10 August 2009

Johnny Galaxy and the Space Patrol by James Zee

Johnny Galaxy and the Space Patrol

Johnny Galaxy and the Space Patrol was among the earliest work from Spanish agency Selecciones Ilustradas (SI) to be printed by KG Murray.

The feature was first published in Australia in its own title (1967-1968) composed almost entirely of Johnny Galaxy stories. When that series ended with four issues, the feature moved to Climax Adventure Comic (1968–1973) and finally Super Giant (1973), anthologies that hosted work from a wide array of sources.

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1 August 2009

Ringo, Big River Lawman by James Zee

Ringo, Big River Lawman

With a feast of four Ringo stories filling the issue cover-to-cover, Murray launched its long-running, 42-issue series .

The first handful of Ringo issues continued the feature-length approach, which was uncommon for KG Murray at the time. Most of its comics were anthologies and the Ringo series soon reverted to a single feature story as well, backed up by reprints of other western stories from diverse sources.

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1 August 2009

Geminis by James Zee


The Australian run of Geminis began mid-1975 in Climax Adventure Comic, before transferring to Super Giant Album for the concluding episodes.

Composed of eight episodes of 20 pages each, Geminis is an espionage story set during the first world war, from July 1914.

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1 November 2008

Moira Bertram: Queen of the Comics by Kevin Patrick

Moira Bertram: Queen of the Comics

Back in late 2003, a copy of an old Australian comic dating from the mid-1940s sold for nearly AU$350 on eBay Australia.

There's nothing unusual about this in itself – the last five years or so have seen dozens of vintage Australian comics being auctioned online for similar amounts.

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20 December 2007

Hart Amos—A 1977 profile by John Ryan

Hart Amos—A 1977 profile

Despite his long association with the K.G. Murray Publishing Company, very little is known about the late Hart Amos (2/12/1916 – 8/6/2000), a talented and prolific artist who produced countless covers for Murray's range of American reprint comics.

However, as the following 1977 profile written by Australian comics' historian John Ryan demonstrates, this was just one aspect of Amos' lengthy and diverse career.

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1 July 2007

Don Richardson—Comic Book Maker by Kevin Patrick

Don Richardson—Comic Book Maker

If the name Don Richardson sounds unfamiliar to you, don't worry—you won't find his name appearing on any of the comic books in your collection.

I'd never heard of Don either, until I received an email from him, quite out of the blue, on 11 January 2004.

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24 April 2006

Peter Fatches—The Mistaken Ambulance Mystery by Kevin Patrick

Peter Fatches—The Mistaken Ambulance Mystery

One of the pleasures of flicking through old Australian comics is that you never know what you'll find.

This was certainly the case when I picked up a secondhand copy of Super Giant Album 23, which was originally published by the KG Murray Publishing Company (Sydney).

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24 April 2006

Richard Rae—KG Murray Cover Artist by Kevin Patrick

Richard Rae—KG Murray Cover Artist

If you've been charting the fortunes of Australian-made comics for the last 25 years or so, then chances are you've come across the name Richard Rae.

You might have been one of the first Aussie comic fans of the early 1980s who picked up one of the many comic books which Richard wrote and published during 1980-1983, such as Star Heroes, The Greatest Super Hero and Fantastic Australian Heroes.

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1 March 2003

Murray Comics—A Brief History by Kevin Patrick

Murray Comics—A Brief History

Australian reprints of American comic books published between 1950s-1980s have become popular items with modern-day collectors.

During this period, the K. G. Murray Company (KGM) dominated Australian comics publishing, yet comic books were just one part of this phenomenally successful publishing enterprise.

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