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Post by Kashgar » 19 Feb 2007, 16:34

Just to tie up some of the loose ends already mentioned in this strand -
Junior Express No1 (11/9/54) contents included 'Jeff Hawke' drawn by Chic Jack, Silverstone Sam drawn by Desmond Walduck and The Conway Twins drawn by Eric Parker.
The Michaela Denis series ran from Nos40-58
Jeff Hawke continued to appear until No83 latterly drawn by Ferdinand Tacconi
No74(18/2/56) full colour on six pages. Rex Keene by Harry Bishop begins. Runs to 133. He had already drawn Wyatt Earp (60-69) and Red Cloud (70-73). Bishop also draws the early episodes of Gun Law (134-331) before being replaced by Terry Parick et al. Gun Law is written by Alf Cosser of Power comics fame.
Sporty by Bill Mevin also begins.
No84 Jet Morgan begins story by Charles Chilton and art by Tacconi and latterly Terry Patrick. Runs to 159.
Bill Mainwaring strips in 'Express Weekly'
Harmony Hawkins 117-131
Glory of the Fireships 132-176
Evans of the Broke 177-194
Doctor of the Deep 208-229
The Pathfinder 230-257
Blue for Danger 282-297
Green for Go (the Hughie Green story) 298-314
Bootsie- the story of Alfie Bass 316-331
Snudge - the Bill Fraser story 332-338
Danny Blanchflower 339-340
Eric Sykes 341-344
The Shaw Taylor Story 346
Alfie and Bill 347-375
Wulf the Briton - began as strip 'Freedom is the Prize' (108) changing title to Wulf the Briton (120) Originally drawn by Giovanini. Ron Embleton takes over with (140). Runs to 306. Other Embleton entries include Battleground (286-305) Biggles (306-332)( this will run on till the final issue with arwork courtesy of Mike Western) and Col Pinto (332-375).
His brother Gerry chips in with the last ten episodes of the long running SAS. The Men Who Dared (337-346) and the last episodes of No Hiding Place (347-375) a series that had been drawn by MIke Western originally (295-331, 334-337) and another unknown hand.
Sky Masters of the Space Force by Jack Kirby (208-259)
Danger Man stories (347-375) originally ilustrated by Harry Winslade.
No347 (24/6/61) 20 pages from 16 but now printed reduce sized. only at this point does the title become simple TV Express having been TV Express Weekly (286-346). With issue 363 it is given the added subtitle 'The Magazine for Boys'. Ends with 375.
Other artists of note who contributed along the way include Alan Pollack - Upham VC and Bar (195-207), Graham Coton - a large part of the series SAS Men Who Dared (209-346) Cecil Doughty - Duncan the Brave (184-208) and Ian Kennedy - The Fastest Dustcart in the World (159-172).
Phew!!!!!!

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Post by philcom55 » 19 Feb 2007, 19:05

Wow! That's astonishingly comprehensive Ray - I'd always wondered who drew those first instalments of the Jeff Hawke strip. The only addition I would make is to note that it actually ran for 376 issues, and to mention that Wulf briefly reappeared during the final few issues - though with b&w artwork that was a far cry from his glory days (an example of which is shown below, by Ron Embleton):
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When talking about Express Weekly as a relatively 'forgotten' publication I think it's worth bearing in mind that its companion title TV Comic (into which it finally merged) must count as one of the most successful British comics ever - lasting from 1951 to 1984! What's more, there was a time when TV Express, TV Comic and TV Land formed quite a significant group in their own right, equivalent to Odhams' Eagle, Swift and Robin (and the indicia of TV Express continued to link it with Rocket, an earlier companion, right up until its final issue).
[IMG:420:505]http://i135.photobucket.com/albums/q123 ... /Texp4.jpg[/img]
Thanks for raising this subject in your blog btw, Lou. The nice thing about these nostalgic items is that they give us old-timers a convenient excuse to go digging around in the attic. If it's of interest to anyone here are scans of Express Super Colour Weekly no.74 (the first photogravure issue), and TV Express no.376 (the final issue, with its inevitable "Good News" inside!). Incidentally the latter is also notable for the art of Mike Western, who'd by then taken over from Ron Embleton as the regular cover artist.
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Post by john56peter756brit » 19 Feb 2007, 19:44

i had the luck of seeing ron embletons artwork first hand and i can tell you its a real treat.

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Post by Peter Gray » 19 Feb 2007, 21:26

great to see all these covers....the comcsuk forum is great with pictures...a forum blogish.. :D

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Post by Kashgar » 22 Feb 2007, 12:23

Doh! Of course there were 376 editions.

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Post by klakadak-ploobadoof » 22 May 2009, 19:08

Accidentally came across this old post today. Looks like Express Weekly was quite an interesting title indeed. By the way, there are 7 copies up for sale on ebay at this time!
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Re: Express Weekly

Post by wigwam » 26 May 2009, 09:45

More information on Express Weekly can be found in Norman Wright's highly recommended article about this comic in Book and Magazine Collector No. 67 (October, 1989).

John

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