OPC

Offset Printing Company secret origins

During the Second World War, the Offset Printing Company (OPC) leveraged war-time restrictions to establish a distinctive but short-lived line of Australian comics and children's books. It was the third new company to enter the emerging Australian comic market, following NSW Bookstall Co. Pty. Limited and Ayers & James.

Typically for the period, OPC publications were mostly one-shots, although the range used an idiosyncratic, sequential alpha-numeric coding. The majority of its comics were, fittingly, part of the "C series", which ultimately became the Hurricane Comics title. Other comics were interspersed throughout A and E series.

OPC's publishing era began and ended with the 1940s. While there is some evidence of the company's existance from the early 1920s to the early 1960s, it seems OPC flourished in war conditions and failed to negotiate new challenges and competition in the post-war era.

Publisher trade names

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  Trade name Titles Issues Indexed Covers
Australia O.P.C. Distributors Pty. Ltd
1947? – 1950?
10 (No comics) 11 (1 comic) 0.0 % (0 of 11) 90.9 % (10 of 11)
Australia Offset Printing Co.
1940? – 1947?
55 (30 comics) 72 (48 comics) 0.0 % (0 of 72) 47.2 % (34 of 72)
Australia Offset Printing Coy. Pty. Ltd.
1940? – 1948?
84 (35 comics) 84 (31 comics) 4.8 % (4 of 84) 36.9 % (31 of 84)