"He sits on the kerb reading my Wizard comic"

The Wizard was a DC Thomson publication that first appeared in 1922 and continued until it merged with The Rover in 1963. Regular features included 'Wilson the Wonder Athlete' and 'Wolf of Kabul'. Unlike other DC Thomson comics of the same era, such as The Beano and The Dandy, The Wizard featured full-length stories with little use of the comic strip format. It was extremely un-PC. One of its regular characters was Limp Along Leslie, a shepherd boy whose crippled leg mysteriously gave him the ability to bend footballs in flight and thus ensure his popularity among his peers. Another of the regular stories was 'V for Vengeance', which was about ex-inmates of concentration camps seeking out German war criminals and assassinating them. They were known as the Deathless Men, wore black hoods to hide their identity and each carried a poison capsule to bite on if they were ever captured. Another popular character was Bernard Briggs, a working-class caricature who excelled in every sport while upsetting the establishment by failing to turn up in regulation sportswear and cheerfully breaking all the conventions - appealing for an lbw decision, for example, while fielding at square leg. Bernard came from Slagton and rode a motorbike with an old bath tub as a sidecar.

Enjoy these original Wizard covers from the period.

The Wizard October 6th, 1956 (345 * 500)
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumThe Wizard October 6th, 1956 - Credit: Vic Whittle
The Wizard June 8th, 1957
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumThe Wizard June 8th, 1957 - Credit: Vic Whittle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wizard June 7th, 1958
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumThe Wizard June 7th, 1958 - Credit: Vic Whittle

 

The Wizard July 18th, 1959
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumThe Wizard July 18th, 1959 - Credit: Vic Whittle