THE ADVENTURES OF BIGGLES

THERE WAS AN AUSTRALIAN COMIC IN THE 1950’S THAT RAN TO AT LEAST 78 ISSUES AND CONTAINED A MIXTURE OF

“W.E. Johns” biggles stories and stories written by others especially for the comic.

I KNOW VERY Little detail ABOUT THESE, OTHER THAN THEY WERE PUBLISHED BY ACTION COMICS PTY. LTD (SYDNEY)

 

However there was an attempt to publish stories from this Australian comic in the uk.

It was apparently unsuccessful as only nine issues of the “British edition” of the comic were ever published.

This web page displays those nine issues and gives guide to the contents.

 

Published by “strato publications ltd., London.  W.1” – drawings are credited to “albert de vine”

Each magazine was 9.5 inches by 7 inches or 24.5 cm x 18 cm

(Click on any image to enlarge it)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue one of “The Air Adventures of Biggles” is undated.  It was published in the UK in the 1950s – if anyone knows the exact date, then please contact me.

 

Issue one contained 68 pages (but this includes the cover pages, so there were only 64 pages inside the covers) and FIVE stories.

 

The first three stories were “Biggles” stories and you can see the first pages of those three stories above.  Obviously the second story was a continuation of the first.

 

 

 

The first part of “The Kidnapped Scientist” ran to 15 pages

 

The second part of “The Kidnapped Scientist” ran to 9 pages

 

“Middle East Hazzard” ran to 12 pages

 

 

 

There were then two other cartoon stories which were “non-Biggles” stories and hence they are not illustrated here.

 

“Tim Valour – Commander of the Famous Tigerhawks” by John Dixon ran to 14 pages

 

“The Crimson Comet - Operation Earthquake” by John Dixon ran to 14 pages.  (The Crimson Comet appears to be a ‘Dan Dare’ type character in a birdman ‘superhero’ costume).

 

 

 

 

Issue two of “The Air Adventures of Biggles” is again undated.

 

It also ran to 68 pages

(including the covers)

 

This time there are only two “Biggles” stories and three other stories in the comic.

 

 

“Indo China Intrigue – Part I” ran to 21 pages.  (Although the first page of the story says that this is “Part 1” this was printed as a complete story and the page count seems to indicate that two parts were printed together)

 

“Rescue Mission” ran to 10 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were then THREE other cartoon stories which were “non-Biggles” stories

 

Again, they are not illustrated

 

“The Crimson Comet” (uncredited) ran to 11 pages

 

“Tim Valour – Commander of the Famous Tigerhawks” by John Dixon ran to 11 pages

 

“The Crimson Comet” (uncredited) ran to 11 pages

 

 

 

 

Issue three of “The Air Adventures of Biggles” is again undated.

 

It also ran to 68 pages

(including the covers)

 

There are three “Biggles” stories and two other stories in the comic.

 

“The Submarine Spies – Part I” ran to 12 pages (although the title doesn’t include the words “Part I”)

 

“The Submarine Spies – Part II” ran to 12 pages

 

“The Pirate Sub” ran to 12 pages

 

 

The two other cartoon stories were “non-Biggles” stories and hence they are not illustrated here.

 

“The Crimson Comet” by John Dixon ran to 14 pages

 

“Tim Valour – Commander of the Famous Tigerhawks” by John Dixon ran to 14 pages

 

 

 

 

Issue four of “The Air Adventures of Biggles” is again undated.

 

It also ran to 68 pages

(including the covers)

 

There are three “Biggles” stories and two other stories in the comic.

 

“The Saboteur – Part I” ran to 14 pages

 

“The Saboteur – Part II” ran to 10 pages

 

“The Missing Cameraman” ran to 12 pages

 

 

The two other cartoon stories were “non-Biggles” stories and hence they are not illustrated here.

 

“Tim Valour – Commander of the Famous Tigerhawks - Betrayed” by John Dixon ran to 14 pages

 

“The Crimson Comet” (uncredited) ran to 14 pages.

 

 

 

 

Issue five of “The Air Adventures of Biggles” is again undated.

 

It also ran to 68 pages

(including the covers)

 

There are three “Biggles” stories and two other stories in the comic.

 

“China Mission – Part I” ran to 13 pages (although the title doesn’t include the words “Part I”)

 

“China Mission – Part II” ran to 11 pages

 

“Sabotage in Ceylon” ran to 14 pages

 

 

The two other cartoon stories were “non-Biggles” stories and hence they are not illustrated here.

 

“The Crimson Comet” by John Dixon ran to 14 pages

 

There was then a one page illustration of ‘National Air Race Planes’

 

“Tim Valour – Commander of the Famous Tigerhawks” by John Dixon ran to 11 pages

 

 

 

 

Issue six of “The Air Adventures of Biggles” is again undated.

 

It also ran to 68 pages

(including the covers)

 

This time there are only two “Biggles” stories and three other stories in the comic.

 

“The Roof of the World – Part I” ran to 22 pages.  (Although the first page of the story says that this is “Part 1” this was printed as a complete story and the page count seems to indicate that two parts were printed together)

 

“In Brazil” ran to 12 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were then THREE other cartoon stories which were “non-Biggles” stories

 

Again, they are not illustrated

 

“The Crimson Comet” by John Dixon ran to 11 pages

 

Wirecutters at Bardia” (uncredited) ran to 8 pages

 

“Tim Valour – Commander of the Famous Tigerhawks” by John Dixon ran to 11 pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue seven of “The Air Adventures of Biggles” is again undated.

 

It also ran to 68 pages

(including the covers)

 

This time there are only two “Biggles” stories and three other stories in the comic BUT one of those other stories is a GIMLET story!

 

 

“Pyrenean Manhunt – Part I” ran to 14 pages (although the title doesn’t include the words “Part I”)

 

“Pyrenean Manhunt – Part II” ran to 11 pages

 

Then the FOURTH story is

 

“Gimlet Takes Over” which ran to 17 pages

 

 

Then the two other cartoon stories were “non-Biggles” stories and hence they are not illustrated here.

 

The third story was a Tim Valour story – This time entitled “ The Air Adventures of Tim Valour in the Kidnappers” by John Dixon, which ran to 8 pages

 

The fourth story was “The Crimson Comet” by John Dixon in an adventure with the rather un-pc name of “Operation Wog” which ran to 14 pages.  (The story is about preventing “the reds” launching a germ warfare attack on Korea).

 

 

 

 

Issue eight of “The Air Adventures of Biggles” is again undated.

 

It also ran to 68 pages

(including the covers)

 

This time, unusually, there are SIX stories, but only two “Biggles” stories.  Of the four other stories in the comic one of those other stories is a GIMLET story.

 

 

“Oil Search – Part I” ran to 14 pages (although the title doesn’t include the words “Part I”)

 

“Oil Search – Part II” ran to 10 pages

 

Then the FIFTH story is

 

“River of Death” which is a GIMLET story, ran to 7 pages

 

 

Then the three other cartoon stories were “non-Biggles” stories and hence they are not illustrated here.

 

The third story was a Tim Valour story – This time entitled “Tim Valour – Commander of the Famous Tigerhawks by John Dixon, which ran to 14 pages

 

The fourth story was “The Crimson Comet” by John Dixon which ran to 11 pages

 

The sixth and final story was “Earl Harvey – Australian Security Operative” by Ted Atkinson which ran to 8 pages

 

 


 

 

 

SADLY, I DON’T ACTUALLY OWN ISSUE 9 – THE LAST BRITISH EDITION PUBLISHED

 

THEREFORE I AM NOT ABLE TO DETAIL THE CONTENTS

 

IF ANYBODY HAS ISSUE NUMBER 9 FOR SALE THEN PLEASE CONTACT ME AT

 

rogerharris@biggles.info

 

 

Although Captain W. E. Johns appears to be credited as the author of a number of these comic book stories – he didn’t actually write any.

In issue 17 of the Australian version of the comic there is a typed written note that reads as follows:-

 

“Biggles” comics are produced in Australia under an arrangement with Captain W. E. Johns, originator of “Biggles”.

The Australian written scripts are sent to England for approval before publication.

I’ve written about two or three years’ supply of ‘Biggles’ comic scripts for the Australasian market”

 

(There is no credit as to who the “I” refers to ………. Presumably it was the illustrator Albert De Vine?)

 

 

 

 

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