Tiger (Fleetway)

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Publisher IPC Magazines Ltd
Format Ongoing series
Publication dateSeptember 11 1954 – March 30 1985
No. of issues1555
Main character(s) Roy of the Rovers
Editor(s) Derek Birnage

Tiger was a British comic magazine published from 1954 to 1985.


The comic was launched under the editorship of Derek Birnage [1] on 11 September 1954, [2] under the name Tiger – The Sport and Adventure Picture Story Weekly, [3] and featured predominantly 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. [4]

The next editor was Barrie Tomlinson. Barrie became Group Editor in 1976, with Paul Gettens as editor. Following successive mergers with other Fleetway publications in the 1960s the comic was known as Tiger and Hurricane, then Tiger and Jag, then it was coupled with the football magazine Scorcher in 1974, resulting in Tiger and Scorcher appearing for more than 6 years. Later there was a further, less successful, merger with another comic called Speed, in 1980.

The end finally came on 30 March 1985, with some strips moving to The Eagle [5] from issue #159 of that comic, dated 6 April 1985, which was temporarily titled Eagle and Tiger. In all, 1,555 issues were published, as well as a number of hard-cover annuals. [6]

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.

List of strips

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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.

Notes and references

  1. Philip, Robert (January 31, 2004). "Philip on Saturday: Roy Race creator dies". The Telegraph.
  2. "Comic Stories". Roy of the Rovers.com. Archived from the original on 2005-02-05. Retrieved 2005-06-09.
  3. "Collectors Corner – Bibliography and Guide Prices". Roy of the Rovers.com. Archived from the original on 2005-02-10. Retrieved 2005-06-09.
  4. O'Meara, Tom (September 20, 2004). "He shoots ... he scores!". The Guardian.
  5. "Comic Stories".
  6. "Tiger Comic". British Comics.com. Retrieved 2016-06-26.
  7. "David Sque Illustrations Comic Strips".
  8. "David Sque Illustrations Comic Strips".

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