AusReprints documents Australian comics, focusing on the neglected reprints from the 1940s to the 1980s.
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Emile Mercier during the war
Dags & Co looks like a newspaper strip and was clearly created mid WWII. But what newspaper published it first?22 Jul 2017
What else was Keith Chatto doing?
Prolific Australian comic and cover artist Keith Chatto drew many covers for Page's pocket-size puzzle books in the 1970s. Here's a few.11 Apr 2017
Yaffa's DC Thomson reprints
From 1979, DC Thomson reprinted some multi-part weekly serials in Red Dagger. Yaffa published many of the war stories as one-shots.10 Apr 2017
22,000 Australian covers
This cover, likely by prolific Horwitz regular Maurice Bramley, marks 20,000 Australian covers in the database.5 Apr 2017
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1949 political propaganda The Road Back
Thanks to a generous contributor, AusReprints has a full scan of The Road Back—political propaganda in comic form. The comic is undated, but released ahead of the 10 December 1949 Australian federal election when Labor lost power to a new Liberal Menzies government. It's clearly original work, but it isn't in the common lists of Australian comics and there are no credits in the issue.
John Ryan in Panel by Panel (p. 141) provides some information, but the way he describes the comics' origins is probably misleading. He reports:
"The Federal election of 1949 saw the major parties using comics as part of their campaigns for the first time. With a photograph of Prime Minister Ben Chifley on the cover, the Labor Party’s eight-page coloured comic was titled The Way Ahead and presented the case that under Labor life would be ideal and no one would ever have to fear another Depression. The Liberal-Country Party groups published two titles, The Road Ahead and The Road Back. The latter title contained 16 coloured pages and took the theme of a country shackled by controls and being bled white by taxation.