Launched in February 1985, it was basically an extended compilation of US newspaper strips with no other editorial material. These were almost all of a humorous ilk with the exception of (for me) the main attraction: vintage FLASH GORDON (Sunday?) strips printed as a four-page centre-spread pull-out.
I'd long since lost the issues I'd bought at the time and I'd started to think that I'd imagined the whole thing. Then I found this copy of the first issue - with the free gift still intact - at a London comic book store.
One weird thing is that although it's competently assembled, there's no hint of any publisher information. It does - very much - remind me the of the (long-defunct) comics section that was included with copies of the MAIL ON SUNDAY when it started and I wonder whether this was an unofficial spin-off, packaged by whoever produced the Sunday insert. Does anyone have any ideas?
This appeared weekly for a while and I know I got a few more issues simply for the centre-spread strip. I guess I either got bored - or Splat was cancelled suddenly - as I didn't stick around for long.
The title was a popular one in the mid-eighties apparently. Prior to this appearing, Marvel UK had announced (in the pages of SPIDER-MAN) plans for a new comic which would have been headlined by GREMLINS (the only confirmed strip). That never appeared and I have no idea whether this was a coincidence or whether the mysterious publisher of THIS Splat was trying to piggyback any industry marketing M-UK had already conducted. There was also a Thames TV children's magazine programme, the decidedly less long-lived successor to MAGPIE, airing as part of the CITV afternoon block around the same time. Again, maybe both publishers thought they could make the most of the association.