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AusReprints documents Australian comics, focusing on the neglected reprints from the 1940s to the 1980s.
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Yaffa: New cover, but a reprint
Without a list of contents, it is impossible to pick a new Yaffa reprint from a reprint of previously used material.16 Nov 2016
Yaffa: Cover reused, but not a reprint
Evidence that you can't judge a book by its cover, especially if it is from Yaffa.16 Nov 2016
Tracking down Gredown?
There's a growing collector's market for Gredown. Here are all the issues we now know exist.14 Nov 2016
Unusual cover sources Pt 2
An illustration from a US woman's magazine of the 50s or 60s is used on this cover.13 Nov 2016
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Thorpe & Porter Australian variants
To paint a broad picture of Australian comics history, AusReprints includes many comics published in the UK for Australians. One company in particular printed some separate editions with Australian pricing and advertising on the covers: the publishers of Classics Illustrated (distributed by Ayers & James) in 1950s and 1960s, and Tarzan and Korak comics in the 1970s.
The company is generally known as Thorpe & Porter or Top Sellers (common names on the comics), but it includes a cluster of publishers that ultimately became part of Time-Warner, the modern owner of DC Comics.
Trade names in this group include Arnold Book Co.; BrownWatson; General Book Distributors; Hermitage Publications; Jenson Book Co.; Portman Distribution; Strato Publications Ltd.; Thorpe & Porter (Sales) Ltd.; Thorpe & Porter, Ltd.; Top Sellers Ltd.; and Williams Publishing and Distributing Co. Ltd. Some started as separate companies, while others are imprints established to differentiate product lines. Portman Distribution is reported to have been sold to Gold Star.Read more