17 September 2014
30,000 Aus comics by James Zee
AusReprints has reached a landmark 30,000 Australian issues, both reprints and original work.
The comic that tipped it over the threshhold was Penny the Favourite Teenager #13 from Young's Merchandising Company. And it's an unexpected comic worth highlighting.Read more
5 April 2014
Twice Approved by James Zee
I've been puzzled by the publisher of the rare Australian series Little Trimmer Comic, but I've not seen a copy until recently.
It's one of those situations where I've wondered if respected Australian comics' historian John Ryan 'got it wrong'.Read more
16 March 2014
Does it exist? Pt 1 by James Zee
There are a few Australian comics that collectors look for that, most likely, were never published.
One well-documented case is The Phantom (Frew, 1948 series) #330 from 1966. The artwork was irretrievably damaged prior to printing and the following issue (#331) was brought forward to fill the gap. However, due to an oversight, the issue numbering was not updated, leaving a gap (although there was no break in publication).Read more
9 March 2014
Possible AusOriginal by James Zee
Despite Mick Stone's disclaimer of "likely omissions", it's rare to find a comic by Australian creators missing from his checklist of Australian comics.
One possible addition to the index is , a mystery one-shot comic without creator credits. The title story, which takes up the entire issue, is not reprinted from a typical US source.Read more
26 February 2014
Dating OPC by James Zee
Most Australian comics from the Second World War are undated one-shots, making it challenging to know exactly when they were published. Sometimes it isn't even possible to be sure of the year of publication.
Comics from the Offset Printing Company (OPC) are a classic example. Most suggestions for dates seem to resort to a generic year in the early to mid 1940s.Read more
11 February 2014
Renovation Time by James Zee
AusReprints turned ten last year and it's time for an overhaul.
I'm receiving increasing reports of site errors. I appreciate it, since I frequently use the database off-line and don't see problems on the site. Most errors can be quickly fixed, but the real problem is that AusReprints has much the same technology as it did a decade ago.Read more
27 April 2013
H. John Edwards by James Zee
While many Australian publishers disguised the international origins of their comics, H. John Edwards reprints were branded with the logos of US companies such as Fiction House, Standard and MLJ Magazines (Archie).
He also published a large line of original Australian comics with art by some of this country's most accomplished artists, including Larry Horak, John Dixon and Jeff Wilkinson.Read more
15 October 2012
Australian DC reprints by James Zee
KG Murray (and later Federal) published DC comics in Australia, didn't they?
Well yes... mostly. I've just struck a DC series published by another Australian company, which reminds me that some DC series ended up in the hands of other Australian publishers.Read more
13 October 2012
Jesús Blasco in Valentine by James Zee
There's a stunning scene of Sydney Harbour in a mid-1960 British comic: 'Don't Ever Leave Me', Valentine Picture Story Library (Fleetway, 1960 series) #4.
Particularly interesting is the empty peninsula where the Opera House is now, with Farm Cove beyond. The former Fort Macquarie Tram Depot was demolished in 1958 and work began on the Opera House March 1959. The crane in the drawing would be working on the project's fist stage.Read more
4 October 2012
Puzzling censorship by James Zee
Here's a puzzle about an unedited "sexy" Australian reprint at a time when the contempory US printing was edited—presumably to comply with the Comics Code Authority.
The story in question is "My Rebellious Heart" from Teenage Love #29 (Barmor Publications), which probably dates from 1954. As with many Australian comics this issue is undated, but some recently auctioned Harvey file copies of earlier issues have dates stamped on the cover.Read more