The Hotspur

The Hotspur has had a double life, it begun as a storypaper with issue #1 in (2nd Sept 1933) and ran for 1197 issues until (17th Oct 1959). After this date it became a comic rather than a storypaper renaming itself 'The New Hotspur'.

Issue #1 of 'New Hotspur' ran from (24th Oct 1959) lasting 173 issues until (9th Feb 1963), dropping the 'New' from its title in issue #174 and becoming just 'Hotspur' again from (16th Feb 1963) and running a further 944 issues until (24th Jan 1981) until merging with The Victor.


Free Gifts/comics listed to date...

  • The Hotspur #1 - (2nd Sept 1933) - Black cloth mask
  • The Hotspur #955 - (26th Feb 1955) - The Zippy Boomerang
  • The Hotspur #1170 - (11th April 1959) - 2x cards - Football Tips & Tricks (cards #7 & #8)
  • The Hotspur #1172 - (25th April 1959) - 2x cards - Football Tips & Tricks (cards #23 & #24)
  • The Hotspur #1173 - (2nd May 1959) - 2x cards - Football Tips & Tricks
  • The Hotspur #1177 - (30th May 1959) - 2x cards - Football Tips & Tricks

 

  • The New Hotspur #1 - (24th Oct 1959) - Jumping Frog (3x colours)
  • The Hotspur #627 - (23rd Oct 1971) - sheet of 15 stickers


The Hotspur #1 - (2nd Sept 1933)

 

Free Gift: Black cloth mask

 

Description:

This free gift was a black cloth mask almost identicial to the Beano comic #1 free gift except the Beano free gift was a tan colour.

 


The Hotspur #955 - (26th Feb 1955)

 

Free Gift:

The Zippy Boomerang

 

Description:

This white plastic boomerang came with a rubber bang & 'shooting stick' housed inside a paper envelope with user instructions to the front.


The Hotspur #1170

dated - (11th April 1959)

 

Free Gift:

2x cards - Football Tips & Tricks

 

  • card #7 - The kick curves out

 

  • card #8 - When it pays to pass back to your back

 

Description: (64 card set)

originally these two cards would be joint together & would have to be cut apart

The full 64 card set was spread over The Wizard, The Rover, The Hotspur & The Adventure comic. Two cards per issue spread over 8 issues per title.


The Hotspur #1172

dated - (25th April 1959)

 

Free Gift:

2x cards - Football Tips & Tricks

 

  • card #23 - The Long-Distance Lob

 

  • card #24 - The Chip Back from the Line is a Winner

 

Description: (64 card set)

originally these two cards would be joint together & would have to be cut apart

The full 64 card set was spread over The Wizard, The Rover, The Hotspur & The Adventure comic. Two cards per issue spread over 8 issues per title.

 

 


The Hotspur #1173

dated - (2nd May 1959)

 

Free Gift:

2x cards - Football Tips & Tricks

 

  • card #??? -

 

  • card #??? -

 

Description: (64 card set)

originally these two cards would be joint together & would have to be cut apart

The full 64 card set was spread over The Wizard, The Rover, The Hotspur & The Adventure comic. Two cards per issue spread over 8 issues per title.


The Hotspur #1177

dated - (2nd May 1959)

 

Free Gift:

2x cards - Football Tips & Tricks

 

  • card #??? -

 

  • card #??? -

 

Description: (64 card set)

originally these two cards would be joint together & would have to be cut apart

The full 64 card set was spread over The Wizard, The Rover, The Hotspur & The Adventure comic. Two cards per issue spread over 8 issues per title.



The New Hotspur #1

Date - (24th Oct 1959)

 

Free Gift:

Jumping Frog

- 3x colours (red, yellow & green)

 

Description:

A tin toy frog with a spring pin that is trapped by a small amount of tar attached to the underside of the toy to cause a delayed sping action.

Sometimes confused with the Jumping Frog of Dandy Comic #2 (red frog). The easiest way to identify are the words 'EMPIRE MADE' etched into the underside of the frog.


The Hotspur #627

dated - (23rd Oct 1971)

 

Free Gift:

Sheet of 15x stickers

 

Description:

Sheet of 15 x stickers ranging from 'I like school', 'I hate your Team' - 3x large stickers & 12x smal stickers.