My copy of Love Experiences #1 above has a $0.15 price sticker over the original price. The original price may be anything up to $0.30, but I'm betting Love Experiences #1 was published earlier than Beautiful Love Stories #1 simply based on the cover art, specifically because of the expressions on the faces of Chatto's characters. On the Love Experiences #1 cover, it's quite possible our happy couple are about to experience coitus for the first time. The couple on the cover of Beautiful Love Stories #1 have definitely done it before. This trajectory is par for the course for Chatto's romance covers for Yaffa/Page.
I think Love So Blind originally appeared in MV Features' Dream A Romance Picture Story #16, but as you can see via the link, the GCD entry has scan information, not even a cover image. Since the cover art for Love Experiences #1 does not appear to be based on interior art for Love So Blind, I'm going to assume for the moment that it is based on Dream #16. This, and the original cover price for Love Experiences #1 will be revealed in due course.
In another emerging pattern, it appears that the first printing of a story may be identified not only by the fact that the cover is based on the source material, but that the story title is written on the cover, whilst later recyclings omit the story title under new covers and titles. Too early to pronounce it as a fact, but as I say, another possible pattern to be alert to.
Falling in Love Romances #70, published by K.G. Murray c.1972, features a cover illustrated by Jay Scott Pike - with some crude art extension and cropping on the left hand portion of the image - and the story Sister, Don't Steal My Man, which originally appeared in Young Romance #183, June 1972:
If these two editions take your fancy but don't quite fill you to the brimful with that lovin' feeling, maybe this fabric will cause your cup to runneth over:
In the early 1980's Murray Comics dipped a tentative toe into the digest-sized comic market. Various genres were represented, such as romance comics, westerns and horror comics.
I have copies of the following war digests:
Fightin' Army NN
Fightin' Marines NN
Nightmare Mission NN
Like the non-war samples above, these issues are distinguished by the fact that the rear cover is a reproduction of the front cover, which was not typical of Murray. Of course, Murray had previously published digest-sized series, notably a long run of romance comics and, in the mid-1960's, Superman Super Library, but these cross-genre samples from the early 1980's form a particular subset of Murray digests. The timing and price point broadly coincides with the Yaffa digest-sized comics, which may have triggered this program.
I don't have enough information or samples at the moment to assert or conclude too much, but it appears to me this subset was published over a relatively short time span - maybe a 12-18-month period between late 1981 and end of 1982.
The romance editions incorporated the Murray Romance Library logo. I think of this subset collectively as the Murray Library series, so the westerns form the Murray Western Library, the war issues become the Murray War Library, etc. I don't recall seeing a science fiction issue, but I wouldn't be surprised to see some pop up.
I say they broadly coincide with the Yaffa digests in timing and price point because, if my timing is accurate, the Murray issues appeared with a $0.60 cover price just as the Yaffas changed to $0.70, and persevered as the Yaffas inflate to $0.75, so the dating is subject to review.
Anyway, this is just my musing on these issues until more information and samples come to hand.
Update: The cover of Nightmare Mission was originally published as the cover to Charlton's Fightin' Army #124, May 1976.
Giant Batman Album #8 reprints the cover and main feature contents of the 80 Page Giant, whilst adding a couple of fillers which are different to the ones included in the US edition.
One of the features reprinted in the local edition is [Rustling on a Reservation], a Complete Sunday Newspaper Syndicated Story, as advertised prominently in both printings.
However, the US edition contains the following single page feature, also a syndicated strip:
It's a shame this wasn't included in the local edition. The art is already in black and white, and assuming the blue background was printed in black, it would have made a stark and bold impact. And I'm not sure whether this piece was reprinted in any other subsequent K.G. Murray comic.
I give Cleland credit for taking advantage creatively of the landscape format of their issue in contrast to the portrait format of the source material - the horizontal bridge for the vertical statue is an aesthetic decision, not just a patriotic turn.
I also give Cleland credit for adapting the interior art: