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Ever since boys' comics were first published in the middle years of the nineteenth century, they have offered readers fun, adventure and escapism. As participation and attendance at sports events rose dramatically in the early years of the twentieth century, so boys' comics focused more and more on sportsmen, with footballers becoming the ultimate favourites.

Millions of boys' comics were sold in the 'golden age' in the 1920s and '30s. The introduction of football stories in cartoon-strip format proved immensely popular, and during the 1950s and '60s comics enjoyed a renaissance, with The Rover, Tiger and The Hotspur among the top titles. The 1970s saw the launch of dedicated football comics such as Scorcher and Score 'n' Roar. Within the pages of these titles, legends were born, but for every 'Hot Shot' Hamish there were dozens of other footballing heroes, and this book tells their stories, too.

Although these comics are no longer in circulation, they still generate a huge level of interest among boys and men of all ages, and the culture of the comic book hero continues. Using the archives of publishers DC Thomson and Co. Limited, IPC Media Limited and Egmont UK Limited, the authors have produced a definitive history of the comic book footballer. This unique and nostalgic account of the football comic book phenomenon will jog the memories of older readers and introduce the magic of these imaginary sporting stars to a whole new generation.

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"This lavishly illustrated paean to the genre will delight devotees (Book of the Week)" (Simon Redfern Independent on Sunday)

"If you need a book on football comics, this is the one to have" (When Saturday Comes)

"Sheds light on a largely forgotten but still strangely edifying genre" (ShortList)

"Excellent" (Sport Magazine)

"A pictorial romp . . . Nintendo and the rest will never be as much fun as this lot" (
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A celebration of the football comic genre and the many legendary characters they produced

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  • PublisherMainstream Publishing
  • Publication date2009
  • ISBN 10 184596408X
  • ISBN 13 9781845964085
  • BindingHardcover
  • Edition number1
  • Number of pages256
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Riches, Adam, Parker, Tim, Frankland, Robert
Published by Mainstream Publishing (2009)
ISBN 10: 184596408X ISBN 13: 9781845964085
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