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The Express Weekly first appeared as a newspaper for children in 1954 and converted to a comic at issue 39 on 18th June 1955 under the name Junior Express Weekly.

It then ran for 35 issues before becoming Express weekly on 18th February 1956 and ran for 212 issues before changing it's name to TV Express.

Express was originally launched as Junior Express on 4th September 1954. From issue 286 dated 23red April 1960 it was renamed TV Express and started printing strips based on tv series like Gun Law and Yogi Bear. The final issue was number 376 dated 13th January 1962, and then it merged with TV Comic. - Clive Huggett

I seem to remember that both these comics also ran factual and historic articles. For example in the Express I first read about Captain Charles Upham, the double VC winner of World War 2. Later on, probably when it had become the TV Express, the front page was given to a lot of WW2 exploits – Captain Fegen’s posthumous VC on HMS Jarvis Bay when it was sunk by the Admiral Scheer in 1940, midget submarine raids on the Tirpitz et al – and indeed exploits, particularly involving VCs, in earlier wars. At the time WW2 was still very fresh in the memory of my parents’ generation, so the likes of myself soaked up these stories avidly.

I was lucky enough to take both The Eagle and The Express and I can still remember that evening probably in 1958 when my father presented me with my first copies of each, with Dan Dare on the cover of one and Wulf the Briton on the other. Even much of the fiction was subliminally educative. I think children were very well served in those days. - Rodney Barton-Hall

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