Speed was launched on 23rd February 1980, edited by David Hunt, and published each Monday by IPC magazines. Aimed at boys, the comic featured strips about sports, daredevils, racers, and included articles and profiles on high performance vehicles of land, sea, and in the air.
Final covers leading up to the merger with Tiger comic
The artwork in Speed is a pleasure to behold, with a striking look for its covers, profiles, and the chosen strips rendered in colour. In the eight issues I have there are no credits given for the artists or writers – save for John Cooper who put his name to the centrespread art for the USS John F. Kennedy carrier featured in the 27th September issue. John Cooper has an impressive and long list of art credits including Agent 21, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Grange Hill, Wurzel Gummidge, Judge Dredd, Doctor Who, Knight Rider, The A-Team, and many more.
An online search found only a handful of credits made for British artists Ron Smith, Ron Turner, and Mike Western, along with Spanish artist, Vanyo. If any readers know of additional artists and writers please let me know in the comments.
The end of a very short era
Below is the 25th September announcement of the merger of Speed with Tiger. This would take place the following week. Speed only lasted as a standalone for 31 issues.
A short-lived comic, but enough time for an annual?
Yes! Speed managed to squeeze one annual onto an impressive list of British comics which appeared as hardbacks. 1981 it was, and although I never owned a single copy of Speed, I did have the annual 🙂
That’s all for now. Thanks for speeding around with us 🙂