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Issue 142, 1937

Sparkler was a weekly comic published by Amalgamated Press, launched on 20 October 1934 as a relaunch of My Favourite.[1] It was merged into Crackers on 5 August 1939.

It featured the work of artists such as Jack Greenall, Ray Bailey and Arthur Martin.[2][3]

Bailey contributed a strip entitled "The Chimps", reportedly the first strip for a British comic in which the artist was credited,[4] and "Hopeful Horice".[5] Sparkler also reprinted the Canadian comic strip Robin Hood and Company.[2]

Other strips include:


  1. Alan Clark, "It's So Hot Even the Chickens Are Laying Boiled Eggs!", The Sloperian no. 1, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 John Adcock, Robin Hood and Company, Punch in Canada, 2 February 2009
  3. The Golden Age of AP Comics
  4. The Chimps at Comic Book Gorillarama
  5. Ray Bailey at Lambiek Comiclopedia