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Hopalong Cassidy (Vee, 1948 series) #7, 1948?


1/05/2013: AusReprints is ten! The first static web pages went live late April 2003, before the site was converted to a database in December 2003.

28/04/2013: H. John Edwards/Action Comics publications have now been grouped, with a brief historical introduction.

20/07/2011: Some secrets of Ayers & James uncovered. What does it have to do with Magazine Management and other publishers?

9/04/2011: Atlas Publications promoted to the main menu, with the majority of its comics output now listed.

14/10/2010: Larry Cleland, Australia's Fawcett partner, now has its own menu item.

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Introducing Larry Cleland

In 1946, during the post-war boom in Australian comics, the Vee Publishing Co. entered the market with an extensive programme of US Fawcett reprints. This company became Larry Cleland Pty. Ltd around 1949/50, although Stanley Larry Cleland had been associated with the company since its foundation.

Cleland has no publishing record prior to Vee Publishing, and it is unknown how he secured the rights to Fawcett's material. However, the company quickly expanded its range of black and white reprint editions to include a dozen or more humour, super hero and western comics.

While the first few issues included a "Vee Publishing" logo, the Fawcett name and branding dominated, with styling and trade dress similar to the US originals. Early editions even report Fawcett's senior editorial staff (Executive Editor Will Lieberson, Editor V.A. Provisiero) on the inner front cover.

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