In a three-part series, Bob Monkhouse pays tribute to Radio Fun, the children's comic which ran from 1938 to 1961, "devoted to the funny folk of the wireless." To a generation of children, the weekly comic was a must have commodity, its pages full of comedy and stories written by the stars of the time.
This three-part series will trace the history of the classic 'comic' icon.
It ran from 1938 to 1961 with 1167 issues.
Stars appearing between the covers included, Norman Wisdom, Benny Hill, Jewel and Warriss, Max Bygraves, Jimmy Durante, Wilfred Pickles, Issby Bonn, Petula Clark, Derek Roy "The Atomic Comic" and Anne Shelton, "The Golden Voice of Radio." The programmes contain interviews with people who remembered reading the comics as children, stars who appeared in its pages and a dramatisation from "The Falcon" strips.
Its galaxy of stars always made it an entertaining read, and its popularity rose and fell in conjunction with the success of radio at the time.
It included stories written by the likes of Joy Nichols, Felix Mendelssohn (the famous Hawaiian Band Leader), Dick Bentley, C Wilson Drake, Arthur Askey, Jimmy Edwards and Vic Oliver.
Superman and other super heroes also made appearances among the short stories and comedy sketches.
Sadly, Radio Fun fell victim to the same changes in public taste which led to the decline of radio comedy in the 1960s and the meteoric rise of television as the nation's premier form of broadcast entertainment.
Some of the stars who had graced the pages of Radio Fun would go on to have successful careers in this new medium while others would not make the transition.