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Issue 1, 9 November 1951

TV Comic (briefly named Mighty TV Comic) was a weekly comic published from 1951 to 1984. Originally published by News of the World, it was later sold to Beaverbrook and then to TV Publications, and was later published by Polystyle Publications after TV Publications was sold off. It was launched on 9 November 1951 and was the first British comic to be based around TV programmes.

Its original cover star was Muffin the Mule; he was actually one of the few characters in the original line-up with any connection to television: "Little Iodine", a reprint of an American strip, had its title character billed as "The TV Terror" despite never having been adapted into a TV series. Muffin was later replaced by Sooty as cover star. In 1961 the comic was redesigned, with less emphasis on preschool fare.

TV Express merged into it and in December 1973 TV Action did the same; Target followed in 1977.

Strips included:

  • "The A-Team"
  • "The Avengers"
  • "Barney Bear"
  • "Basil Brush"
  • "Battle of the Planets"
  • "Bisto Kids"
  • "Bootsie and Smudge"
  • "Bugs Bunny"
  • "Buzby"
  • "Cannon"
  • "Catweazle"
  • "Charlie's Angels"
  • "Dad's Army"
  • "Deputy Dawg"
  • "Doctor Who"
  • "Droopy"
  • "The Dukes of Hazzard"
  • "Fireball XL5"
  • "Four Feather Falls"
  • "Ze Inspector"
  • "Jack and Jill"
  • "Johnny Morris's Animal Magic"
  • "Ken Dodd's Diddymen"
  • "Kojak"
  • "Laurel and Hardy"
  • "Lenny the Lion"
  • American "Little Iodine" reprints
  • "Mighty Moth"
  • "Mr. Pastry"
  • "Muffin the Mule"
  • "Pink Panther"
  • American "Popeye" reprints"
  • "Red Ray: Space Raynger"
  • "Road Runner"
  • "Roy Rogers: King of the Cowboys"
  • "The Secret Sign of the Ladybird Adventure Club"
  • "Skippy the Bush Kangaroo"
  • "Space Patrol"
  • American "Star Trek" reprints
  • "The Stick Family"
  • "Supercar"
  • "Sooty"
  • "Tales of the Gold Monkey"
  • "Target"
  • "Tarzan"
  • "Tom and Jerry"
  • "Tusker and Tikki"


  • Kibble-White, Graham (2005). Ultimate Book of British Comics. London: Alison & Busby. p.255-7. ISBN 0-74908-211-9