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International sources for AusReprints

Until the 1980s, Australian access to international comics was limited due to a range of factors, including distribution monopolies, exclusive licences, geograpical isolation, cultural bias toward British publications and war-time import restrictions.

During and following the second world war, a thriving local comics industry developed, including the publication of thousands of reprint comics. At the start of the 20th century, British material had dominated the Australian market. The earliest comics were modeled on British weekly newspaper-style comics, until the US format and US sources began to dominate in the 1940s.

The earliest reprints were largely based on newspaper strips, such as Hurricane Hawk (Fitchett/Southdown), Garth (Atlas) and Buffalo Bill (Horwitz). The Yaffa Syndicate, established to distribute King Features strips such as Flash Gordon, also entered the comic book market. The longest running of these newspaper strip reprint comics is The Phantom, first published in 1939 by the the Australian Women's Mirror and still produced by Frew Publications.

Publisher trade names

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  Trade name Titles Issues Indexed Covers
United States 20th Century Comics Corp
1
(1 comic)
8
(8 comics)
87.5 %
(7 of 8)
75.0 %
(6 of 8)
United States 3-D Zone
1
(1 comic)
1
(1 comic)
100.0 %
(1 of 1)
100.0 %
(1 of 1)
United States 4Winds Publishing Group, Inc.
1989
1
(1 comic)
1
(1 comic)
100.0 %
(1 of 1)
100.0 %
(1 of 1)
United States AC Comics
1980 – 2006
17
(17 comics)
70
(70 comics)
55.7 %
(39 of 70)
44.3 %
(31 of 70)
United States Ace Books
1952? – ?
1
(1 comic)
1
(1 comic)
100.0 %
(1 of 1)
100.0 %
(1 of 1)
United States Ace Magazines
1940 – 1955
6
(6 comics)
14
(14 comics)
100.0 %
(14 of 14)
28.6 %
(4 of 14)
Portugal Aguiar & Dias, Lda
1948 – 1987
5
(5 comics)
96
(96 comics)
34.4 %
(33 of 96)
78.1 %
(75 of 96)
United Kingdom Alan Class
3
(3 comics)
7
(7 comics)
71.4 %
(5 of 7)
14.3 %
(1 of 7)
New Zealand (Aotearoa) Alan M. Murie Ltd.
1949? – 1950?
1
(1 comic)
4
(4 comics)
0.0 %
(0 of 4)
100.0 %
(4 of 4)
United Kingdom Alex White & Co. Ltd.
1967? – 1975?
1
(1 comic)
65
(65 comics)
1.5 %
(1 of 65)
9.2 %
(6 of 65)
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