As well as being a huge comedy and movie star, British-born Bob Hope was also a big name in comics for many a year. From 1950 to 1968 — 109 issues — readers were treated to the amusing antics of the eponymous star. Though it’s doubtful Hope himself had much input into the comic — and I wonder if he even read it with any regularity — his name on the cover was sufficient to shift copies in significant numbers. By 1967, however, Hope’s star was perhaps fading a little, and the comic was ailing. No less a personage than Neal Adams was brought in to try and help boost sales, but it was to no avail. While stable-mate Jerry Lewis would limp on for a few more years, Bob Hope disappeared into memory.

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