TV COMIC

Dates: 1 9th Nov 1951-1697 29th Jun 1984
Issues: CLICK HERE to view issues, super-size cover images and values in 9 grades

TV Comic is a far more long-lived title than people realise and fantastically collectible for the number and variety of TV characters featured from Supercar and Fireball XL5 to The Avengers and Doctor Who. There are also a number of very collectible free gifts.

The high point for most collectors is the Doctor Who strip that began with issue #674 dated 14th Nov 1964 with the William Hartnell incarnation. A nice high grade copy of this sold on eBay UK in Feb 2011 for a staggering £171!

With thanks to Steven Adamson for some great free gift pictures as ever.

TV Comic is also known for its Star Trek reprints. Here is some brilliant research by Shaqui Le Vesconte:

Mighty TV Comic Gold Key Star Trek reprints

Star Trek was introduced in Polystyle Publications' TV Comic when the title became Mighty TV Comic with issue #1292, dated 18 September 1976. The Star Trek comic strips were serialised b&w reprints of Gold Key Star Trek comics and over the next two years, worked their way through seven of the first nine stories, with the other two appearing in Star Trek Winter Special late in 1976. Initially, each page of art was enlarged to fill the entire A3 tabloid newspaper format, resulting in somewhat crude reproduction, and requiring a masthead squashed along the top of the first panel. From issue #1298, the art was reduced to a size consistent with earlier reprints in the World Distributor annuals, and given a surrounding frame with photos of the Enterprise, Kirk, Spock and the other main characters - including Chekov, who did not appear in any of these Gold Key comics. This frame underwent a revamp, filling the whole spread from issue #1312, and remained for the duration of the run.

The Star Trek strip was quite nicely promoted by full colour photos on Mighty TV Comic covers until the publication resumed printing comic strips on the front page from issue #1323. Late in 1977, the title reverted to TV Comic from issue #1353 and in spring the following year, returned to a standard A4 comic format from issue #1377. In order to bring the Gold Key reprints to an end shortly after, the final pages of The Legacy of Lazarus were abridged to a rushed conclusion, ending with issue #1381, dated 3 June 1978.

Mighty TV Comic Gold Key Star Trek reprint checklist:
 

  • #1292-1303, The Planet Of No Return (Gold Key #1)
  • #1304-1316, The Peril Of Planet Quick Change (Gold Key #4) Note: Early chapters were incorrectly titled The Peril Of Planet Quick Chance
  • #1317-1329, The Ghost Planet (Gold Key #5)
  • #1330-1345, When Planets Collide (Gold Key #6)
  • #1346-1358, The Voodoo Planet (Gold Key #7)
  • #1359-1371, The Youth Trap (Gold Key #8)
  • #1372-1381, The Legacy Of Lazarus (Gold Key #9)
  • Mighty Midget Comic #2 (free gift with issue #1293), The Perfect Dream (Gold Key #26)
  • Star Trek Winter Special, The Devil's Isle of Space (Gold Key #2) and Invasion of the City Builders (Gold Key #3)

 

 
 

Total value for all issues of this title listed:

Condition

PR
1.0
FR
1.5
GD
2.0
VG
4.0
FN
6.0
VF
8.0
VF/NM
9.0
NM-
9.2
NM
9.4
MINT
10.0
Issues 1694 1694 1694 1694 1694 1694 1495 1495 1495
Total £ 1,310 2,100 2,850 5,790 11,540 22,420 36,720 45,910 55,100

Note: some PR issues may have no value. Selected issues in FN, VF or VF/NM may not exist in some titles.