Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Destination Destruction again: War in the Air #4

Further to three other instances, Destination Destruction is also reprinted in Page Publications' War in the Air #4, under another Keith Chatto cover:

In another emerging pattern, it appears that the first printing of a story may be identified not only by the fact that the cover is based on the source material, but that the story title is written on the cover, whilst later recyclings omit the story title under new covers and titles. Too early to pronounce it as a fact, but as I say, another possible pattern to be alert to.

Update: 25/8/2018: Yet another printing of Destination Destruction can be found in War Adventure Series #10:

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Falling in Love #70: Sister, don't steal my art....

Falling in Love Romances #70, published by K.G. Murray c.1972, features a cover illustrated by Jay Scott Pike - with some crude art extension and cropping on the left hand portion of the image - and the story Sister, Don't Steal My Man, which originally appeared in Young Romance #183, June 1972:

If these two editions take your fancy but don't quite fill you to the brimful with that lovin' feeling, maybe this fabric will cause your cup to runneth over:

Apparently it's available at some online print design business.

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Murray War Library so far..

In the early 1980's Murray Comics dipped a tentative toe into the digest-sized comic market. Various genres were represented, such as romance comics, westerns and horror comics.

I have copies of the following war digests:

 Fightin' Army NN

 Fightin' Marines NN

Nightmare Mission NN

Like the non-war samples above, these issues are distinguished by the fact that the rear cover is a reproduction of the front cover, which was not typical of Murray. Of course, Murray had previously published digest-sized series, notably a long run of romance comics and, in the mid-1960's, Superman Super Library, but these cross-genre samples from the early 1980's form a particular subset of Murray digests. The timing and price point broadly coincides with the Yaffa digest-sized comics, which may have triggered this program. 

I don't have enough information or samples at the moment to assert or conclude too much, but it appears to me this subset was published over a relatively short time span - maybe a 12-18-month period between late 1981 and end of 1982. 

The romance editions incorporated the Murray Romance Library logo. I think of this subset collectively as the Murray Library series, so the westerns form the Murray Western Library, the war issues become the Murray War Library, etc. I don't recall seeing a science fiction issue, but I wouldn't be surprised to see some pop up.

I say they broadly coincide with the Yaffa digests in timing and price point because, if my timing is accurate, the Murray issues appeared with a $0.60 cover price just as the Yaffas changed to $0.70, and persevered as the Yaffas inflate to $0.75, so the dating is subject to review.

Anyway, this is just my musing on these issues until more information and samples come to hand.

Update: The cover of Nightmare Mission was originally published as the cover to Charlton's Fightin' Army #124, May 1976.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Chatto Confessions: Revealing Confession Stories #1 and Exciting Confessions #4

Page Publications' Revealing Confession Stories #1 is a digest-sized romance comic featuring a Keith Chatto cover, and contains the story Holiday of Love.

This story was also published around the same time by Page Publications in Exciting Confessions #4 with another Chatto cover illustration:

I expect there are other Page Publications reprints of this story.

Update: As expected, a further reprint of Holiday of Love has turned up, under another Chatto cover, in Love Experiences Library #7:

Update: And yet another reprint, under another Chatto cover, in Personal Confessions Library #3:

Update 24/6/2018: And another in Heartbreaking Love Stories #19:

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Giant Batman Album #8: The 'missing' piece

K.G. Murray's Giant Batman Album #8 is based on the US edition 80 Page Giant #5 Batman:

Giant Batman Album #8 reprints the cover and main feature contents of the 80 Page Giant, whilst adding a couple of fillers which are different to the ones included in the US edition. 

One of the features reprinted in the local edition is [Rustling on a Reservation], a Complete Sunday Newspaper Syndicated Story, as advertised prominently in both printings.

However, the US edition contains the following single page feature, also a syndicated strip:

It's a shame this wasn't included in the local edition. The art is already in black and white, and assuming the blue background was printed in black, it would have made a stark and bold impact. And I'm not sure whether this piece was reprinted in any other subsequent K.G. Murray comic.