|Publication date||26 July 1890 to 12 September 1953|
|No. of issues||2,997|
|Main character(s)||Weary Willie and Tired Tim|
Hounslow Heath the Highwayman
After a brief initial run of six issues, Illustrated Chips was relaunched and ran for 2,997 issues. In 1953 it merged with Film Fun.
From May 1896 to the last issue the cover page held a comic strip featuring the tramps Weary Willie and Tired Tim (initially named "Weary Waddles and Tired Timmy"). The Weary Willie and Tired Tim characters helped inspire Charlie Chaplin to create his Little Tramp character.
Beginning in 1909 with Hounslow Heath the Highwayman, Alex Akerbladh created various cartoon strips for the magazine. Another notable feature in Illustrated Chips was Casey Court beginning in 1902 and continuing to the last issue. This cartoon involved a single and very busy picture where many kids from Casey Court, led by Billy Baggs, who were collectively referred to as the Nibs, would get up to some crazy scheme.
Illustrated Chips is no relation to the comic Whizzer and Chips, which launched in 1969. Coincidentally, however, both comics were eventually merged with Buster, with Illustrated Chips initially merging into Film Fun.