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Comedy Greats

Stamp name: Spike Milligan

Value: First Class

Release date: 1 April 2015

About this stamp

British comedian Spike Milligan was known for his surreal, stream-of-consciousness humour. He was co-creator, writer and a principal cast member of hit BBC radio programme ‘The Goon Show’ that ran from 1951 to 1960.

Published on April Fool’s Day, 2015, the Comedy Greats Special Stamps collection pays tribute to some of the most cherished British comedy acts.

Combining an imaginative mix of colour and monochrome images, the 10 stamps feature individuals, double acts and comedy ensembles who have brought laughter to millions. Each stamp also features miniature scenes depicting classic sketches, hilarious routines, characters and costumes from the seminal comedy acts.

The collection focuses on performers who emerged from the tradition of stand-up and sketch show artists, rather than those more widely regarded as comic actors.

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Design The Chase
Stamp format Landscape
Stamp size 41mm x 30mm
Printer International Security
Print process Lithography
Perforation 4.5 x 14
Phosphor Bars as appropriate
Gum PVA
Number per sheet 25/50

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Presentation Pack
Written by renowned comedy biographer Graham McCann, the Presentation Pack charts the lives, times and greatest comic creations of the featured acts.

Fittingly, the pack’s bold design features striking typography, which evokes the bright lights of the great days of variety shows. It also includes all 10 Special Stamps, presented in two horizontal se-tenant strips.

First Day Cover
The First Day Cover is available with a special Ha Ha! handstamp postmark.