British humour comics archivists George Shiers – creator of the sadly no longer maintained Wacky Comics blog – has just released a free non-profit guide to the short-lived 1980s humour comic Nipper,
The title, whose characters included “Brad Break”, “Double Trouble”,”Felix the Pussycat”,”Flapper”, and “Nipper” himself, some surviving the title’s merger, featured work by the likes of Terry Bave, Gordon Bell, Steve Bright, Sid Burgon, Mick Daines, Jimmy Hansen, Anthony Hutchings, Trevor Metcalfe and Tom Paterson. It also included one adventure strip, “Kelpie’s Kingdom”.
Launched in January 1987, the title, which went through a size revamp almost as soon as it launched, ran for just 16 issues before merging with Buster in September 1987, the last title to be absorbed before Buster‘s own demise in January 1988.
George offers a pleasing history of the title in this e-title, noting the problems facing some humour comics of the same period along the way, and he’s also included a detailed index of all the characters and creators where known. (If anyone can identify the artist who drew “Kelpie’s Kingdom”, the great thing about epublishing is that George can easily update his index with the new information, for example).
If you’re a fan of British humour comics this short guide is a fun study of one of the last originated, non-licensed launches from IPC and worth checking out.