Many thanks to Alan Smith and his 'Sparky File' for inspiring me to visit the British Newspaper Library to complete my documentation of 'SPARKY'. Below is just a dusty list of stats. For a definitive, exhaustive, thorough and passionate account of the 'SPARKY' story, get hold of 'The Sparky File'.

Also, many thanks to Ray Moore for supplying information and detail that wasn't available at the British Newspaper Library - the relevant pages having been cut out by some swine.

STRIPS
Some strips have more than one series.
(a quick way to see which ones is to click on 'FROM' or 'TO' ascending).
Strip names are in upper case, individual series in lower case.
'APPS' (appearances) and 'PAGE AREA' totals in square brackets / italic are series totals (in effect, sub-totals of the strip).

Where a 'Sparky' strip / feature began life in the readers' letters pages (viz 'Teachers Nutty Nicknames', 'Yours Truly', 'Minnie The Sparky Office Tea-Lady', 'Nirdles To You', and 'Sir-Pics'), I have only included appearances outside of there.

For key to 'GENRE' column, see table below Summary table.
To change (or reverse) order click on column heading.
To see list of any missing appearances move cursor over bracketed figure in 'no. of missing' column.
Where there are more missing than appearances, the appearances are listed.

TABLE IS CURRENTLY SORTED BY STRIP / ASCENDING ORDER

STRIP GENRE FROM-TO (no.of
missing)
APPS PAGE AREA
all (colour / black + red /
black + white)
A. TROCIOUSCF579 to 602 no gaps 2424 ( - / - / 24 )
AH-CHOO!C545 to 650 (36) 7043.5 ( 18 / - / 25.5 )
ALI'S BABA / ALI AND HIS BABAC261 to 652 (1) 391391 ( - / 391 / - )
BALLOON FAMILY ROBINSONA77-85 & 138/139 no gaps 1125 ( - / - / 25 )
BARNEY (BULLDOG) / JOHN BULL DOGGCsee series entries - 300299 ( 299 / - / - )
John Bull DogC200 to 209 no gaps [10] [8 ( 8 / - / - ) ]
Barney BulldogC211 to 448 (2) [236] [236 ( 236 / - / - ) ]
BarneyC449 to 528 (25) [54] [55 ( 55 / - / - ) ]
BARON VON REICHS-PUDDINGCsee series entries - 96167 ( 167 / - / - )
Baron Von Reichs-Pudding (series 1)C474 to 560 (1) [86] [147 ( 147 / - / - ) ]
Baron Von Reichs-Pudding (series 2)C643 to 652 no gaps [10] [20 ( 20 / - / - ) ]
BIG BILLY BIGGCAsee series entries - 5397 ( 94 / 3 / - )
Big Billy Bigg (series 1)CA161 to 169 no gaps [9] [20 ( 18 / 2 / - ) ]
Big Billy Bigg (series 2)CA179 to 210 no gaps [32] [65 ( 64 / 1 / - ) ]
Big Billy Bigg (series 3)CA232 to 243 no gaps [12] [12 ( 12 / - / - ) ]
BIG OSSIEAS141 to 155 no gaps 1532 ( - / - / 32 )
BLACK JACKC2 to 5 no gaps 41.33 ( - / 1.33 / - )
BLONDEL, THE WANDERING MINSTRELAS168 to 181 no gaps 1430 ( - / - / 30 )
BOY IN THE FOREST OF FEARAS73 to 83 no gaps 1122 ( - / - / 22 )
THE BOYHOOD OF DEADWOOD DICKA198 to 210 no gaps 1326 ( - / - / 26 )
BUSHBOYAsee series entries - 2973.5 ( 58 / 15.5 / - )
Bushboy (series 1)A261 to 275 no gaps [15] [31.5 ( 30 / 1.5 / - ) ]
Bushboy (series 2)A346 to 359 no gaps [14] [42 ( 28 / 14 / - ) ]
CAPTAIN CUTLER AND HIS BUTLERC397 to 426 no gaps 3061 ( 60 / 1 / - )
THE CAPTIVE KIDDSAS184 to 195 no gaps 1224 ( - / - / 24 )
CAP’ N HOOD AND HIS MERRY MENC212 to 231 no gaps 2020 ( 20 / - / - )
THE CAVE KIDSA120 to 131 no gaps 1224 ( - / - / 24 )
CHARLIE CHUTNEYC141 to 209 (16) 5326.5 ( - / - / 26.5 )
CHEATING CHARLIEC192 to 210 (2) 1717 ( - / - / 17 )
CHILDREN OF THE SECRET POOLAS61 to 76 no gaps 1632 ( - / - / 32 )
The CIRCUS OF PT BIMBOC581 to 652 no gaps 7272 ( - / 72 / - )
CITY UNDER THE SEAAS60 to 79 no gaps 2040 ( 40 / - / - )
CLEVER CLAIREC170 to 178 no gaps 920 ( 18 / 2 / - )
THE CORAL ISLANDASN199 to 210 no gaps 1228 ( - / - / 28 )
COVERCF / RF1 to 567 (506) 6162 ( 62 / - / - )
CUCKOO IN THE CLOCKC2 to 139 no gaps 138138 ( - / 137 / 1 )
DAVEY SPACER Asee series entries - 4591 ( - / - / 91 )
Little Davey Spacer (series 1)A95 to 107 no gaps [13] [27 ( - / - / 27 ) ]
Davey Spacer In Giantland (series 2) A140 to 157 no gaps [18] [36 ( - / - / 36 ) ]
Davey Spacer (series 3)A227 to 240 no gaps [14] [28 ( - / - / 28 ) ]
DAVID COPPERFIELDASN140 to 158 no gaps 1940 ( - / - / 40 )
DEAR SIRRF466 to 652 no gaps 187245 ( - / 27 / 218 )
DEPUTY DAWGC140 to 165 no gaps 2626 ( - / 26 / - )
DICK TURPENTINEC1 to 12 (6) 62 ( - / 1.33 / 0.67 )
THE DOWNSIDE DONKEYSAS43 to 52 no gaps 1020 ( - / - / 20 )
DREAMY DANIELC403 to 652 (1) 249249 ( - / 231 / 18 )
DREAMY DAVE AND DOZY DORAC1 to 204 no gaps 204408 ( 198 / - / 210 )
ESKY MOC211 to 259 no gaps 4949 ( - / - / 49 )
EXTRA STAR PRIZERF606 and 609 no gaps 21 ( - / - / 1 )
FIREMAN FREDC63 to 131 (3) 6666 ( - / 66 / - )
FLOATING ALONG, SINGING A SONGA36 to 47 no gaps 1225 ( - / - / 25 )
THE FLOATING FARRELLSAS158 to 170 no gaps 1327 ( - / - / 27 )
THE FLOOD THAT MOTHER REMEMBERSAS35 to 47 no gaps 1326 ( - / - / 26 )
FLUBBERFACEC1 to 59 (42) 1717 ( - / 6 / 11 )
FOUR LEGGED FREDC / A299 to 314 no gaps 1634 ( - / - / 34 )
FREDDIE THE FEARLESS FLYC1 to 91 (58) 3333 ( - / 3 / 30 )
FROSTY McNABC2 and 4 no gaps 20.67 ( - / 0.67 / - )
FUNFARE / THE SPARKY FUNFARERF191 to 465 no gaps 275446 ( - / - / 446 )
GILPIN THE LOST, LOST BOYAS35 to 49 no gaps 1530 ( - / - / 30 )
GOLDIEAS48 to 61 no gaps 1428 ( - / - / 28 )
GRANDMA JOLLY C2, 7 and 17 no gaps 31 ( - / 0.33 / 0.67 )
GRANNY CUPP AND HER FLYING SAUCERCsee series entries - 1428 ( - / - / 28 )
Granny Cupp And Her Flying Saucer (series 1)C80 to 85 no gaps [6] [12 ( - / - / 12 ) ]
Granny Cupp And Her Flying Saucer (series 2)C132 to 139 no gaps [8] [16 ( - / - / 16 ) ]
GREEDY GUSAC117 to 127 no gaps 1122 ( - / - / 22 )
HAIRY DANC1 to 29 (18) 113.67 ( - / 0.67 / 3 )
HARRY CARRYC123 to 209 (14) 7373 ( - / - / 73 )
HARRY PRESTOC211 to 224 no gaps 147 ( - / - / 7 )
HELPFUL HENRYC211 to 230 no gaps 2020 ( - / - / 20 )
HERMAN’S HORRORSCOPECsee series entries - 2525 ( - / - / 25 )
Herman’s Horrorscope (series 1)C489 to 499 no gaps [11] [11 ( - / - / 11 ) ]
Herman’s Horrorscope (series 2)C522 to 525 no gaps [4] [4 ( - / - / 4 ) ]
Herman’s Horrorscope (series 3)C593 to 602 no gaps [10] [10 ( - / - / 10 ) ]
HOCKEY HANNAHC1 to 76 (33) 4343 ( - / 13 / 30 )
THE HORSE WITH WINGSAS88 to 106 no gaps 1938 ( 38 / - / - )
HUFFY, MUFFY AND TUFFYAC60 to 74 no gaps 1530 ( - / - / 30 )
HUNGRY HORACEC1 to 652 (5) 647647 ( - / 4 / 643 )
I FLYC262 to 426 (57) 10854 ( - / - / 54 )
I SPYCA / Csee series entries - 236517.5 ( 90 / 9 / 418.5 )
I Spy (series 1)CA211 to 279 no gaps [69] [144 ( - / 1 / 143 ) ]
I Spy (series 2)CA300 to 321 no gaps [22] [66.5 ( - / - / 66.5 ) ]
I Spy (series 3)CA333 to 355 no gaps [23] [53 ( - / - / 53 ) ]
I Spy (series 4)CA360 to 396 no gaps [37] [82 ( 74 / 8 / - ) ]
I Spy (series 5)C465 to 467 no gaps [3] [6 ( - / - / 6 ) ]
I Spy (series 6)CA500 to 520 no gaps [21] [43 ( - / - / 43 ) ]
I Spy (series 7)CA526 to 586 no gaps [61] [123 ( 16 / - / 107 ) ]
INVISIBLE DICKACsee series entries - 417834 ( - / - / 834 )
Invisible Dick (series 1)AC108 to 123 no gaps [16] [32 ( - / - / 32 ) ]
Invisible Dick (series 2)AC182 to 499 (1) [317] [634 ( - / - / 634 ) ]
Invisible Dick (series 3, reprints)AC563 to 586 no gaps [24] [48 ( - / - / 48 ) ]
Invisible Dick (series 4, reprints)AC593 to 652 no gaps [60] [120 ( - / - / 120 ) ]
THE ISLAND FROM THE PASTA98 to 109 no gaps 1225 ( - / - / 25 )
JEFF YE JOLLY JESTERC1 to 89 (66) 2323 ( - / 9 / 14 )
JOE BANN C1 to 138 (95) 4343 ( - / 35 / 8 )
JOKES (NO TITLE)CF626,627 and 629 no gaps 31.2 ( - / - / 1.2 )
JUMBO AND JETC427 to 455 no gaps 2958 ( 58 / - / - )
THE JUNGLE ARKAS211 to 226 no gaps 1632 ( - / - / 32 )
THE JUNGLE WALKERSAS241 to 254 no gaps 1428 ( - / - / 28 )
JUST SUPPOSIN'...C611 no gaps 11 ( - / - / 1 )
KEEPERS OF THE DANCING DRUMSAS107 to 122 no gaps 1633 ( - / - / 33 )
KEYHOLE KATEC1 to 488 (8) 480480 ( - / 233 / 247 )
THE KIDNAPPED KIDDSAS1 to 15 no gaps 1530 ( - / - / 30 )
THE KINGS OF THE CASTLECsee series entries - 80160 ( 160 / - / - )
Kings Of The Castle (series 1)C230 to 260 no gaps [31] [62 ( 62 / - / - ) ]
Kings Of The Castle (series 2)C315 to 345 no gaps [31] [62 ( 62 / - / - ) ]
Kings Of The Castle (series 3)C561 to 578 no gaps [18] [36 ( 36 / - / - ) ]
KIPPER FEETAC23 to 34 no gaps 1224 ( - / - / 24 )
KLANKYACsee series entries - 204411 ( - / - / 411 )
Big Klanky (series 1)AC75 to 87 no gaps [13] [28 ( - / - / 28 ) ]
Klanky (series 2)AC141 to 160 no gaps [20] [40 ( - / - / 40 ) ]
Klanky (series 3)AC211 to 239 no gaps [29] [58 ( - / - / 58 ) ]
Around The World With Klanky (series 4)AC280 to 299 no gaps [20] [40 ( - / - / 40 ) ]
Klanky (series 5)AC377 to 499 (1) [122] [245 ( - / - / 245 ) ]
L-CARSC205 to 652 no gaps 448904 ( - / - / 904 )
THE LONELY LAD OF BLUE LAGOONA124 to 183 no gaps 60121 ( - / - / 121 )
LONELY WOODAsee series entries - 1235 ( - / - / 35 )
Lonely Wood (series 1)A26 to 34 no gaps [9] [26 ( - / - / 26 ) ]
Lonely Wood (series 2)A57 to 59 no gaps [3] [9 ( - / - / 9 ) ]
LOST CHILDREN OF THE FORESTAS48 to 55 no gaps 818 ( - / - / 18 )
THE LOST PONIES OF THORA110 to 119 no gaps 1020 ( - / - / 20 )
MA KELLY’S TELLYC315 to 402 (4) 8484 ( - / 34 / 50 )
THE MAGIC SWORDAS156 to 167 no gaps 1226 ( - / - / 26 )
MAKE AN I SPY MODELRF278 no gaps 10.5 ( - / - / 0.5 )
McGINTY THE GOATAC17 to 29 no gaps 1326 ( - / - / 26 )
MEDDLESOME MATTYC140 to 224 (23) 6231 ( - / - / 31 )
THE MINI-MARTINSA322 to 332 no gaps 1126 ( - / - / 26 )
MINNIE THE SPARKY OFFICE TEA-LADYC545 to 648 (37) 6733.5 ( 2.5 / - / 31 )
MINNIE-HA-HAC1 to 55 (22) 3333 ( - / 30 / 3 )
THE MISERY KINGAS255 to 260 no gaps 612 ( - / - / 12 )
MISTER BUBBLESACsee series entries - 333666 ( 30 / - / 636 )
Mister Bubbles (series 1)AC240 to 546 no gaps [307] [614 ( 30 / - / 584 ) ]
Mister Bubbles (series 2, reprints)AC627 to 652 no gaps [26] [52 ( - / - / 52 ) ]
The MOONSTERSC2 to 199 no gaps 198184.2 ( 184.2 / - / - )
MY GROCKLE AND MEC86 to 140 no gaps 55111 ( - / - / 111 )
NINE HUNDRED YEARS AGOAS87 to 94 no gaps 816 ( - / - / 16 )
NIRDLES TO YOU!RF594 to 647 (36) 189 ( - / - / 9 )
NORTH SEA OYLAS587 to 592 no gaps 625 ( 1 / - / 24 )
NOSEY PARKER Csee series entries - 7648.5 ( - / 9.5 / 39 )
Nosey Parker (series 1)C1 to 29 (5) [24] [12 ( - / 9.5 / 2.5 ) ]
Nosey Parker (series 2)C83 to 139 (5) [52] [36.5 ( - / - / 36.5 ) ]
THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOPASN179 to 198 no gaps 2044 ( - / - / 44 )
THE PALACE OF SECRETSA1 to 14 no gaps 1436.17 ( - / - / 36.17 )
PANSY POTTERC2 to 567 (103) 463450 ( - / 100.5 / 349.5 )
PETER PIPERC3 to 652 (26) 624815 ( - / 168 / 647 )
PIN-UPSCF456 to 473 (1) 1717 ( 17 / - / - )
The PLANET OF THE NIRDLESC579 to 642 no gaps 6464 ( - / - / 64 )
POCAHONTASAS56 to 60 no gaps 510 ( - / - / 10 )
POLICE HORSE HADRIANA75 to 85 no gaps 1122 ( - / - / 22 )
POP MADCF547 to 562 no gaps 1632 ( - / - / 32 )
PRENTICE PETEA84 & 123 -140 no gaps 1938 ( - / - / 38 )
PUSS AN’ BOOTSC231 to 652 (1) 421618.5 ( 406 / 3 / 209.5 )
THE QUEST OF THE WANDERING WINGATESAS50 to 58 no gaps 918 ( - / - / 18 )
RAIDERS FROM THE RED PLANETAS30 to 34 no gaps 510 ( - / - / 10 )
THE RIDDLE OF THE ROUGHLANDSAS25 to 34 no gaps 1021 ( - / - / 21 )
RORY, THE HORSE OF MANY MASTERSAS62 to 74 no gaps 1326 ( - / - / 26 )
RUDOLF THE REDCOAT MOUNTIECsee series entries - 4896 ( 48 / - / 48 )
Rudolf The Redcoat Mountie (series 1)C276 to 299 no gaps [24] [48 ( 48 / - / - ) ]
Rudolf The Redcoat Mountie (series 2, reprints)C603 to 626 no gaps [24] [48 ( - / - / 48 ) ]
SACRAMENTO HERE WE COMEAS187 to 197 no gaps 1124 ( - / - / 24 )
SAILOR BROWN’S SCHOOLDAYSA196 to 210 no gaps 1534 ( - / - / 34 )
SAM’S SNAKEC244 to 426 (54) 12964.5 ( - / 0.5 / 64 )
SEVEN AT ONE BLOWAS60 to 72 no gaps 1326 ( - / - / 26 )
SIR PICS!RF582 to 642 (42) 199.4 ( - / - / 9.4 )
THE SLOWDOWN EXPRESSC25 to 137 (42) 7171 ( - / 62 / 9 )
SNAPSHOT SIDC140 to 191 (5) 4747 ( - / 39 / 8 )
SNIP AND SNAPC403 to 499 no gaps 9797 ( - / 1 / 96 )
THE SNOOKSC166 to 205 (1) 3939 ( - / 39 / - )
SOME MUMMIES DO ‘AVE ‘EM!C568 to 652 no gaps 85169 ( 169 / - / - )
SOUTH SEAS SUZIEAS171 to 186 no gaps 1635 ( - / - / 35 )
SPARKYC1 to 210 no gaps 210188.9 ( 188.9 / - / - )
(WE ARE) THE SPARKY PEOPLEC211 to 652 no gaps 442442 ( - / 438 / 4 )
SPARKY’S CHRISTMAS CRACKERSRF258 no gaps 10.5 ( - / - / 0.5 )
SPARKY’S PUZZLESRF1 to 190 no gaps 190190 ( - / - / 190 )
SPOOFERCsee series entries - 381381 ( 19 / 360 / 2 )
Spoofer (series 1)C206 to 580 (4) [371] [371 ( 19 / 350 / 2 ) ]
Spoofer McGraw (series 2, reprints)C643 to 652 no gaps [10] [10 ( - / 10 / - ) ]
STONE-AGE STEVEC1 and 5 no gaps 20.67 ( - / 0.67 / - )
SUPERWITCHC500 to 651 (5) 147147 ( - / - / 147 )
TEACHERS’ NUTTY NICKNAMESCF / RF571 to 652 (30) 5228.4 ( - / - / 28.4 )
TELLYFUNCF521 to 549 (4) 2532 ( 30 / 1 / 1 )
TERRY HAD A LITTLE PIGA86 to 97 no gaps 1225 ( - / - / 25 )
TESS OF THE TAOKIAS356 to 363 no gaps 819 ( - / - / 19 )
THINGUMMYBLOBC500 to 652 no gaps 153306 ( - / - / 306 )
TITCH, THE PUP THAT GREW AND GREWA128 to 137 no gaps 1020 ( - / - / 20 )
TOM KATC323 to 401 (23) 5656 ( - / 1 / 55 )
TOM TARDYC140 to 175 (16) 2020 ( - / 20 / - )
TROUBLE BRUINC280 to 314 no gaps 3534.75 ( - / - / 34.75 )
UNCLE TOM’S CABINASN159 to 178 no gaps 2040 ( - / - / 40 )
WATCHA16 to 35 no gaps 2040 ( - / - / 40 )
WEE TUSKYACsee series entries - 3060 ( - / - / 60 )
Wee Tusky (series 1)AC1 to 22 no gaps [22] [44 ( - / - / 44 ) ]
Wee Tusky (series 2)AC35 to 42 no gaps [8] [16 ( - / - / 16 ) ]
THE WILD WEST KIDSA364 to 376 no gaps 1326 ( - / - / 26 )
WILL O’ THE WELLAsee series entries - 1841.33 ( - / - / 41.33 )
Will O’ The Well (series 1)A15 to 25 no gaps [11] [27.33 ( - / - / 27.33 ) ]
Will O’ The Well (series 2)A53 to 59 no gaps [7] [14 ( - / - / 14 ) ]
WILLIE GETAWAYC316 to 499 (42) 142142 ( - / - / 142 )
WILLY THE WOEFUL WIZARDCA86 to 116 no gaps 3162 ( - / - / 62 )
WINNIE THE WITCHC25 to 122 no gaps 9898 ( - / - / 98 )
WRITE TO SPARKYRF3 to 190 no gaps 188188 ( - / - / 188 )
WYATT TWERP Csee series entries - 5776 ( 38 / - / 38 )
Wyatt Twerp (series 1)C211 to 229 no gaps [19] [38 ( 38 / - / - ) ]
Wyatt Twerp and Bugsy (series 2)C261 to 298 no gaps [38] [38 ( - / - / 38 ) ]
YEAR OF THE VANAKSAS35 to 56 no gaps 2244 ( 44 / - / - )
THE YOUNG CASTAWAYSA1 to 16 no gaps 1632 ( - / - / 32 )
YOURS TRULYC597 to 632 (31) 55 ( - / - / 5 )
Key Genre Description
AAdventure Art is 'real-life' and story is dramatic and may continue into following issue
ACAdventure Comic Art is 'real-life' and story is humorous, or art is cartoon-like and action is adventure rather than laughs
ASAdventure Story Art is 'real-life' and story is dramatic and takes place over length of run with 'cliff-hangers'
ASNAdventure Story based on a novel (or other literary work) as for 'Adventure Story'
CComic Art is cartoon-like and story is humorous or amusing
CAComic Adventure As for 'Comic', but some or all stories continue to following issue.
CFComic Feature Art is cartoon-like and humorous, but with no story or no regular characters
RFReaders' Feature Announcements to readers or content derived from readers' submissions, eg letters page