Friday, August 28, 2009

Panico #2, Fingers of Fear and Avenging Spirits... or, "So that's where the Gredown covers come from...!"

You may think you've seen this cover before, and you could bet your Fingers of Fear and Avenging Spirit that you have... but Panico #2 from 1978 came in first, courtesy of Vilmar ... and if you spend a bit of time browsing you will find many such samples of original sources of Gredown covers and reprint material.

I've made a start on matching many of the covers on this site to the Australian issues... It's easy to get lost on this site given both the wealth of material and the translation hurdles... But for the willing and patient, there's plenty of information on issues, artists and writers, cover artists, contents... I say roll up your sleeves, bookmark your favourite online translator (I've been using, and get stuck into it, fellow Gredownphiles!

Thanks to James for putting me onto this site... and check out James' excellent articles on Johnny Galaxy and Ringo.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Two in One - Another K.G. Murray Format Experiment

In the mid-late 1950's K.G. Murray experimented with the format of their reprint comics. Joining the regular line-up of 24- to 32-page black and white pamphlet issues were a variety of formats: 100-page titles; 148-page titles; colour issues and titles; gray-scale reprints; 292-page volumes of coverless rebound issues; digest-sized issues...

The Two in One series is one of the most curious and short-lived experiments. As the title suggests, the magazine represented twice the value to the consumer by presenting two comics pages side-by-side on the one page in the landscape format. This in itself was not uncommon for K.G. Murray - they would routinely resort to this tactic in the regular pamphlet series for one or more of the back-up features. What was novel was to use this so prominently as the rationale for a new series.

It wasn't very successful. Like the 100-page Color Giant experiment, it appears to have only lasted for a couple of issues. But at least it afforded us another couple of local (Hart Amos!) illustrations featuring popular and minor (almost forgotten - The Dodo and The Frog!) DC Comics characters.

My thanks to David Studham for the great scans.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Magic Moment Romances and Lover's Secrets

Lover's Secrets #'s 125 and 126 surprised me - I was aware of the unnumbered one-shot by the same title, but surely I would have seen one of the previous 124 issues of this series somewhere along the line... And could it just be coincidence that Magic Moment Romances #124 was the highest numbered issue of that series that I'd seen...?

Well, until I see a Magic Moment Romances #125, I'm going to file my Lover's Secrets next to my Magic Moment Romance issues.

And the unnumbered Lover's Secrets and Magic Moment Romances one-shots can vie for the honorary #'s 127 and 128... Maybe a pillowfight can settle it...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Dating the Murray Romance Library Imprint

It's great to find a run of consecutive issues of K.G. Murray romance titles, especially issues which span the transition from one logo/imprint to another.

I've checked with James and his timeline, and we're reasonably confident that the Murray Romance Library imprint was effective January/February 1980, in concert with the first red Murray Comics logo.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Murray Romance Library one-shots

Here's a half a dozen more Murray Romance Library one-shots I picked up over the weekend, most of which I haven't seen before.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Digest-Sized Romance Comics from Page Publications

Here's a pair of digest-sized romance comics published by Page Publications, each sporting a Keith Chatto cover. At the top is Unforgettable Love Stories #11, and beneath it is Modern Confessions Library #1.

If you look closely at the cover to Modern Confessions Library #1 you can see the original owner has dated the book 29 May 1971. No idea if she still lives at the same address...

The Murray Romance Annual Series: Love 1974 and 1979

Following on from a previous entry on K.G. Murray's series of Romance Annuals, here are the covers to the 1974 and 1979 instalments, courtesy of a small haul of romance comics snagged over the weekend.

This series takes its cue (title and masthead) from the Super DC Giant series even as cover images are drawn from Charlton comics...

The 1979 issue is also part of the Planet Series titles.

Presumably there were Love Annual instalments for 1976 and 1978 - TBC.