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Red Dagger: Issue By Issue

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Red Dagger Issue 1

Issue 1
Title: Twisty
Character: Twisty Lunnan
Story Type: Contemporary football
Cover Artist: Information Welcome
Strip Artist: Barrie Mitchell
Originally Published: Bullet 1 (14 Feb 1976) to 20 (26 Jun 1976). Some reformatting due to half pages and the final page of issue 20 is not reprinted.

Red Dagger Issue 2

Issue 2
Title: Tough of the Track
Character: Alf Tupper
Story Type: Contemporary athletics
Cover Artist: Information Welcome
Strip Artist: Pete Sutherland
Originally Published: Victor 517 (16 Jan 1971) to 536  (29 May 1971)

Red Dagger Issue 3

Issue 3
Title: Morgyn the Mighty
Character: Morgyn the Mighty
Story Type: Contemporary adventure
Cover Artist: Information Welcome
Strip Artist: Ted Kearon
Originally Published: Victor 109 (23 Mar 1963) to 120 (8 Jun 1963) and 232 (31 Jul 1965) to 239 (18 Sep 1965). Reprinted 543 (17 Jul 1971) to 554 (2 Oct 1971) and 643 (16 Jun 1973) to 650 (4 Aug 1973)

Red Dagger Issue 4

Issue 4
Title: Sniper
Character: Sniper Kelly
Story Type: World War 2 Infantry
Cover Artist: Carlos Cruz with colour done in-house
Strip Artist: Carlos Cruz
Originally Published: Warlord 155 (10 Sep 77) to 171 (31 Dec 77)

Red Dagger Issue 5

Issue 5
Title: Midge Miller
Character: Malcolm “Midge” Miller
Story Type: Contemporary Athletics
Cover Artist: Information Welcome
Strip Artist: Information Welcome
Originally Published: Bullet 17 (5 Jun 1976) to 25 (31 Jul 1976), 28 (21 Aug 1976) to 30 (4 Sep 1976), 47 (1 Jan 1977) to 49 (15 Jan 1977), 52 (5 Feb 1977) & 55 (26 Feb 1977) to 57 (12 Mar 1977)

Red Dagger Issue 6

Issue 6
Title: Cast Iron Bill
Character: “Cast Iron” Bill Steele
Story Type: Contemporary Football
Cover Artist: Information Welcome
Strip Artist: Information Welcome
Originally Published: Wizard 10 Mar 1973 to 28 Jul 1973

Red Dagger Issue 7

Issue 7
Title: Killer Kane
Character: Pilot Officer “Killer” Kane RAF
Story Type: World War 2 Aviation
Cover Artist: Ian Kennedy
Strip Artist: Information Welcome
Originally Published: Warlord 89 (5 Jun 1976) to 100 (21 Aug 1976)

Red Dagger Issue 8

Issue 8
Title: They Can’t Tame Tasker
Character: Alf Tasker
Story Type: Contemporary boxing
Cover Artist: Information Welcome
Strip Artist: Information Welcome
Originally Published: Bullet 58 (19 Mar 1977) to 72 (25 Jun 1977)

Red Dagger Issue 9

Issue 9
Title: Terror in the Tall Tower
Character: Don Ballard
Story Type: Contemporary Adventure
Cover Artist: Ian Kennedy
Strip Artist: Denis McLoughlin
Originally Published: Wizard 28 Sep 1974 to 28 Jan 1975

Red Dagger Issue 10

Issue 10
Title: Killer Kennedy
Character: Lt Commander “Killer” Kennedy RN
Story Type: World War 2, Naval
Cover Artist: Jeff Bevan
Strip Artist: Vicente Ibáñez Sanchis
Originally Published: Victor 557 (23 Oct 1971) to 574 (19 Feb 1972) as Killer Kennedy’s Rag-Tag Navy

Red Dagger Issue 11

Issue 11
Title: The Smasher
Character: Doctor Doom, Red Raglan and Ferret
Story Type: Contemporary adventure
Cover Artist: Information welcome
Strip Artist: Terry Patrick
Originally Published: Bullet 61 (9 Apr 1977) to 62 (16 Apr 1977), 68 (28 May 1977) to 72 (25 Jun 1977) and 90 (29 Oct 1977) to 101 (14 Jan 1978).

Red Dagger Issue 12

Issue 12
Title: Braddock and the Flying Tigers
Character: Sgt Pilot Matt Braddock VC
Story Type: World War Two, Aviation
Cover Artist: Ian Kennedy
Strip Artist: Keith Shone
Originally Published: Victor 99 (12 Jan 1963) to 124 (6 Jul 1963).

Red Dagger Issue 13

Issue 13
Title: The Frozen Man on the Mountain
Character: Jake Jeffords
Story Type: Contemporary espionage
Cover Artist: Ian Kennedy
Strip Artist: Denis McLoughlin
Originally Published: Wizard 29 Nov 1975 to 17 Apr 1976. Originally entitled The Frozen Man.

 

Red Dagger Issue 14

Issue 14
Title: Morgyn the Mighty
Character: Morgyn the Mighty
Story Type: Contemporary Adventure
Cover Artist: Ian Kennedy
Strip Artist: Ted Kearon
Originally Published: Victor 324 (6 May 1967) to 332 (1 Jul 1967) and 674 (19 Jan 1974) to 684 (30 Mar 1974)

 

Red Dagger Issue 15

Issue 15
Title: Cast Iron Bill
Character: “Cast Iron” Bill Steele
Story Type: Contemporary Football
Cover Artist: Information Welcome
Strip Artist: Information Welcome
Originally Published: Wizard 29 Oct 1977 to 1 Apr 1978. Not all issues were reprinted

Red Dagger Issue 16

Issue 16
Title: Tiger McTaggart
Character: Tiger McTaggart
Story Type: World War Two, Land
Cover Artist: Ian Kennedy
Strip Artist: Ian Kennedy
Originally Published: Wizard (Crete story) 30 Aug 1975 to 22 Nov 1975 and (King Tiger story) 29 Sep 1973 to 1 Dec 1973.

 

Red Dagger Issue 17

Issue 17
Title: The Secret of Black Island
Character: Jake Jeffords
Story Type: Contemporary Espionage
Cover Artist: Ian Kennedy
Strip Artist: Denis McLoughlin
Originally Published: Wizard 14 Jun 1975 to 25 Oct 1975. Originally entitled Sign Of The Shark.

Red Dagger Issue 18

Issue 18
Title: That Mascot Called Monty
Character: Bernard Briggs
Story Type: Contemporary Football
Cover Artist: Ian Kennedy
Strip Artist: Josep Marti
Originally Published: Hotspur 890 (6 Nov 1976) to 909 (17 Mar 1977) Original title Bernard’s St Bernard.

Red Dagger Issue 19

Issue 19
Title: Braddock of the Rocket Squadron
Character: Sgt Pilot Matt Braddock VC
Story Type: World War Two, Aviation
Cover Artist: Information Welcome
Strip Artist: Keith Shone
Originally Published: Victor 362 (27 Jan 1968) to 380 (1 June 1968).

Red Dagger Issue 20

Issue 20
Title: The Black Sapper
Character: The Black Sapper
Story Type: Near Future war
Cover Artist: Ian Kennedy
Strip Artist: Terry Patrick
Originally Published: Hotspur 602 (1 May 1971) to 623 (25 Sep 1971).

Red Dagger Issue 21

Issue 21
Title: Run Paul – Run!
Character: Paul Emmett
Story Type: 19th Century American West
Cover Artist: Ian Kennedy
Strip Artist: Information Welcome
Originally Published: Wizard 31 Mar 1973 to 29 Sep 1973.

Red Dagger Issue 22

Issue 22
Title: The Tough of the Track
Character: Alf Tupper
Story Type: Contemporary Athletics
Cover Artist: Information Welcome
Strip Artist: Information Welcome
Originally Published: Victor 121 (15 Jun 1963) to 143 (16 Nov 1963). Reprinted 561 (20 Nov 1971) to 583 (22 Apr 1972).

 

Red Dagger Issue 23

Issue 23
Title: Dozy Danny
Character: Danny Dale
Story Type: Contemporary Football
Cover Artist: Information Welcome
Strip Artist: Jim Bleach
Originally Published: Hotspur 890 (6 Nov 1976) to 909 (17 Mar 1977).

Red Dagger Issue 24

Issue 24
Title: Flying Fury
Character: Sergeant Pilot Fury RAF
Story Type: World War Two, Aviation
Cover Artist: Information Welcome
Strip Artist: Ron Smith
Originally Published: Hotspur 941 (29 Oct 1977) to 952 (14 Jan 1978) and 1068 (5 April 1980) to 1073 (10 May 1980).

Red Dagger Issue 25

Issue 25
Title: The Blitz Kid
Character: Arnold Tabbs
Story Type: World War Two, Home Front
Cover Artist: Giralt
Strip Artist: Giralt
Originally Published: Hornet 15 January to 7 May 1966.

Red Dagger Issue 26

Issue 26
Title: Death Rider
Character: Bernard Briggs
Story Type: Contemporary Motorcycling
Cover Artist: Information Welcome
Strip Artist: Tony Harding
Originally Published: Hornet 597 (15 Feb 1975) to 612 (31 May 1975).

Red Dagger Issue 27

Issue 27
Title: V for Vengeance
Character: The Deathless Men
Story Type: World war Two, Resistance
Cover Artist: Information Welcome
Strip Artist: Francisco Cueto
Originally Published: Hotspur 988 (23 Sep 1978) to 999 (9 Dec 1978).

Red Dagger Issue 28

Issue 28
Title: Cast, Hook and Strike
Character: Joe Dodds
Story Type: Contemporary Angling
Cover Artist: Information Welcome
Strip Artist: Pete Sutherland
Originally Published: Hornet 475 (14 Oct 1972) to 494 (24 Feb 1973).

Red Dagger Issue 29

Issue 29
Title: Braddock of Bomber Command
Character: Sgt Pilot Matt Braddock VC
Story Type: World War 2, Aviation
Cover Artist: Ian Kennedy
Strip Artist: Keith Shone
Originally Published: Victor 1 (25 Feb 1961) to 28 (2 Sep 1961).  Partially reprinted 430 (17 May 1969) to 445 (3 Sep 1969).

Red Dagger Issue 30

Issue 30
Title: Eleven Little Soccer Boys
Character: Danny Hawke & Ashfield Rovers
Story Type: Contemporary Football
Cover Artist: Ian Kennedy
Strip Artist: Josep Marti
Originally Published: Hornet 273 (30 Nov 1968) to 292 (12 Apr 1969).  Reprinted Wizard 20 Dec 1975 to 1 May 1976

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