Sunday, January 19, 2020

Daredevil: The complete Federal cover gallery

Here's a cover gallery of my complete run of Federal Comics' Daredevil:

 Daredevil #1, c.May 1984

 Daredevil #2, July 1984

 Daredevil #3, September 1984

 Daredevil #4, November 1984

 Daredevil #5, January 1985

 Daredevil #6, c.April 1985

 Daredevil #7, June 1985

 Daredevil #8, July 1985

 Daredevil #9, September 1985

 Daredevil #10, December 1985 

Daredevil #11, February 1986

The first eight issues are 68-pages in black and white. The rest are in colour - #9 is 36 pages, #'s 10 and 11 are 32-page issues.

I/m confident most of the dates are accurate as they are based on newsagency markings and the interior advertisements, and indeed many are corroborated by multiple copies with newsagency markings. However, there are a couple which may need to be corrected:
  • #1 appears to be from May 1984, which dates it as per the first issues of The Amazing Spider-Man, The incredible Hulk and The Mighty Thor;
  • #6 may be March or May 1984
As per The Amazing Spider-Man, this series ended before it reverted to 68-pages like other Federal series. Nevertheless it managed to run for one issue longer than the Yaffa Daredevil series.

Thanks to Mark Muller for contributing to my dating data.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Daredevil: The complete Yaffa cover gallery

Here's a cover gallery of my complete run of Page Publications' Daredevil:

 Daredevil #1, c.October 1977

 Daredevil #2, c.March 1978

 Daredevil #3, c.March 1978

 Daredevil #4, c.October 1979

 Daredevil #5, c.July 1980

Daredevil #6, c.September 1980

 Daredevil #7, c.November 1980

Daredevil #8, c.early 1981

Daredevil #9, c.mid/late 1981

Daredevil #10, c.March 1982

The first five issues are regular-sized, and the rest are digest-sized, #'s 9 and 10 being 'tall' digest issues.

The dates ascribed are based on available data. However, note the following:
  • #1 may be as early as September 1977;
  • As unlikely as it seems, the information to hand suggests #' 2 and 3 were both issued in March 1978. TBA.
  • I have previously been 'troubled' in dating #5, but it appears it was published c.July 1980, not early 1980 as I previously thought, despite this being the period when the digest issues had supplanted the regular-sized issues (until they reappeared... but I digress...)
  • My copy of #7 has APR written on the front cover, but it is unlikely this was published January 1981 as the indicia states 1980. Another copy I spotted had 2 written on the front cover, hence the November 1980 designation.
  •  Do not adjust your screen - my copy of #8 is as badly trimmed as it appears
Note also that none of these issues are recycled, and I have not seen any retitled Daredevil issues. I both expect and hope that one or more will eventually turn up. TBA.

This was by far the longest-running ongoing Australian Daredevil series to this point - the Newton Comics series only managed two issues in early 1976, and there was a single Horwitz issue in the mid-60's. The Yaffa series was succeeded by an 11-issue run by Federal Comics.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Newtonalia: Newton Comics advertised in Woman's Day

Here's a cool piece of Newtonalia:

This advertisement appeared in Woman's Day 11 August 1975, and refers to the launch of the five Newton titles in June 1975. The statement "Newton comics arrived on the scene last month" suggests this ad originally ran in July 1975 issues. Clearly Newton's print advertising extended well beyond the advertising in the  Sunday Observer in this period which, incidentally, included advertising on television.

The main image in this advertisement appeared a few months later on the cover of the Newton Comics Super Hero Swap Card Album

It's a shame Planet of the Apes is not represented in the main image, whilst Dracula and Conan make pre-emptive cameos - of course, by 11 August 1975 Dracula #1 had been released, and Conan the Barbarian #1 was about to join the fray.

Kudos to Robert Thomas for unearthing this gem. (I'll update the post with a high res copy once it is in hand.)

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Amazing Spider-Man: The complete Federal Comics cover gallery

Here's a cover gallery of my complete run of Federal Comics' The Amazing Spider-Man:

The Amazing Spider-Man #2, c.June 1984 

The Amazing Spider-Man #3, c.September 1984 

The Amazing Spider-Man #4, c.November 1984 

The Amazing Spider-Man #5, c.January 1985 

The Amazing Spider-Man #6, c.March 1985 

The Amazing Spider-Man #7, c.June 1985 

The Amazing Spider-Man #8, c.July 1985 

The Amazing Spider-Man #9, c.October 1985 

The Amazing Spider-Man #10, c.December 1985 

The Amazing Spider-Man #11, c.February 1986 

The first issue in the series was Marvel Tales Starring Spider-Man #1.

The first four issues are 68 pages in black and white, and the rest are 32-page full colour issues. Most Federal series reverted to 68-page black and white issues for their final issues in 1986. It's a pity this series did not manage a twelfth or thirteenth issue.

I'm pretty sure the dates are accurate - certainly within a month, give or take.

This is the third series published in Australia to be titled The Amazing Spider-Man. I think this title launched Federal's Marvel line of comics, but I note that other series eg. The Incredible Hulk and The Mighty Thor were also launched May 1984.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Marvel Super Action #1: The Yaffa edition

Page Publications' digest-sized Marvel Super Action #1 reprints the main features from Marvel Super Action #'s 1-3.

It also includes black and white prints of the covers to Marvel Super Action #'s 2 and 3 without the Marvel trade dress:

The likely publication date of this issue is March 1982.

If a regular-sized edition of this existed I reckon I'd have seen one by now. I hope one does turn up.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Recycling Yaffa's Doctor Strange

Yaffa's Doctor Strange series ran for seven, possibly eight issues.

At least two retitled issues were issued from this series:

Mystic Arts Master

Supreme Sorcerer

These are the only two I have seen. 

There may be a retitled edition of Doctor Strange #2, which was recycled as #4 in the series, but given this triple-dipping occurred with #1, it's possible the pattern was repeated.

I also wouldn't be surprised to see a subsequent edition of Doctor Strange #5. TBA.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Ghost Rider: The complete Yaffa cover gallery

Here's a cover gallery of my complete run of Page Publications' Ghost Rider:

 Ghost Rider #1, c.November 1977

 Ghost Rider #2, c.March 1978

 Ghost Rider #3, c.mid-1978

 Ghost Rider #4, c.December 1979

 Ghost Rider #5, c.July 1980

 Ghost Rider #6, c.September 1980

 Ghost Rider #7, c.February 1981

 Ghost Rider #8, c.May 1981

 Ghost Rider #9, c.October 1981

Ghost Rider #10, c.February 1982

The first 5 issues are regular/magazine-sized issues. The rest are digest--sized, #'s 9 and 10 being the 'tall' digest issues.

I believe the dates ascribed above to be accurate within a month or so. I'll revise as more data comes to hand.

#6 is a reprint of #1. I haven't seen another recycled and/or retitled Ghost Rider issue, but they may exist.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Censoring Dearest, Deadest Dummy in Gredown comics

Weird Tales of the Macabre #4 is another Gredown issue banned in Western Australia in 1977.

One of the stories in this issue is Dearest, Deadest Dummy, originally published in Farrell's Haunted Thrills #6 and reprinted a number of times in various Eerie magazines, and it's with one of these that  the Gredown print is no doubt associated.

This is page 6 of Dearest, Deadest Dummy:

Presumably the gory blood on the policeman's head incensed the censor, because when Gredown reprinted the story in Pit of Evil #14, his face was as pure and white as one of the mannequins in the story:

A few years later, after the ban was lifted on many Gredown titles, it was reprinted in The Underground:

The blood was only partially restored, possibly by a tentative Gredown editor. 

Of course, this may be associated with one of the Eerie reprints - years ago I read somewhere that Eerie editions often splashed extra dollops of blood in their reprints to satisfy the thirst of 70's readers, so it's possible the version in The Underground is an early Eerie print and the version in Weird Tales of the Macabre #4 is a latter 'extra sauce' version  -  but I don't have access to the various editions to check.

Update: Mark Cannon has confirmed the version in Weird Tales of the Macabre #4 is as per Weird v2#6 and Horror Tales v2#2.