Garth from the Daily Mirror
Art by Frank Bellamy

Strip dates given are those of their original appearance in the British newspaper the Daily Mirror, first compiled by Geoffrey Wren and Ann Holmes and updated by Ant Jones and Philip Harbottle

 

See Also: Garth: An Introduction

• Garth – Strip Checklist – Part One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight (Reprints)

No Story Writer Artist Date Code Number of strips Reprinted
125 The Don’s Daughter JE MA 18/12/87 – 17/3/88 V301 – W66 77 2015
126 In the Beginning AA MA 18/3/88 – 17/6/88 W67 – W144 78 2015
127 Body Swap JE MA 18/6/88 – 16/9/88 W145 – W222 78 2015
128 Beyond the Dreamtime AA MA 17/9/88 – 15/12/88 W223 – W300 78 2013
129 Venus Trap JE MA 16/12/88 – 16/3/89 W301 – X64 78
130 Takeover UK! JA MA 17/3/89 – 15/6/89 X65 – X142 78
131 Scourge of God JE MA 16/6/89 – 14/9/89 X143 – X220 78
132 The Doll Master AA MA 15/9/89 – 14/12/89 X221 – X298 78 2015
133 Swordsman of Subucus

Writer: Jim Edgar

Artist: Martin Asbury

Published: 15th December 1989 – 16th March 1990 (X299 – Y65)

Number of Episodes: 78

On the planet of Subucus, men have become slaves to Lilith, sister in evil to The Great Beast. Her assistant, a witch named Morcred, tells Lilith about Garth, a man capable of resisting her charm.

Morcred summons Garth through the Sword of Honour, a prize presented to him for winning the British Fencing Championship.

Garth is tricked into believing Lilith has denounced her evil ways and has fallen for him. She becomes a bat and poisons Garth with a bite to the chest. Captain Creda, a servant to Lilith, rescues him by sucking out the poison.

Morcred turns into a monstrous swordsman that Garth defeats with his sword. A group of rebels and fugitives, led by Creda and her brother Tirus, come together and attack Lilith’s palace. Once again she becomes a bat and escapes. The planet of Subucus is now at peace and Garth returns home to Earth.

Synopsis by Ant Jones

JE MA 15/12/89 – 16/3/90 X299 – Y65 78
134 The Chiller Connection AA/JA MA 17/3/90 – 15/6/90 Y66 – Y143 78 2013
135 Dancing Queen JE MA 16/6/90 – 14/9/90 Y144 – Y221 78
136 Dark Side JA MA 15/9/90 – 14/12/90 Y222 – Y299 78
137 Treasure of Colchis TQ/JA MA 15/12/90 – 16/3/91 Y300 – Z65 78
138 Bedside Manor JE MA 18/3/91 – 15/6/91 Z66 – Z143 78
139 Apache Moon JE MA 17/6/91 – 14/9/91 Z144 – Z221 78 2014
140 The Iceman Liveth TQ MA 16/9/91 – 14/12/91 Z222 – Z299 78
141 Hell-Fire JE MA 16/12/91 – 16/3/92 Z300 – A64 77
142 Blood Sport TQ MA 17/3/92 – 15/6/92 A65 – A143 79
143 Man on the Edge JA MA 16/6/92 – 14/9/92 A144 – A221 78
144 The Killing of Rusty O’Roare JE MA 15/9/92 – 14/12/92 A222 – A299 78
145 Twin Souls

Writer: Philip Harbottle

Artist: Martin Asbury

Published: 15th December 1992 – 16th March 1993 (A300 – B64)

Number of Episodes: 78

Garth experiences vivid dreams of a planet dying from global warming. Professor Lumiere deduces he is telepathically linked to his “cosmic twin” on a distant planet (Lyra). He transposes Garth’s mind with that of Lyra’s ruler, Crax, who had been placed in therapeutic sleep. While he slept his “Shadow Leader” Nazrin has forced the population into building spaceships to migrate into space, unaware they are sabotaged to explode. An insectile alien race are focusing the sun’s heat onto Lyra through vast lenses in a tunnel cut through its moon, to force the exodus.

Garth and Crax’s girlfriend Elvia follow Nazrin to the moon, where he is revealed to be an alien who had been “wearing” Nazrin’s dead body. Garth and Elvia escape in a spaceship, smashing the lenses and destroying the moon in the process. Crax reclaims his body just as Elvia, unaware of the switch, is about to make love!

Synopsis by Philip Harbottle

PH MA 15/12/92 – 16/3/93 A300 – B64 78
146 Viva El Garto! AA MA 17/3/93 – 15/6/93 B65 – B142 78
147 Return to the Static Zone PO/JA MA 16/6/93 – 14/9/93 B143 – B220 78
148 Warlord

Writers: Philip Harbottle & John Allard

Artist: Martin Asbury

Published: 15th September 1993 – 14th December 1993 (B221 – B298)

Number of Episodes: 78

Serving as a United Nations Observer on a Pacific island, Garth teams up with Cindy Lee, a feisty Texas lady leading a relief convoy to the village of Lontaga — cut off and under the domination of the crazed General Kano, a local warlord. Kano seized control of a chunk of the island when civil war broke out, and uses the villagers as slaves in a copper mine. He gets weapons by smuggling out copper with the help of crooks from Tokyo.

Using his great strength and cunning, Garth successfully leads the convoy past Kano’s forces to reach Lontaga, but Cindy is kidnapped and taken to Kano’s HQ, an old Spanish castle. About to be whipped by Kano, Cindy is saved when Garth intervenes. After defeating a Sumo champion in a fight to the death, Garth escapes with Cindy by hanging onto a dragon kite as a typhoon destroys the castle.

Synopsis by Philip Harbottle

PH/JA MA 15/9/93 – 14/12/93 B221 – B298 78
149 Champions

Writers: Philip Harbottle & John Allard

Artist: Martin Asbury

Published: 15th December 1993 – 16th March 1994 (B299 – C64)

Number of Episodes: 78

Waxmel, interstellar entrepreneur, (a parody of Robert Maxwell) stages sporting contests televised across the galaxy. His current champions are brothers Dez and Zed Grimos from his home world. Garth and Megon (a being from a high gravity world) are snatched across space to compete in three contests: a sled race across an ice zone, a race to find water in a desert, and a contest to ride on the back of a genetically engineered sea monster and steer it back into harbour.

Waxwel rigs the contests to ensure the Brothers’ victory. They win the first, but lose the second and decisive third, in which Dez is killed by the sea monster.

At the awards ceremony Zed hands over the Champions trophy to Garth containing a bomb planted by Waxmel, but Garth and Megon outwit them and both are killed. The triumphant Garth and Megon are returned to their home planets.

Synopsis by Philip Harbottle

PH/JA
MA 15/12/93 – 16/3/94 B299 – C64 78
150 Nightmare in Paris AA MA 17/3/94 – 15/6/94 C65 – C142 78
Writer / Artist abbreviations:
AA = Angus Allan • DF = Don Freeman • DH = Dick Hailstone • FB = Frank Bellamy • HM = Hugh McClelland • JA = John Allard • JE = Jim Edgar • JT = James Tomlinson • KR = Ken Roscoe • MA = Martin Asbury | PH = Philip Harbottle • PO = Peter O’Donnell | PT = Peter Tranter • SD = Steve Dowling • TQ = Tim Quinn • MB = Martin Baines
Note on strip codes / serial numbers, etc:
Each code letter (running A to Z, excluding the letter I) represents a year’s worth of Mondays to Saturdays, the days on which The (Daily) Mirror newspaper of London is published Thus in any given year there will be a maximum of 314 numbers assigned to a serial code Figures in brackets denote number of days the newspaper appeared that year Pre 1982 it was not published Sunday, Good
Friday, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day From 1982 it was published every day except Sunday and Christmas Day Stories 163, 164 and 165 appeared only in
the Mirror’s Northern Ireland edition. Thick writing = leap years
1943 = B (310)

1944 = C (310)

1945 = D (308)

1946 = E (309)

1947 = F (310)

1948 = G (311)

1949 = H (310)

1950 = J (309)

1951 = K (310)

1952 = L (310)

1953 = M (310)

1954 = N (310)

1955 = O (308)

1956 = P (310)

1957 = Q (310)

1958 = R (310)

1959 = S (310)

1960 = T (311)

1961 = U (309)

1962 = V (310)

1963 = W (310)

1964 = X (311)

1965 = Y (310)

1966 = Z (311)

1967 = A (309)

1968 = B (311)

1969 = C (309)

1970 = D (305)

1971 = E (304)

1972 = F (307)

1973 = G (309)

1974 = H (306)

1975 = J (307)

1976 = K (310)

1977 = L (310)

1978 = M (307)

1979 = N (309)

1980 = O (307)

1981 = P (309)

1982 = Q (309)

1983 = R (311)

1984 = S (313)

1985 = T (307)

1986 = U (310)

1987 = V (311)

1988 = W (314)

1989 = X (311)

1990 = Y (312)

1991 = Z (312)

1992 = A (313)

1993 = B (312)

1994 = C (313)

1995 = D (311)

1996 = E (312)

1997 = F (312)

See Also: Garth: An Introduction

• Garth – Strip Checklist – Part One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight (Reprints)

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