicity Ltd., and while undated it’s probably from the early 1920s. 

The small 12-page booklet was published as part of a series called Merry Miniatures, and illustrated by the strip’s co-creator, signing one of the illustrations as A. B. Payne.

  • Merry Miniatures - Pip, Squeak and Wilfred (1920s)
  • Merry Miniatures - Pip, Squeak and Wilfred (1920s)
  • Merry Miniatures - Pip, Squeak and Wilfred (1920s)
  • Merry Miniatures - Pip, Squeak and Wilfred (1920s)
  • Merry Miniatures - Pip, Squeak and Wilfred (1920s)
  • Merry Miniatures - Pip, Squeak and Wilfred (1920s)
  • Merry Miniatures - Pip, Squeak and Wilfred (1920s)

The Daily Mirror strip Pip, Squeak and Wilfred is surely a classic example of a lost comic treasure – characters who had such a following they inspired the creation of three World War One medals, and their own fan club – in the 1920s.

Launched in 1919 and running in the Mirror through the 1920s and 30s, the strip was created and written by one of the paper’s journalists, Bertram J. Lamb (who signed himself as Uncle Dick), and beautifully drawn by the cartoonist Austin Bowen Payne (A.B. Payne).

Pip, Squeak and Wilfred: "Sleeping Out" - a sample strip from the long-running comic published by and © the Daily Mirror
Pip, Squeak and Wilfred: “Sleeping Out” – a sample strip from the long-running comic published by and © the Daily Mirror

The strip centred on the adventures of an orphaned family of animals and friends: the Father figure, Pip the dog; the Mother, Squeak, a penguin; and Wilfred the young child – a rabbit with very long ears, who all lived at “Mirror Grange”. (A book about this fictitious property, Mirror Grange, The book of the Daily Mirror’s house for Pip, Squeak and Wilfred, was published in 1929 and is a popular item among dolls house and model collectors).

The strip not only had a huge following, and its own club, but there was plenty of tie-in merchandise, too, and there are a lot of avid fans of the strip who are keen to collect it. This despite the fact that the characters haven’t featured in the Daily Mirror for decades. (As we noted previously here on downthetubes, sadly, a proposed revival in the 1990s by Tim Quinn and Nick Miller proved an unsuccessful pitch).

Paws and Ponies specialises in vintage and antique paper ephemera, such as postcards, greetings cards, photographs, magazines, booklets, guides and leaflets, advertising and travel related memorabilia, and second-hand books.

You can bid on the Merry Miniatures booklet here on eBay

Read our feature “Forgotten Comic Characters: Pip, Squeak and Wilfred”

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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