Tuesday, 25 August 2015
There were a number of British comics I either missed or was not aware of in the seventies and Whoopee! was one of the latter. Judging by comments I have read on the Internet this was received quite favourably by readers at the time so I thought I'd pick up a couple of early copies (I got #3 & 4) and see what the fuss was about.
And well worth the price of entry Whoopee! has turned out to be.
Launched in early 1974 this mainly humour title (there was also a Lone Ranger strip in the centre pages) has plenty to recommend. The Bumpkin Billionaires (think Beverley Hillbillies), Ghost train, Spy School, Ernie Learner, Clever Dick and Dozy Mick are all cracking little features that will raise a chuckle.
There was also Heegee and his Nag which despite the use of horses will upset the PC brigade as will The Upper Crusts and Lazy Loafers. Of course depending on your tastes such anthologies have their duffers but taken as a whole this comic which ran for 11 years (absorbing Shiver and Shake along the way) until 1985 is well worth adding to your collection.
Whoopee! merged (as is the British way) with the long running Whizzer and Chips.
Interestingly there is a "guest feature" from Whizzer & Chips in issue 4, Pete's Pockets.!