Thriller Comics #28: "The Return of Captain Flame", art by Septimus E. Scott, 1952

Thriller Comics, later titled Thriller Comics Library and even later Thriller Picture Library, was a series of digest format[1] British comics published by the Amalgamated Press, later Fleetway Publications, from November 1951 to May 1963: 450 issues in all,[2] originally two per month, later four.[3]

Its stories were mainly historical adventure, featuring classic characters like Robin Hood, Dick Turpin and the Three Musketeers, western characters like Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickok, adaptations of classic adventure novels and films, and original characters like Captain Flame, Max Bravo and Battler Britton, either originated for the title or reprinted from other AP titles like Knockout, Sun and Comet. Artists featured included D. C. Eyles, Mike Hubbard, Eric Parker and Septimus E. Scott. Its original editor was Edward Holmes, succeeded in 1952 by Leonard Matthews.[4]


  1. Alan Clark, Dictionary of British Comic Artists, Writers and Editors, The British Library, 1998, p. 108
  2. Complete AP/Fleetway Comic Index
  3. Peter Richardson, Septimus Scott - the Septuagenarian Swashbuckler, Cloud 109, 11 March 2010
  4. Norman Wright and David Ashford, Masters of Fun and Thrills: The British Comic Artists Vol 1, Norman Wright (pub), 2008
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