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I am pretty sure that these were originally 2 seperate titles. The cover shot you showed was from later than when I was reading it (circa 1973) and I definitely remember there being a companion title to Pippin with an almost identical logo and cover design, which I am about 50% sure was Playland. But as I was only 6 years old at the time, my memory is a little hazy! - Nick Xylas

Just a quick note, Pippin in Playland was a companion comic to Playland.

I still have a number of Pippins, which I kept dating from the period 1978-1980. At that time the character know as Jeremy was on the front and back cover, there's more on him on the TV Cream site, but for some reason he was called Barnaby (?). By 1980 Ivor the Engine had take over as the cover story and was in turn replaced by the Wombles.

The last time I hear the name Pippin was on a advert on the BBC for their Buttons comic, Pippin had been merged with it and the logo for Pippin had been tagged onto the end of the Buttons logo. The idea of merging comic was a great favourite of DC Thomson, who merged both the Pippin and the short lived Hoot with the Dandy.

Question; whatever happened to the Beezer and Topper?
- Andrew Haddow

Ok guys - listen carefully...Pippin started in 1966 and soon a companion paper called Playland started. In about 1975, Playland merged with Pippin but rather than calling it Pippin incorporating Playland or Pippin and Playland, the new comic created the weird and wonderful name: Pippin in Playland.

For some reason I loved this comic and it had some colourful covers. The first characters to front Pippin were The Pogles of Pogles Wood fame (BBC - Watch With Mother). Most of the characters in Pippin were taken from BBC children's programmes. Other characters to grace the front and back covers included Andy Pandy, The Herbs and, for an awful long time, Barnaby the Bear. The stories for Barnaby the Bear were often imaginative.

I lost track of Pippin in Playland in 1978. I sort of grew up! One day I checked it out in 1983 and Super Ted was on the cover.

One unusual feature of both Pippin and Playland was that both had Bible stories - yes, Bible stories - in them.

Another regular article included Picture Postbag and had photos of kids sent in. Wonder if anyone out there ever had their photo in Pippin, Playland or the weirdly named Pippin in Playland?

By the way, I think the name Pippin was taken from The Pogles as the boy character is called Pippin. Anyone know what his friend was called? - Paul Willcocks

Pippin was commonly thought to be the son of Mr and Mrs Pogle... in fact he wasnt. He was the foundling son of the King of the Fairies who was given to the Pogles' for safekeeping. But his arrival brought trouble to the Pogles as a wicked old witch followed in pursuit of Pippin's crown.

The story of pippins arrival at the home of the Pogles (and that of the magic plant who told stories and liked bilberry wine)was told in a 1965 6 part series called 'The Pogles'

According to Oliver Postgate (who wrote, narrated and animated the series) it was broadcast only once by the BBC as it was deemed too scary for the afternoons. We showed it at the national Film theatre last september, and it is also available on video from us.

Pippin has three heads by the way... and peter firmin (who made him) used to change them when he needed a different expression. not a lot of people know that ! - Loaf
The Dragons' Friendly Society

Pippin and Playland were indeed two seperate publications. Pippin ran for 1044 issues from 24th September 1966 to 26th September 1986. Playland ran for 391 issues from 13th January 1968 to 5th July 1975 before merging with Pippin. Pippin was publshed as Pippin in Playland for eight years until a major rvamp in 1983. It went back to its old title and many of the strips based on tv series which were now unfamiliar to the young readers were dropped in favour of eighties shows. In 1986 Pippin merged with Buttons. Three years before spot the Whizz Kid/Chipite raider, readers of Pippin were invited to find Baby Moonbeam hiding in one of the strips, while readers of Plaland usually had to find Sooty. Pogles Wood was the best young children's programme of all time. - Clive Huggett

In the Pippin comics there was a family called The Moon Beams" There was a kds quiz each week called "Can you find baby moonbeam?! - Graham

YES, Hunt for Baby Moonbeam! Loved that looking for him. Even now, when I see a tiny face in the periphery of a photograph I think of Baby Moonbeam. - Andrew Kirby

 

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