British comics as the name suggests are comics that originate from Britain. British comics are usually [[AnthologyComic Anthology Comics]] and often have annuals printed once a year in time for Christmas (or at least they used to), likewise summer specials printed in time for the summer holidays. British comics evolved out of [[DimeNovel story papers]] with a number of story papers switching to comics. The earliest British comics, such as ''ComicCuts'', began in [[TheGayNineties the 1890s]] and these slowly evolved into the modern anthology comic which in the early days would feature humourous, adventurous and text stories the latter owing to their [[DimeNovel story paper]] roots. The oldest British Comic which survives to this day is ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' which began in 1938. ''ComicBook/TheDandy'', from the same publisher, had previously held the record for longest runner, having launched eight months earlier, but it closed in December 2012.

There are four main genres of British comics. It should be noted that as many British Comics are anthologies different strips in a comic maybe from a different genre but since the 1970s nearly all British Comics are solely one genre.

One of the main genres are BritishHumourComics the most popular comics of this genre are often considered to be ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' and ''ComicBook/TheDandy''. There used to be many more, but sales decreased over the years and many of them [[ComicsMerger merged]] or became defunct around TheNineties: some of the most popular characters from these discontinued comics have migrated to ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' or ''TheDandy''. Both of these comics have existed since the late 1930s. This genre often relies more on tropes common in cartoons. This Humour Comic genre is probably the most popular genre. As of 2014, only ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' is left standing, ''ComicBook/TheDandy'' having closed down the year before.

There are also adventure comics which are quite different to their American equivalents that instead of focusing on [[SuperHero Super Heroes]] they use a lot of war, sci-fi or football stories. Good examples of this genre would be ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' and ''ComicBook/{{Commando}}''.

The girls' equivalent of this would often feature sports or ballet themed stories,and school settings, although they would often include an element of fantasy or science fiction. Typical examples would be ''ComicBook/{{Girl}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Bunty}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Mandy}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Tammy}}'', and ''ComicBook/{{Princess Tina}}''. In the 1970's genre aspects became more explicit with the appearance of overtly themed titles such as ''ComicBook/{{Misty}}'' (supernatural), ''ComicBook/{{Jinty}}'' (SF), and ''ComicBook/{{Spellbound}}'' (fantasy and SF). In the 1980's as newsstand comics declined, girls' titles merged, with surviving titles morphing into teen magazines, dropping comic strips as they did so.

There are also comics aimed at the very young children most of these comics are now based off licensed properties but back in the 70s and earlier this genre did not rely on them. An example of this genre would be the now seemingly oddly titled ''{{Bimbo}}''.

!!Notable British comics:
* ''[[ComicBook/TwoThousandAD 2000 AD]]''
* ''ComicBook/{{Action}}''
* ''ComicBook/BazookaJules''
* ''ComicBook/TheBeano''
* ''ComicBook/TheBeezer''
* ''ComicBook/{{Bunty}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Buster}}''
* ''ComicBook/CaptainBritain''
* ''ComicBook/CindyAndBiscuit''
* ''ComicBook/{{Commando}}''
* ''ComicBook/TheDandy''
* ''ComicBook/BBCBooksDoctorWhoGraphicNovels''
* ''ComicBook/{{Eagle}}''
* ''ComicBook/FatherChristmas''
* ''ComicBook/FromHell''
* ''ComicBook/{{Girl}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Grandville}}''
* ''ComicBook/HarlemHeroes''
* ''ComicBook/InspectorSpacetime''
* ''ComicBook/ItCame''
* ''ComicBook/{{Jinty}}''
* ''ComicBook/LutherArkwright''
** ''The Adventures of Luther Arkwright''
** ''Heart of Empire''
* ''ComicBook/TheMan''
* ''ComicBook/{{Mandy}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Misty}}''
* ''ComicBook/MyLittlePony''
* ''ComicBook/{{Oink}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Psylocke}}''
* ''ComicBook/RequiemVampireKnight''
* ''ComicBook/TheSnowman''
* ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic''
* ''ComicBook/TheTaleOfOneBadRat''
* ''ComicBook/{{Tammy}}''
* ''ComicBook/TankGirl''
* ''ComicBook/TheTopper''
* ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}''
* ''ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows''
* ''ComicBook/WhizzerAndChips''

!!Notable Comic strips from British Comics:

* ''ComicBook/ABCWarriors''
* ''ComicBook/{{Atavar}}''
* ''ComicBook/TheBalladOfHaloJones''
* ''ComicStrip/{{Bananaman}}''
* ''ComicStrip/BillyBunter''
* ''ComicBook/TheBojeffriesSaga''
* ''ComicStrip/DanDare''
* ''ComicBook/DeathsHead''
* ''ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK''
* ''ComicBook/DroidLife''
* ''ComicBook/DRAndQuinch''
* ''ComicBook/LobsterRandom''
* ''ComicBook/JackStaff''
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd''
** ''ComicBook/AndersonPsiDivision''
** ''Comicbook/LowLife''
** ''ComicBook/TheSimpingDetective''
** ''ComicBook/TalesFromTheBlackMuseum''
* ''ComicBook/{{Miracleman}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Necronauts}}''
* ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock''
* ''ComicBook/NikolaiDante''
* ''ComicBook/RogueTrooper''
* ''ComicBook/{{Savage}}''
* ''ComicStrip/SidTheSexist''
* ''ComicBook/SinisterDexter''
* ''ComicBook/{{Slaine}}''
* ''ComicBook/TheSpider''
* ''Comicbook/StrontiumDog''
* ''ComicBook/TheTenSeconders''
* ''ComicBook/TheTriganEmpire''
* ''ComicBook/VForVendetta''
* ''Comicbook/{{Zenith}}''

!!Notable British newspaper comic strips

* ''ComicStrip/AndyCapp''
* ''ComicStrip/TheBroons''
* ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise''
* ''ComicStrip/RupertBear''

!!British Comics publishers

* ''Creator/DCThomson''

!!The following creators are notable enough to have articles:

* Creator/DanAbnett
* Creator/RaymondBriggs
* Creator/GarthEnnis
* Creator/NeilGaiman
* ComicStrip/CarlGiles
* Creator/HarryHarrison
* Creator/MarkMillar
* Creator/PeterMilligan
* Creator/AlanMoore
* Creator/GrantMorrison
* Creator/KenReid
* Creator/BryanTalbot

!!British Comic Tropes:

* PhotoComic
* ComicsMerger
* TheChristmasAnnual