IT was one of the biggest selling British comics, enjoyed by a generation of Fifties schoolboys.
Like the Eagle, the Rover and other titles which featured written stories rather than cartoon strips were in a class of their own.
The Rover was a stablemate of other popular papers for boys - remember The Wizard, Hotspur and Adventure? - published by DC Thomson.
It came out every Thursday and featured such heroes as Alf Tupper, the Tough of the Track, Matt Braddock VC, the ace of the air, Morgan the Mighty, Nick Smith, the football genius who played inside left for Granton United, HK Rodd, the "sensational" cricketer said to have transformed the English side, not forgetting The Racing Rogers, Britain's brilliant family of speed kings.
Priced 3d the paper sometimes featured school badges from across the country on its front cover.
Many will recall buying all the DC Thomson titles over the course of a week and then facing the dilemma of actually reading them all before their heroes embarked on new adventures the following week.
How many spent more hours at school reading comics under their desks than listening to what they were being taught?
Written by The Editor - 06/09/2001 18:42:48
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