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The Topper joined the Beezer on 22nd September 1990 but it had already been joined with "Buzz" in 1975 and "Sparky" in 1977.

Issue 1440 was the first Topper to be printed in small size, since then it had been a broadsheet.

The very first Topper annual was printed in 1955 and was oblong-shaped. It has characters in boxes on the cover with a panda bear on the bottom right hand corner. Andrew Smith

The Topper in its day was an admirable comic, making full use of its resourses to the benefit of its readers. It suffered in the beginning because of a lack in dept of talented characters(compared to The Beano & Dandy).But exploiting the fall of Buzz & Sparky in the late 70s opened up an encyclopedia of characters to cram its pages with. Unfortunately (i felt) too many of these characters were axed before their time(Desert island Dick,Jimmy Jinx etc..) & the comic was allowed to fall way behind. The amalgamation with The Beezer was a superb idea , but comic was modernised too quickly & regular Topper readers barely recognised half the characters. All in all the Topper is still my fav. comic of all time. Opening up the annuals i recieved a long time ago like a photo album brings back a flood of memories. - John

My memory is of the superb stories on the back page. There were 6 (or 8?) pictures with several lines of text under each. It encouraged me to a life long love of reading.
Stories included the Sea Hawk by Raphael Sabatini. "Alan Quartermain" with the Zulu warrior who fought to the death with his axe alongside Sir Henry Curtis.
Quartermain was also in King Solomon's Mines. No doubt politically incorrect now but the story did show respect to the Africans e.g. the Grey regiment fighting a sort of Thermopylae action against King Twala's forces.
I can still remember the pictures where the explorers were trapped in the mine among the diamonds. The story really stimulated the imagination. The Portuguese explorer writing a note and drawing a map of the treasure mines using a bone and his own blood as ink. His body was found by Quartermain, captain Good, Sir Henry and their African servants (one died but the other turns out to be the true king of the land beyond the mountains.
The two mountains had the name of 'Sheba's Breasts' -no wonder my primary school teacher was a bit sniffy about me saying was a good story it was! - Ian Stevenson

I used to very much enjoy Topper. I once got a cartoon published - a simple drawing of some tablets asleep with the caption "sleeping tablets" and won a great compendium of games for it. Please excuse the narcissism but If by a miracle anyone has spotted this back issue from the mid seventies featuring my drawing I would be very interested! Nice to celebrate this classic comic. - Paul Dickerson

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