School Friend had existed as an Amalgamated Press story paper for girls from 1919.
Revived as a comic in 1950 by Fleetway, the comic published a mixture of comic strips and prose stories. By 1961, School Friend had weekly sales figures of 446,394 making it a clear leader in the girl’s comic market. It merged with Girls Crystal in May 1963.
Regular strips included:
- Babs and the Family
- Bessie Bunter – Billy Bunter’s sister
- Cherry and the Children
- Dilly Dreem
- Jill Crusoe
- Kim, Dog of Mystery
- Lucky’s Living Doll
- My Friend Sara
- The Silent Three
- The Strangest Stories Ever Told – a pipe-smoking teller of spooky stories
- Terry Brent
- Sindy – stories based on the famous toy doll