*Boys’ Adventure & War Comics: No relation to the earlier story paper, 1966’s Champion launch was an oddball mishmash of European reprints combined with a selection of new homegrown series such as Return of the Stormtroopers, School for Spacemen, and what eventually emerged as the breakout strip, the Phantom Viking, a Thor-adjacent superhero who transitioned from timid schoolteacher Olaf Larsen whenever his Viking ancestry was aroused by imminent danger. Despite being heavily promoted as ‘A companion paper to Valiant!’, Champion was amalgamated into Lion after a mere fifteen issues, with the Phantom Viking going on to have a respectable run in his second home. The presence of some a-list creators and the appeal of a short achieveable run has made this highly sought after in later decades. We have nine individual issues (with a couple of duplicates) including both the first and final issues. Issue #1 (pictured) is FN at £50.