Spotlight previous features and announcements you might have missed

Do you know more? Zip Comics

The usual references don't mention 'The Oil Seekers' by Tony Rafty, which seems to predate his 'first' comic for NSW Bookstall.

16 Jul 2018

Who is Hottie Lahm?

Most known for iconic dog Snifter during a long career at KG Murray, Lahm created Snowy McGann to fill the 1951 Ginger Meggs gap at The Sun.

14 Jul 2018

Censorship 2: Straight Arrow #17

Was a provocative pose during poker too much for Aus editors? Or were there late changes to the original art for ‘Uproar’ in the US?

11 Jul 2018

Censorship by colour: Battle! #24

This cover lacks intensity without Stan Goldberg's colours. With a dead soldier also deleted, it seems a deliberate censorship choice.

8 Jul 2018

Who is Jeff Wilkinson?

A biography and bibliography for the early Australian artist who created long-running Australian series The Phantom Ranger and The Shadow.

1 Jul 2018

Manfred Sommer’s Frank Cappa

A rare English collection of Sommer’s famous reporter, just after its first Spanish printing—with a few stories in other Gredown one-shots.

15 May 2018

1949 Current Affairs Bulletin

A 70 year old educational view of comics’ influence in Australia provides information and balance, ahead of the 1950s panic.

15 May 2018

What else did they do? part 2: Les Such

Many Invincible Westerns covers were by Australian comic creator, Les Such (known for Buster Braddock). Watch for John L Curtis, too!

13 Mar 2018

Only Murray did DC, didn't it?

Here's a rare DC reprint 'Teen Teasers' in a Page comic, possibly sourced via Frew, the original publisher of this Charlton-based title.

10 Jan 2018

The Fast Gun tries a swifty

Despite a Maurice Bramley cover, credits removed and new 'signatures', would anyone believe he drew these Colan stories?

10 Jan 2018

Unusual cover sources 10

By usually-vibrant US pulp artist Edwin Georgi (1896-1964), this surprisingly bland image first saw print in Redbook, October 1951.

6 Nov 2017

Cover 23,000 has dual citizenship...

An issue of Classics Illustrated published in Europe for Australia and imported by Ayers and James brings AusReprints to 23,000 covers.

31 Oct 2017

Does Fastest Gun #41 exist?

This series is well documented, but it took a long time for #41 to turn up. The gap is now filled thanks to Anthony Gilles!

31 Oct 2017

Is there more love?

I've long wondered if Love 1976 was printed. Now with Love 1971 confirmed, was there also 1972 and 1973? And what of 1978?

31 Oct 2017

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

NSW Bookstall

A total of 43 comics are documented, with little information on most issues. Can you add scans or more information?

24 Sep 2017

Emile Mercier during the war

Dags & Co looks like a newspaper strip and was clearly created mid WWII. But what newspaper published it first?

22 Jul 2017

What else was Keith Chatto doing?

Prolific Australian comic and cover artist Keith Chatto drew many covers for Page's pocket-size puzzle books in the 1970s. Here's a few.

11 Apr 2017

Yaffa's DC Thomson reprints

From 1979, DC Thomson reprinted some multi-part weekly serials in Red Dagger. Yaffa published many of the war stories as one-shots.

10 Apr 2017

22,000 Australian covers

This cover, likely by prolific Horwitz regular Maurice Bramley, marks 20,000 Australian covers in the database.

5 Apr 2017

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

Unusual cover sources 8

Another Jordi Longarón painting from UK's Fleetway is reused for this KG Murray collection of US reprints.

19 Feb 2017

Unusual cover sources 7

Spanish artist Jorge Longaron's painting, used by Fleetway in the UK in 1966, turns up on this 1980s collection of Charlton reprints.

19 Feb 2017

Unusual cover sources 6

Spain's Ramón de la Fuente, the artist most known for Sunday in KG Murray's Ringo series, provides this Gredown cover.

18 Feb 2017

Unusual cover sources 5

KG Murray wrapped this collection of Charlton science fiction and super hero reprints in a cover also used in Spain and Italy.

18 Feb 2017

Bluey and Curley Up-Dated

Alex Gurney's iconic Australian reordered and re-dated, now close to correct, thanks to a few dated issues and some distinctive ads.

11 Feb 2017

Unedited in Australia

Freas unchanged painting was used by Yaffa, rather than the version used by Marvel and Newton, amended by Romita.

22 Jan 2017

Unusual cover reprints part 2

There is a cluster of Gredown covers later printed in the Bosnian 'Marvel Strip'—as well as two Murray covers!

20 Jan 2017

Unusual cover reprints part 1

The source is still unknown, but there's an interesting reworked reprint from Norway

20 Jan 2017

Unusual cover sources part 5

An image signed Rolando Del Roto has been sold as art by Rafael Cortiella, originally published by Norma

20 Jan 2017

Unusual cover sources part 4

Probably by a Spanish artist (perhaps at Norma), the earliest identified printing is in Germany with a later printing in France.

23 Dec 2016

Unusual cover sources part 3

This painted cover, uncommon for KG Murray, is by a Spanish artist and previously printed by a German publisher—more like Gredown.

21 Dec 2016

Growing Gredown appreciation

This Gredown magazine, lucky to get a buyer a few years back, recently sold for $203.50 on eBay.

19 Dec 2016

Sports Pictorial Magazine

This extremely rare KG Murry series created in Australia is corrected and updated.

19 Dec 2016

Yaffa: New cover, but a reprint

Without a list of contents, it is impossible to pick a new Yaffa reprint from a reprint of previously used material.

16 Nov 2016

Yaffa: Cover reused, but not a reprint

Evidence that you can't judge a book by its cover, especially if it is from Yaffa.

16 Nov 2016

Tracking down Gredown?

There's a growing collector's market for Gredown. Here are all the issues we now know exist.

14 Nov 2016

Unusual cover sources Pt 2

An illustration from a US woman's magazine of the 50s or 60s is used on this cover.

13 Nov 2016

Unusual cover sources Pt 1

A contemporary movie still, probably not used on any US comic, promotes this Australian reprint.

13 Nov 2016

Spanish romance from the UK

Many Murray romance comics reprint IPC/Fleetway and here's a rare identifed source from the largely undocumented Valentine.

13 Nov 2016

Our longest running title

With the recent mammoth catch up, AusReprints has Phantom covers up to this month and firm dates for many issues.

13 Nov 2016

Peter Hypnos only in Australia

Some stories were published by US Warren, others published in Spain, but there's a couple that have turned up only here.

13 Nov 2016

4000 complete indexes

The 4000th complete listing is Love and Romance Library #241 from Page Publications.

16 Oct 2016

20,000 Australian covers

The cover of Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #17-01 (Rosnock) marks 20,000 covers.

17 Dec 2015