Best of Buster Monthly
The Best of Buster was the first proper spin off from The
Buster Comic. It was first released in May 1987 to celebrate the comic's 27th
Birthday. It was then released monthly until January 1995.
The comic was simply a selection of the Best of Buster (as the title might suggest!)
Buster's Diary was a prominent strip in here, as well as other strips from the late
70s and 80s. It included some of the strips that were currently running (X Ray Specs,
Chalky) plus the older ones like Gums, Strawbelly and Young Arfur. There was no
letters page, it was much like a Holiday Special but on a more regular basis.
It's Seven and a half year run suggests it was very popular with the readers.
Indeed, Whizzer & Chips and Whoopee followed suit with both Best of's outliving
their respective comics. The demise of The Best of Buster could well be due to a new
comic on the horizon as a matter of months later, Buster, Whizzer & Chips,
Whoopee and Big Comic Fortnightly were bought back to life in BVC.
Onto Big Comic Fortnightly