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What we do know is Adventure teamed up with The Rover on 21st January 1961.
You can see a Rover and Adventure front cover on The Rover page.

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I bought the "Adventure" avidly from about 1959 until 1963. During this time I think it went through two changes: "Rover and Adventure" but possibly also a later fusion with "Wizard" ("Rover and Wizard"?) I was first attracted by free gifts which I read about in the "Beano". The first was a card boomerang, followed by a set of football tips cards along the lines of "goalkeepers, always keep your body behind the ball". Of course, you had to buy "Adventure " several weeks running to get the set.

The attraction for me was the detailed prose stories but the front and back covers had a good quality cartoon story. The one I particularly remember featured the British fighting the Zulus: fiercely xenophobic triumphs over the "savages" and a stunning episode when a crocodile attack (they were crossing an infested river) was successfully fended off by jamming bayonets between the aggressors' jaws in order to drown them. "Happy Andy" was another cover cartoon which starred a boy living in a fairly capacious barrel.

The prose stories were really excellent and I recall some vividly. "The Red Death" was a serial which featured a red liquid creeping around the country: if it surrounded you, you were dead meat. A scientist happily managed to create a special gas which proved an antidote. However, it was so tricky to create that there was only sufficient to save the hero in one episode. The happy finale saw asperin accidentally discovered as the cure-all. "Bert Bee - the Busiest Bee in Football" was also a strong feature: well-told yarns about a run down club which was blessed with Bert as a hyperactive and accurate striker (centre forward, of course). An interesting twist, I believe, was the down and out outside the ground who was really a major share holder.One story was about a fan concealing a whistle in a a bottle to assist the opposition.

The end of my "Adventure" days was when Mum said, "Surely, Christopher, you're too old for this"" and the huge pile under my bed was promptly dispatched. I would deeply love to own just one issue. The nearest I have got was a 1957 "Adventure" annual which I discovered in a second-hand book shop up the road. To my surprise this featured a prose version of "The Tough of the Track", later to transmute into a cartoon hero in "Victor" who continued to beat "toffs" and shady eastern Europeans over 100 yards well into his sixties, nourished only by fish and chips. - Chris Marshall, Brighton



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Anyone remember a strory in the Adventure (late 1940s) called "The Big Tree". Deep in the African jungle this gigantic tree grew: thousands of feet high with myriads of branches and all sorts of ferocious inhabitants in the different areas. some human, some animal. The heroes were a British (of course) exploration team but I cannot for the life of me remember what they were doing in the area. I was (and still am) an SF devotee and was enraptured by this giant tree concept. Why can't I remember how it all ended? - Rik Unwin

There was a feature where readers were invited to write to Lanky telling him about "your greatest sporting thrill". I had a letter published in 1956 (which was as big a thrill as the event I reported, which was a football match at Tynecastle, Edinburgh between a Hearts/Hibs select and Birmingham City in which Lawrie Reilly scored the winning goal from a Gordon Smith cross!). For this I won a miniature soccer ball. - Alistair Watson

I rember many stories from the war - Adventure 'The Slippery Slink', 'Solo Solomon', 'Chang The Hatchetman' Hotspur 'When The Luckstone Gleamed Red'.
One was published each weekday then Skipper was dropped and the other 4 published fortnightly to save paper. I have a wartime Hotspur but can never find Adventure which I particularly liked. - Sybil Southern

This started in 1921, the first of DC Thomson's "Big five" story-papers. Originally it was just text stories, but in the late 1940's comic strips featured on the cover, in colour. In the 1950's these comic strips were more sophisticated and had lengthy captions underneath each picture. Speech bubbles and "kapow!" sound effects were conspicuous by thier abscence. Later 50's editions also had another comic strip on the centre pages in "black, white and red". The stories were a mixture of sport, adventure, war and detective ones. Serial instalments and the occasional complete story nearly always ran to 3 and a half pages in length, but each serial instalment was in effect a complete story in itself, and proper "cliff hanger" endings to instalments were quite rare. I suppose this allowed new readers to buy an issue and start reading in the middle of a story without being confused. The recurring characters in Adventure don't seem to be as fondly remembered as those in other DCT papers. Ones i know of include Dixon Hawke (An ace detective with his assistant Tommy Burke) and Tinker Cobb, a bare-knuckle boxer of the mid-Victorian period. Some other interesting stories in 1958 (i have a volume of that year to hand) included "The Last Men Alive", about the crew of a submarine herding fish into a small cornish village which has somehow escaped the worldwide irradiation of a nuclear war (which occured in 1996!), "Jimmy With the Jitters" About an RAF Spitfire ace who was scared of flying! and "The Ring-Tailed Roarer", about the first steamboat on the Missisipi. It appears to have merged with Rover in the early 1960's - Michael Martin

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