SAMMY GOES DUTCH
by Jeremy Briggs
When Swift comic began in March 1954 one of the original comic strips in it was "Sammy And His Speedsub". This was a black and white half page adventure strip in which young Sammy used his one boy sized Speedsub to help people in trouble. These one off, modern day stories were popular enough to soon be expanded to a full page as well as running in the early Swift Annuals. They continued in Swift until February 1957 when Sammy was suddenly invited to go visit a moonbase and the strip mutated into the science fiction themed "Sammy In Space" which was set in the same universe as Eagle’s "Dan Dare" strip.
(The original versions of this article appeared in Eagle Times v24 #1, Spring 2011, and v24 #4, Winter 2011. With thanks to John Swan.)