Triffik? Just a Little Bit Less than Underwhelming.

The comic, Triffik, set out to become the main rival to the Beano, it was set up with about £200,000 and was published by Communications Innovations (CI). The first issue was printed on the 29th of February, 1992. It had high hopes, 400,000 issues were printed and was expected to sell over 500,000 for the first issue. The editor was Paul Cockburn, he had no experience in comic editing, but said he was a “traditional comic reader.” He was contracted by CI for twelve issues, which coincidentally was the last issue. They must have seen after twelve weeks that it wasn’t going to work and their estimations of the comic were somewhat impossible to achieve.

Perhaps one of the best characters was Buster Case drawn by Tim Perkins and Co. (who also drew Heather Hacker and Dino Swords in the comic). It was a detective strip which, instead of a story (Sheerluck and Son and Nick Kelly), it got the reader involved. You had to try and work out whodunnit , Buster would interview the suspects and they would reveal pieces of information. On the Ed’s page you could submit the three clues you saw and the culprit, if you sent in the slip, and you were the lucky winner, you would win £100. A fortune for a  7- 12 year old.

An angry Scotsman, maybe like Euan Kerr when he found out CI thought they could rival The Beano. Euan is reported saying that Dennis the Menace was ready for a challenge. Dennis hardly had to lift a finger before Triffik was knocked out. Other than Buster and Angus, many of the characters were merely copies of more successful ones, Disastrous Dick was like the second version of the Smasher, and the cover story, Dr. Blood’s Monster Hospital, similar to Hire a Horror. The comic showed promise, but sadly wasn’t able to shine. For comic fans Triffik was nothing more than a wannabe, they wanted all the success of The Beano, but did not back up this with good story lines and relatable characters. It will be remembered as a comic that promised the earth, but didn’t deliver.