British Comic Stamps: Tiger

Royal Mail Comic Collection 2012 - Tiger

Here’s the fifth of our ten posts to mark the release of the Royal Mail’s Comic Collection, celebrating 75 years of British comics. The Royal Mail have kindly sent us large versions of each stamp, so we thought we’d show them off in all their glory, in the order of first comic publication

Tiger was published from 1954 to 1985, and featured predominantly sporting strips. Its most popular strip was Roy of the Rovers, recounting the life of Roy Race and the team he played for, Melchester Rovers. This strip proved so successful it was spun out of Tiger and into its own comic.

• There’s more about Roy of the Rovers on his official web site:

• Stamps and stamp products are available at all Post Office branches, online at, the Royal Mail eBay shop: and from Royal Mail Tallents House (tel. 08457 641 641), 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9PB.

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. 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 "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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2 replies

  1. these are off to buy a set today.when you say the royal mail sent you them in large sizes how big are the ones you got exactly and if im not being too forward in asking are these larger sizes available to the public?thanks very much
    p.s as a big fan of british comics this blog is brilliant.only just discovered it.but i will be back.can i link to your blog from mine?

  2. Hey – you’re seeing the stamps a the size they sent me. Of course you can link to the blog – cheers!

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