AusReprints documents Australian comics, focusing on the neglected reprints from the 1940s to the 1980s.

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Unedited in Australia

Freas unchanged painting was used by Yaffa, rather than the version used by Marvel and Newton, amended by Romita.

22 Jan 2017

Unusual cover reprints part 2

There is a cluster of Gredown covers later printed in the Bosnian 'Marvel Strip'—as well as two Murray covers!

20 Jan 2017

Unusual cover reprints part 1

The source is still unknown, but there's an interesting reworked reprint from Norway

20 Jan 2017

Unusual cover sources part 5

An image signed Rolando Del Roto has been sold as art by Rafael Cortiella, originally published by Norma

20 Jan 2017

Thorpe & Porter Australian variants

Thorpe & Porter

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.

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