AusReprints documents Australian comics, focusing on the neglected reprints from the 1940s to the 1980s.
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Stan Pitt & American SF
Prolific Australian comic artist Stanley Pitt painted many pulp magazine covers. Here's a gallery of 1950s science fiction covers.4 Mar 2017
Can you add to Wags?
Information is sparse on the landmark Wags, with UK and Australian information confused. Let me know details of any issues you can access!26 Feb 2017
Which came first?
Is the striking Finnish alternative to the cover of Ringo #1 a later reworking? Or is KG Murray's print an amended, stripped down version?22 Feb 2017
Unusual cover sources 9
Spain's Jorge Sampere, who doesn't seem to have worked directly in comics, provides the cover for this Charlton reprint collection.19 Feb 2017
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Thorpe & Porter Australian variants
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.Read more