Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Secret Service Picture Library #4: The Verdict

Secret Service Picture Library #4 is a Page Publications edition of MV Features' Secret Service Picture Library #22:

The Page Publications edition features a Keith Chatto cover. It is not based on interior art. I'm betting there's an earlier issue in this series with a Chatto cover swiped from the UK cover above - that's my verdict! TBC.

Love the vintage headphones and the reel to reel tape player on the Chatto cover. And the balding bureaucrat with the red tie. Wonder whose side he's on...?

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Gunfighter Library #1 and Gunshot Western Library #26

Gunfighter Library #1 has a proxy cover date of November 1970, and was recycled by Page Publications a couple of years later as Gunshot Western Library #26:

Naturally both covers are by Keith Chatto. And naturally I expect there is yet another reprint of this issue by Yaffa to be unearthed. You get the drill by now...

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Maverick Western Library #5 is a third iteration of a Page Publications issue previously issued as 
Gunfighter Library #3:

and Gunman's Western #1:

All three issues feature Keith Chatto cover art.

There is probably another reprint of this issue. The contents are indexed on AusReprints - see the links above.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Combat Kelly and the Dirty Dozen: The regular and the digest

Yaffa's Combat Kelly and the Deadly Dozen #1 is a regular-size edition with a $1.10 cover price and was published c. May 1982:

It was recycled as a digest-sized $0.75 unnumbered edition some time afterwards:

Neither issue has a Yaffa indicia date, but that is not unexpected at this stage of the Yaffa licence. The digest issue could have been published at any time between mid-1982 and early 1984.

What is surprising is that the $1.10 edition is numbered #1. Typically at this stage the regular-size Yaffa editions were recycled reprints of earlier issues in an ongoing series, and either unnumbered, or numbered after preceding digest-size instalments of the ongoing series concerned, and effectively earmarking the end of said ongoing series. This issue presents itself as the first issue of a new series in 1982. Whilst this is not unprecedented by Yaffa, it is quite contrary to the norm.

Which says to me that I should expect to find an earlier Combat Kelly and the Deadly Dozen #1, probably with a  $0.60 cover price, issued around 1978 or so. TBC.

Anyone for a 'Blazing Six-Gun Western Illustrated Stories Library' issue? Bring it on...!

Six-Gun Western Library #1 is a digest-sized Western comic published by Page Publications c. November 1971 with a Keith Chatto cover.

It was reprinted in the following three editions with new Chatto covers:

 Six-Gun Western Library #4

 Blazing Western Stories #4

Western Illustrated Stories #6

The contents have been indexed on AusReprints.

I've posted a little about two of these issues before but figured I'd consolidate the new information which has come to hand in the one post. I'm getting to the point where I have to keep updating old posts with links to new posts. And I guess there will be a subsequent post about a further reprint of this issue in the not-too-distant future... Maybe a suffix for a consolidated Blazing Six-Gun Western Illustrated Stories Library 'title'... sigh...

Kinda interesting looking back at what I didn't know about these comics even a relatively short time ago. And so much yet to unearth in terms of titles, series runs, publication dates... Bring it on!

Another triplicate of Yaffa Westerns: Gunsmoke Western Picture Library #6; Outlaw Adventures #1; and Outlaw Adventures #NN

Page Publications' Gunsmoke Western Picture Library #6 has a Keith Chatto cover and a proxy cover date - an advertiser's date code on the rear cover - June 1973:

It was reprinted under a new Chatto cover as Outlaw Adventures #1:

Later still, it was reprinted -, with, of course, another Chatto cover - in this issue of Outlaw Adventures:

This is the only Western digest issue by Page Publications of this era I have come across so far which is unnumbered.

Friday, March 2, 2018

The Summer House: Nightmare Suspense Library #'s 3 and 6

The Summer House originally appeared in MV Features' Nightmare Suspense #12:

It was published at least twice by Page Publications, in the following issues:

 Nightmare Suspense Library #3

Nightmare Suspense Library #6

I love these covers by Keith Chatto. As much as I like his covers for Yaffa Westerns and Romances and Mystery and Spy comics, it's the lurid, bloody, sexy Horror covers I like most, and these are excellent samples.

Neither of these two covers are legitimate swipes of the UK original. They do each feature ghoulish, monstrous claws attacking the hapless victim, which is at best a loose interpretation of the original, but neither feature the hand as palimpsest. This leads me to suspect that there is a genuine swipe by Chatto for an earlier printing of The Summer House - possibly for Nightmare Suspense Library #1. TBC.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Gunfighter Library #10: The third instalment so far...

Gunfighter Library #10 is a further reprint of Gunfighter Library #7, and Western Illustrated Stories #9, with a new Keith Chatto cover. I figured there'd be another reprint of this issue, but I didn't know it would be a $0.65 cover price issue. Maybe there is yet another that will turn up.

In my previous post over a year ago I made reference to dates, based on AusReprints data. The information appears to have been updated in the interim. At the time I said Gunfighter Library #7 was from 1972/73, and Western Illustrated Stories from 1974. I still need more information to get a firm line on cover prices and dates from this period.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Mighty Comic #46: The duty and the privilege

Ten years ago I was still some 40 issues short of completing my run of K.G. Murray's Mighty Comic when this copy of Mighty #46 fell into my lap:

As you can see, it is hardly a slab-worthy specimen - the cover is missing, it's been coloured in by pen on a few pages, and it lacks the modesty and decency of a choice Mammoth Annual or Gigantic Annual cover draped around its privacy.

But I've been very fond of this copy. Quite apart from fulfilling its duty by ticking a box on my must-have-before-I-die list, I've had a rather emotional attachment to it due to its provenance. It was given to me by a friend who had owned it since childhood, and who was in the process of divesting himself of beloved comics due to unfortunate personal circumstances. 

Nevertheless, I have been keenly seeking a complete copy ever since. I've come close a few times - the most recent was about a year ago when I was advised that a copy was being put aside for me, but for various reasons that did not eventuate.

So you may appreciate my deep pleasure in finally securing this marvellous specimen for my collection:

If you're reading this I'm sure I don't have to tell you how significant this cover is in the history of the DCU, just as I'm sure I don't have to tell you that it ranks highly amongst us KGManiacs, for whom the phrase 'parallel universe' means just a little bit more when it involves such key covers on KGM's.

My usual practice is to pass along my old copies of comics after an upgrade - it's quite a longstanding tradition now, a reciprocal arrangement amongst a small coterie of fellow collectors. But I won't this time around. I feel the rather sentimental duty of a custodian to keep the old copy in situ  - and, if and when my friend is ready and able to reclaim it, my duty will be complete.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Frizzin' sex objects: Falling in Love #76

Ya got love cheesy romance covers...! Check out the cover to K.G. Murray's Falling in Love #76:

This cover is adapted somewhat from the original, which appeared on DC's Young Love #106:

I'm not sure whether it was intentional or not, but notice that Sue's hot pants have morphed into a skirt on the Australian edition. My guess is it's an 'honest' colouring error rather than an exercise in prudery. Nevertheless, it does undermine the narrative thrust, so to speak.

The other point of interest is that the cover to Young Love #106 includes an inset reference to another story, apparently titled My Romance Was Ruined By Frizz. If that's not wacko enough for you, get this - the story is actually titled Imprisoned By Frizz, and also appears in Falling in Love #76:

I would have happily accepted an adapted splash page and caption to this story as an alternative cover to this issue.