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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Listing NSW publishers Obscene and Indecent Publications Act
Censorship laws created a list of comic publishers in NSW between 1955 (when the Government substantially amended the Obscene and Indecent Publications Act) and the start of the 1970s (when the law was again reshaped).
The early 1950s saw restrictions on popular literature, driven by a mix of moral panic, international trends, cultural protectionism and vested corporate interests. At the opening of NSW Parliament in August 1954, the Governor told the legislators that “present legislation relating to the control of obscene and indecent publications is considered…inadequate and a measure to enable publications of this nature to be dealt with more effectively will be submitted to you.”
The amended law ironically came into force on April Fools' Day 1955. Its focus was a new registration requirement that led companies, especially Gordon and Gotch, to self-censor to avoid material that could lead to deregistration. It also provided companies with an incentive to have multiple subsidiary entities for different publications so that a censorship problem with one publication did not risk the group's entire output.Read more