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

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Do they exist?

The National, NSW and Monash libraries have Captain Silver Flash #3 and it's turned up for sale recently. But not #1&2. Do you have them?

21 Oct 2017

34,000 Australian comics listed

This landmark is the last Southdown collection of Boofhead strips, after News Ltd acquired the remnants of Ezra Norton's Invincible Press.

18 Oct 2017

Can you help Boofhead?

Most covers and data are missing from the reprint series of the iconic Australian newspaper strip by R.B. Clark. Who has more?

18 Oct 2017

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

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James Response: Comment on Playgirl (Man Jr, 1972 series)
Saturday, 21 October 2017 10:31 PM
James Response: Comment on El Lobo the Man from Nowhere (Apache, 1957? series) #1 (March 1957)
Saturday, 21 October 2017 10:30 PM
Snakeiis Comment on Playgirl (Man Jr, 1972 series)
Friday, 20 October 2017 3:27 AM
Guest Comment on El Lobo the Man from Nowhere (Apache, 1957? series) #1 (March 1957)
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 8:32 PM
Guest Comment on Felix's Nephews Inky and Dinky (Magman, 1957 series) #1 (June 1957)
Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:27 AM

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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Issues

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Covers

  • 22,958 (67.48%)

Full contents

  • 4,245 (12.5%)

Some contents

  • 8,646 (25.4%)

Stories/sequences

  • 82,682

Series/titles

  • 4,961

One-shots

  • 2,289 (46.1% of titles)

Publisher names

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