Tiger (Fleetway)

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The cover of the first issue of Tiger (11 September 1954).
Publication information
Publisher Amalgamated Press (1954–1959)
Fleetway Publications (1959–1985)
Format Ongoing series
Publication date11 September 1954 – 30 March 1985
No. of issues1,573
Main character(s) Roy of the Rovers
Creative team
Written byFred Baker, Mike Butterworth, Paul Gettens, Terence Magee, Barrie Tomlinson, Tom Tully
Artist(s)Jim Bleach, Geoff Campion, Joe Colquhoun, John Gilliat, Yvonne Hutton, Sandy James, Brian Lewis, Roylance, Julio Schiaffino, David Sque, Vanyo, John Vernon
Editor(s) Derek Birnage (1954–1963)

Tiger was a weekly British comic magazine published from 1954 to 1985, originally by Amalgamated Press (AP) and later by IPC/Fleetway.


Launched as Tiger – The Sport and Adventure Picture Story Weekly, [1] initially the publication predominantly featured sporting strips. Its most popular strip was Roy of the Rovers , a football-based strip 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. [2] In addition, sports stars such as Tony Greig, Geoff Boycott, Trevor Francis, Ian Botham, and Charlie Nicholas wrote columns for Tiger. Also many TV stars such as Morecambe and Wise appeared in Christmas issues, usually dressed up as Santa Claus.

Publication history

Tiger debuted with the 11 September 1954 issue.

As was common with British comics during this period, Tiger absorbed a number of other comics magazines during its run; six in all. Following successive mergers with other AP publications in the 1950s, the comic was known as Tiger Incorporating the Champion (from 1955) and then (from 1959) Tiger and Comet .

Amalgamated Press was acquired by the Mirror Group in 1959, and renamed Fleetway Publications. [3] Following successive mergers with other Fleetway publications in the 1960s, the comic was known as Tiger and Hurricane (from May 1965), then (from 1969) Tiger and Jag for many years. It was coupled with the football magazine Scorcher in 1974, resulting in Tiger and Scorcher appearing for more than six years. In 1980, there was a further, less successful, merger with another comic called Speed.

The end finally came on 30 March 1985, with Tiger merging into The Eagle [4] from issue #159 of that comic, dated 6 April 1985, which was temporarily titled Eagle and Tiger (with some strips from Tiger coming to the merged publications).

In all, 1,573 issues were published, as well as a number of hardcover annuals. [5]

Editorial team

The comic was launched under the editorship of Derek Birnage, who remained at the helm from 1954 to 1963. [6] The next editor was Barrie Tomlinson. Tomlinson became Group Editor in 1976, with Paul Gettens as editor.

Editorial assistants included Tony Peagam, Paul Gettens, and Terence Magee. Art editors included Mike Swanson and Trish Gordon-Pugh. Art Assistant: Maurice Dolphin. Letterers: Stanley Richardson, Paul Bensberg, Peter Knight, John Aldrich.[ citation needed ]

List of strips

Notes and references

  1. "Collectors Corner – Bibliography and Guide Prices". Roy of the Rovers.com. Archived from the original on 10 February 2005. Retrieved 9 June 2005.
  2. O'Meara, Tom (20 September 2004). "He shoots ... he scores!". The Guardian.
  3. "Fleetway – A History". Archived from the original on 18 August 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  4. "Comic Stories".
  5. "Tiger Comic". British Comics.com. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  6. Philip, Robert (31 January 2004). "Philip on Saturday: Roy Race creator dies". The Telegraph.[ dead link ]
  7. "David Sque Illustrations Comic Strips".


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