It was published by Westworld Publishing, who also published Tarzan Adventures and various other reprint titles such as Pecos Bill and Little Sheriff Western. Junior News ran for only 21 weekly issues between 1 October 1953 and 18 February 1954. Each issue had 20 pages with a colour front and rear cover and carried two serial stories and a wide variety of news and feature material.
Although the majority of the material featured is dated and most of it written by authors nobody would recognise today, there are a few items of interest. I imagine most of you reading this will never have even heard of Junior News and Storyteller, so what I'm planning to do is to publish a whole issue over Tuesday and Wednesday so you can see that it was all about. I thought I'd take today to introduce the paper and put together a little selection of interesting items. I only have 10 of the 21 issues, a selection from issue four until the final issue. I'll run a collection of covers on Thursday.
The earliest issues had the serials 'Village Fanfare; or, The Man from the Future' by Donald Suddaby and 'Secret Valley' by Charles Carr. The latter was the pen-name of Sydney Charles Mason and was later used on a pair of science fiction novels, Colonists of Space and Salamander War. Suddaby's novel was also a science fiction tale, subsequently published by OUP in 1954. Apparently, the story had previously appeared in Cornhill magazine in December 1934 under the pen-name Griff. I won't comment on these as you'll be able to read an episode for yourself over the next couple of days.
The magazine also included a reprint of the NEA syndicated comic strip 'Kevin the Bold' drawn by Kreigh Collins (1908-1974) and sometimes credited to Russell Robert Winterbotham, although I gather Winterbotham only wrote the strip in 1964-68. A promotional note about the strip published in August 1950 doesn't make any mention of an author, so I wonder whether Collins was also the writer on the strip when it began.
In a couple of issues I found a quarter page panel by my old pal Denis Gifford under the title 'Puzzle Quiz with Dr Dizz'. I think this only ran briefly at the end of 1953.
Issue 18 noted that "The 'Junior News' stand at the Schoolboys' Own Exhibition proved extremely popular. Here, Stirling Moss is signing autographs for enthusiastic readers." Moss was also the subject of an interview in that same issue and a biography of the famous driver was promised to begin shortly. Articles began appearing two issues later and Moss starred on the cover of the final issue.