One Page Thrillers (mostly)

A strip from The Victor

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Writer:- The Victor editorial team. Artist:- Jim Bleach (mainly); Ted Rawlings; Alonso.

Main cast:- none. This is an anthology series of quick fire stories.

Time periods:- various.

I've always been fascinated by short stories since I first encountered them at school. There is nowhere to hide in a short story. A writer has to get into the meat of the tale, quickly and with brevity. Only a few characters are required, with a single storyline. Quite a challenge.

But what are the challenges for a creator comic team producing a one page thriller? Space is obviously a problem. The tale has to be told in eight or nine panels. But 'if a picture paints a thousand words' (as the song's lyrics goes), then the writer as far as the words on the page are concerned can dispense with setting the scene. For example, location, appearance of characters, clothes, scenery and so on. Leaving that to the artist to create from the writers notes.

The writer can then concentrate on the plot, introducing a few characters quickly, create a situation and resolve it, with preferably a twist in the final panel. The artist meanwhile, has to make the story visually entertaining. Quite a tall order and as mentioned at the beginning, a challenge. The stories below, show how telling a one page thriller should be done.

The following one page thrillers are from issues 1288; 1303; 1307; 1335; 1337; 1342; 1349; 1389; 1398; 1402; 1393; 1397 & 1425.

***Please note that I am using a standard thumbnail image for all the full size pictures on this page. This is purely being done to save myself sometime.***

Artist Bleach. © D.C. Thomson Co. Ltd
Issue 1288
Artist Bleach. © D.C. Thomson Co. Ltd
Issue1303
Artist Bleach. © D.C. Thomson Co. Ltd
Issue 1307
Artist Ted Rawlings. © D.C. Thomson Co. Ltd
Issue 1335

Artist Alonso. © D.C. Thomson Co. Ltd
Issue 1337
Artist not known. © D.C. Thomson Co. Ltd
Issue 1342
Artist not known. © D.C. Thomson Co. Ltd
Issue 1349

Artist Bleach. © D.C. Thomson Co. Ltd
Issue 1389
Artist Bleach. © D.C. Thomson Co. Ltd
Issue 1398
Artist Bleach. © D.C. Thomson Co. Ltd
Issue 1402

Below are a couple of longer complete stories from the Victor comic.

Artist Bleach. © D.C. Thomson Co. Ltd
Issue 1393
Artist Bleach. © D.C. Thomson Co. Ltd Artist Bleach. © D.C. Thomson Co. Ltd

Artist Bleach. © D.C. Thomson Co. Ltd
Issue 1397
Artist Bleach. © D.C. Thomson Co. Ltd Artist Bleach. © D.C. Thomson Co. Ltd

And finally one of my favourite complete short stories from The Victor, issue 1425. The script is a bit stilted in places, but you get the idea.

Artist Bleach. © D.C. Thomson Co. Ltd
Issue 1425
Artist Bleach. © D.C. Thomson Co. Ltd

text © Adrian Banfield 2019; artwork © D.C. Thomson Co. Ltd.