Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Navy Action Library #2

Yaffa's War in the Navy #2 was reprinted as Navy Action Library #2:

The Unknown Warriors in triplicate, Chatto style

I recently mentioned in passing that Yaffa's War at Sea #1 was later reprinted by Yaffa as Navy Battle Library #2:



Published in between these two issues was yet another reprint of "The Unknown Warriors":


Navy Warfare #3 also features a Chatto cover. No doubt the swipe source will be identified in good time.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Two Chatto covers for War in the Navy

Here's a couple of cover scans of the first two issues in Yaffa's War in the Navy series:



This is a digest-sized series, and both covers are illustrated by Keith Chatto.

The third issue in the series is a reprint of the first issue with a new Chatto cover. A cover scan and information is available on AusReprints.net.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

All Love Romantic Stories #'s 6, 17 and 26

And speaking of issues dropping into the Junkyard, here's three issues of All Love Romantic Stories which have come my way over the last few weeks:

All Love Romantic Stories #6

All Love Romantic Stories #17

All Love Romantic Stories #26

I wasn't chasing these with any great intent but they were within reach whilst I was hunting the main game, so figured I'd snag them. It's not like they turn up when you're looking for them, so may as well claim them when they do come up for air.

Marvel Team-up #9: Bonus date stamp bonus!

Hot on the heels of my date-stamped copy of the Yaffa edition of The Invincible Iron Man #9 comes this copy of Marvel Team-Up #9:


This copy is also date-stamped June 1982.

So now my gallery of Yaffa's Marvel Team-Up is incomplete, as is my collection - I must have #8! - but I gotta say I love discovering 'new' Australian reprint comics.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Invincible Iron Man #9: Date stamp bonus!

Nice to have this copy of The Invincible Iron Man #9 rock into the Junkyard over the weekend:


Nice of it to also come complete with a June 1982 date stamp on the rear cover. Being a 'tall' digest with a $0.70 cover price and no Australian indicia date I figured it was an early/mid-1982 issue, but pleasing to have it confirmed nonetheless.

This issue could have been on the shelves in March 1982, but I tend to favour a later date of April. As often mentioned in these parts, newsagency markings on the Yaffa's suggest a 2 or 3 month shelf life, but the fact that this was the last issue in the series - I don't know of, say, a #10 reprinting the first issue - suggests to me it was more likely published quite late in the piece in this phase of Yaffa's Marvel reprints.

And I don't have a copy of The Invincible Iron Man #8 to check - nor do I recall ever spotting one - but I'm betting that it is also a 'tall' digest. And the date - should it come to light - will be no earlier than September 1981, and not later than February 1982. So let's say November 1981. Just calling it now.  

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dating the Federal DC's: The logo story

Federal Comics used five distinct logos on their DC reprints between 1983-86:

Murray the Cat/Federal logo
March-June 1983
A transitional logo amending the pre-existing Murray the Cat design.
Many issues were actually cover-dated March-April or April-May 1983

Federal Comics FC (red and blue) logo
July 1983-January 1984
The first fully-fledged Federal Comics logo

Federal Comics FC (black and white) logo
January-March 1984
A distinct short-lived variation on the FC logo

Australian Edition DC logo
March 1984-June 1985
DC replaces FC in the circle, and Australian Edition replaces Federal Comics in the outer ring

DC bullet
July 1985-March 1986
Australian Edition tagged alongside the standard DC logo

Clearly the logo story outlined here begins earlier, not just with the Murray variations but with Planet Comics and the Colour Comics Pty. Ltd. branding, but for the moment we are just concerned with the Federal Comics period.

With most of these changes there is a transitional month in which both logos appear. I've noted above the ones which cross over in my data - January 1984 and March 1984 -  but I wouldn't be surprised to find crossover instances in June-July 1983 and June-July 1985.

The DC bullet logo appears in random colours - blue, red and black being the most common, but I've seen a pink one, and there may be other others. I doubt there's an underlying pattern to them.

The above images are placeholder samples pending clear high-resolutions samples of each without the masthead intruding.

Obviously the Federal Marvel editions have a different logo story.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Dating the Federal DC's: Funtastic Toy Offer, 1986 Calendar Poster and A View to a Kill

Dating the Federal Comics DC editions from December 1985 is quite straight forward - the rear cover carries the Funtastic Toy Offer advertisement, and most issues will also feature one or both of the following ads on the inner covers:

 1986 Calendar Poster offer

A View to a Kill ad

But really, all you need to date these issues is the Funtastic Toy Offer ad on the rear cover.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Dating the Federal DC's: Real Life Romance Comics

The following three Federal Comics house ads appeared in romance comics between 1983-84:

 Real Life Romance Comics [1]

Real Life Romance Comics [2]

Every Kiss...Real Life

Real Life Romance Comics [1] and [2] also appeared in a few super hero comics, typically headlining female super heroes such as Supergirl and Wonder Woman, and at least one New Teen Titans issue.

There are probably other romance comics house ads. I haven't reviewed my romance comics collection in this regard - these samples are from one-off titles such as Romance Time, Destination Paradise, Follow Your Heart, Last Kiss and Gift of Love. 

I expect a review of such ads in romance comics may provide some guidance to the publication dates of those titles, but it may depend on how many such varieties there are - the more the better.

At this stage I'm not sure how reliable they are as a guide to dating the super hero titles they appear in. There is some degree of genre cross-promotion in the first year of Federal Comics - there are a few instances of super hero titles pairing a Superman or Batman ad with a romance or western ad on an inner cover. But I don't have enough samples and data at the moment to confidently assess whether such pairings were across the board on all titles for a given month, or selectively weighted towards series such as Supergirl and Wonder Woman.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Dating the Federal DC's: Murray the Cat Fan Club

In my overview of the Federal Marvel advertisements I began with the Professor Teddy Woods ad which appeared on issues dated up to August 1984.

Of course Federal's DC reprints had been up and running for well over a year earlier, and they begin with this advertisement on the rear cover:

Murray the Cat Fan Club
April 1983-November 1983

Federal Comics DC issues with this advertisement on the rear cover will date between April-November 1983 - possibly also December 1983, which I will cover in a separate entry.

This advertisement crosses over two different Federal imprint logos - the Murray the Cat/Federal transitional logo and the red FC logo. I will also cover the logos in a separate entry.

After the Professor Teddy Woods ad took over rear cover duties the following ad could be found on inner covers of Federal Comics DC issues:


It is identical to the blue ad and it appeared in issues dated up to May 1984, by which time the black DC Australian Edition logo was in play.