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From 1982 to 1991, Radio Shack produced a series of comic books called, Whiz Kids (Cat. No. 68-2030).  Published by Archie Comics, these comic books were designed to help young students become computer literate by blending the entertainment features of a comic book with facts and useful information about computers. Whiz Kids stimulated interest in reading and motivation to learn more about computers and the challenges of the computer age.

A special packet was mailed to U.S. teachers that included a sample copy of the comic book, a promotional letter and an order form to request an initial quantity of the books for classroom distribution. The letter also advised teachers that additional copies of the comic books could be obtained, without cost, from participating Radio Shack stores and dealers in the U.S.

This was an excellent way for Radio Shack to make additional contacts with teachers and schools that could lead to sales of computers and software. Production and distribution of the comic books were coordinated by Bill Palmer, director of Radio Shack's In-House Publications.

This promotional and educational publication was a distributed as a free giveaway to students, teachers, schools, and persons interested in science topics, "Compliments of Radio Shack".  Eight issues in all are known to have been published. (All eight are shown below.)

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Also see Instruction Manual.

 
1982 Whiz Kids
Community Action Program
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1984 Whiz Kids
The Computer
Trap
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1985 Whiz Kids
The Computer That
Said No To Drugs

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1986 Whiz Kids
News By Computer
Foils Kidnappers

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1987 Whiz Kids
The Answer
To A Riddle

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1988 Whiz Kids
Fit To
Win

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1990 Whiz Kids
A Deadly
Choice

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1991 Whiz Kids
Safeguarding The
Environment

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