Saturday, March 15, 2014

First Class to Bash Street

Back in 2012 Royal Mail released a set of stamps with British comic covers on them. This was a very nice set and as far as I was aware the only time a British comic set had been made.

The 2012 stamps.

However, back in 1993 Royal Mail issued 'Greetings Stamps', a set of ten stamps that featured illustrations of famous characters including Rupert the Bear, William (from the William books) and Wilfred and Teacher, from The Bash Street Kids!

Yes, Wilfred and Teacher got first class treatment with this stamp, which features Wilfred teasing Teacher with an apple. Artwork is by David Sutherland. I'm not sure if British comics or characters have featured on any other stamps, these are the only two occasions I am aware of but if you do know of any more please leave a comment in the comments section below.

The postcard accompanying the stamp. The actual stamp can be seen at the top of this post.


Kid said...

I'm lucky enough to have both these sets, but I also seem to remember one with Dan Dare - although that set may have been space-related rather than just comics. I've got it somewhere.

Kid said...

P.S. I mean another Dan Dare stamp, not the one on the most recent set.

Peter Gray said...

There was a smile series of stamps...laughing policeman...and a open mouthed smile Dennis with no teeth by David Sutherland...Stan Laurel smile..Mona Lisa..Mr Punch smile..etc..

TwoHeadedBoy said...

I'll have to try and track down that first set - the Raymond Briggs one is a bit lovely.

Peter Gray said...

Heres the Dennis one I was talking about..