CarterRules wrote:I have virtually every single issue of Tiger between November 1980 and January 1985. Nipper's adventures ended in late 1982 in Tiger (could have been early '83), so that would have been when he joined ROTR.
I used to get Tiger every week too, had almost every copy between June 1979 and sometime around April 1985 when it merged with Eagle, and continued to buy it until the Tiger name disappeared from the cover for good in the summer of 1986. My mum threw them out sometime in the early 90s however....
It's been mentioned that Nipper lived in a caravan, I think he had a pet mongrel dog as well which under normal circumstances would have been put down at some point as I recall the dog was rather fond of biting/attacking people on a regular basis, and I think he had a motorbike and sidecar combo as a form of transport.
Billy Dane in Billy's Boots - he wasn't interested in a pair of Puma King, Adidas World Cup or Patrick Keegan footy boots at all, he was happy wearing a pair of Dead Shot Keen's boots from the 1930s that magically transformed Billy into a prolific goalscorer. It always puzzled me that when I read Tiger for the time he was in it, he never aged (he seemed to be permanently about 13/14), I don't know whatever happened to his parents (they never got mentioned) as he lived with his gran all the time and I don't recall him ever taking an interest in girls or music, nor did he ever experiment with cigs, booze or drugs. Billy Dane - The DSS Years would have been an interesting comic strip to read if ever such thing was written!
My favourite story in Tiger was Skid Solo, but it was a few years later after I stopped reading it that I realised that there were some odd things going on there - like the fact he became multiple F1 World Champion despite having a back up crew of just two people who designed and built his car and engine on a microscopic budget. And I don't believe that Skid was his real name either (for all I know he might have been related to Sal Solo, the bald headed lead singer from 80s one hit wonders Classix Nouveaux...)! I recall that there were some dark stories in Skid Solo, one involving a close friend getting killed in a race that forces Skid to temporarily retire from racing, and the story which brought Skid Solo to an end where he raced a turbocharged F1 car for the first time that was unsafe, then has a massive crash in it which leaves him horrendously disfigured and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
Getting back to Roy of the Rovers, I haven't seen the 70s book yet but have read bits of the 80s book - my favourite bit in that is a story from 1981 where someone who claims to be "Roys' biggest fan" turns up causing trouble (he's wearing a bobble hat and a t-shirt with "I'm Roy's biggest fan" on it) - he turns up with a loudhailer in one scene and puts every one off, then Roy dives into the crowd and drags out the guy onto the pitch and has him arrested. It's the dialogue in the story which I find more amusing! Also around 82-83 you could actually buy Melchester Rovers replica shirts in sports shops, Gola produced replicas for children and there were one or two kids at school who had them.
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