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

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May Gibbs' Bib and Bub

These Christmas books collect original Australian newspaper strips, drawn in the UK comic tradition of illustrations with rhyming text.

17 Oct 2017

NSW Bookstall

A total of 43 comics are documented, with little information on most issues. Can you add scans or more information?

24 Sep 2017

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

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Guest Comment on Felix's Nephews Inky and Dinky (Magman, 1957 series) #1 (June 1957)
Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:27 AM
Guest Comment on Felix's Nephews Inky and Dinky (Magman, 1957 series) #1 (June 1957)
Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:24 AM
Guest Comment on Green Lantern (DC, 1960 series) #56 (October 1967)
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 5:28 AM
James Response: Comment on Fitchett Brothers Ltd.
Sunday, 8 October 2017 5:06 PM
Guest Comment on Fitchett Brothers Ltd.
Wednesday, 4 October 2017 6:01 PM

Who is Terry Powis? Beyond the NSW Bookstall Comics

Who is Terry Powis?

Terry Powis is credited with nearly half of the comics published by the NSW Bookstall Company when it established its ground-breaking line of Australian comics. Yet there is virtually no information about him.

John Ryan in Panel by Panel acknowledges Powis and Will Donald as 'real pioneers of Australian comic books', before largely dismissing Powis' work:

"Powis shared Donald's ability to produce dramatic covers but if there was a gap between the promise of Donald's covers and their contents it was even more accentuated in the work of Powis. He specialized in comics with a war background…While his sombre renderings may have reflected the mood of the wartime years the effects were negated by his use of text boxes to describe actions in the panels and his minimal use of speech balloons."

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