Sunday, January 26, 2020

Wild Cat Western: Gredown erratum



There are two stories in Gredown's Wild Cat Western: 

 Journey of Hate splash page


The 20-page Peddler's Revenge opens the magazine, and Journey of Hate fills the next 47 pages. 

And each splash page includes the indicia. Someone stuffed up.

Maybe one of these was reprinted from a previous issue and the indicia was carried over. Possible - but I haven't seen a previous Gredown printing of either story.

Maybe Journey of Hate, being the feature-length story, was intended as the opening story but was mistakenly printed second. Possible.

Maybe the cover provides a clue. Journey of Revenge does sound like Journey of Hate - and to be honest, my initial theory was this may be an alternate translation of the title.

Then again, Journey of Revenge is not so far removed from The Peddler's Revenge...

Ah, but what if Gredown cottoned onto their error in time to adjust the cover but not the contents...? And voila, a compromise redolent of double A-sided singles - think We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper and Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever - and Journey of Revenge it is!

Well, that's my working theory until other copies of these stories surface. (And I got to sneak in Beatles references...)

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Censoring Curse of the Vampire in Gredown's Vampire Mania


Curse of the Vampire was originally published in Eerie's Horror Tales v3#4, July 1971, and reprinted a number of times in other Eerie magazines. I've managed to check scans of two of these reprints and they appear to be as per the reprint in the in Horror Tales v8#2, May 1977, which is one of a handful of original Eerie mags I have to hand. 

Here's a scan of the splash page to Curse of the Vampire from Horror Tales:


Compare this to the reprint in Gredown's Vampire Mania:


Yes, the blood has been wiped clean, but what I especially appreciate is the attention to detail required to erase the worm from the skull's eye socket in the second panel.

This is the third page of the story: 


Gredown erased the blood in the sixth panel too:


Here's the fourth page of the story:


Blood is one thing, and most of it was camouflaged in the third panel, and it was ok by the fifth panel - probably because they were distracted by the nipples in the fourth panel:


This is the final page of the original story:


Yeah, the nudity in the first panel is not going to cut it, and the top is back in the third panel:


And of course, stabbing is ok in the fifth panel as long as the jam doesn't spurt out.

I expect there is an unadulterated printing of Curse of the Vampire in an earlier Gredown edition or two.

Gredown's Bite of the Scorpion


Gredown's Bite of the Scorpion was published in 1982:


The cover is a modified version of the cover to Panico #44, 1972 series:


Panico covers were often recycled by Vilmar so it is possible this cover appeared on previous or subsequent issues, or other titles such as Escorpion.

The male figure on Bite of the Scorpion interests me. Firstly, it appears to have been intentionally modified to reflect the opening story - the longhaired bearded male bears a strong resemblance to the narrator of Lonely Like a Scorpion (see scan of sample page below).

Further, the male figure looks to me like it may be the work of Phil Belbin. Something about the lighting and the whites of the eyes reminds me of other cover art attributed to Belbin. Now, my understanding is Belbin wasn't actively involved with Gredown in the early 1980's, but it is possible this figure was transplanted from a previously published cover and repurposed for this issue - but I have not identified such an earlier piece.

The script on the cover is from the opening lines of the story Lonely Like A Scorpion (see scan below).

The contents are as follows:

Lonely Like a Scorpion
The Avenger!, originally published in Forbidden Worlds #19, July 1953 
Shipwrecked
Satan's Man, originally published in Terror Tales #v4#3, April 1972 
The Haunt of Evil, originally published in Adventures into the Unknown #32, June 1952 
Temple of Fire, originally published in Haunted #25, January 1976
Demons and Skeletons, originally published in Horror Tales #v6#2, April 1974 
The Devil's a Businessman!, originally published in Gasp #1, March 1967, ACG 
The Chains of Repentance 

Some, if not all of these stories appeared in other Australian comics published by Gredown and/or K.G. Murray. For example, Temple of Fire appeared in Gredown's Blade of Fear #1 and Tales of the Mystic, and in Planet Comics' Monster Hunters #3. Temple of Fire is a 6-page story. I note the GCD entry for Haunted #25 designates this as a 7-page story, but I can confirm it is a 6-page story as per the reprint in Haunted #57  and the Australian reprints.

The three unidentified stories are of Spanish origin. Here's scans of the first page to each of these stories:




I'll update this post once these are identified.

Century Comic #80


Colour Comics' Century Comic #80 was published c.January 1963


The cover is modified from the original on DC's Adventure Comics #291:


The story contents are as follows:

Superboy's Romance with Cleopatra!,  originally published in Adventure Comics #291, December 1961
African Man Hunt!, originally published in The Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog #13, January-February 1954
The King of the Thieves!, originally published in Tomahawk #30, February 1955
Aquaman's Super Sea Circus, originally published in World's Finest Comics #126, June 1962
The Madam Jekyll of Metropolis!, originally published in Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #36, October 1962
The Deadly Faces of Dawn, originally published in House of Mystery #128, November 1962
Buzzard of the Badlands!, originally published in All-American Western #123, December 1951-January 1952
Frame-Up at Planeteer Academy Chapter 1, originally published in Showcase #41, November-December 1962
The Criminal Who Couldn't Die Chapter 2, originally published in Showcase #41, November-December 1962
The Cosmic Game of Doom, originally published in House of Mystery #127, October 1962

Plus a single-page Lem 'n' Lime filler which begins "Look at you, Lem! You have on one brown shoe...", originally published in Blackhawk 116, September 1957

Some of these stories may be related to later DC reprintings - for example, the Lem 'n' Lime filler is most likely related to the reprint in Superboy #102, January 1963 - but I have only listed the original printings of the stories as per GCD listings.

As you can see this issue ranges widely across the DC genre line-up, from Superman Family and superhero stories to westerns, mystery comics and sci-fi adventures.

There are two advertisements in this issue with a January 1963 date code.

I purchased this copy in 2005 from a Sydney dealer in a batch of half a dozen Century comics and each of them are what I deem mylar-worthy, such is their condition. The only thing that mars this copy is the off-centre cropping, visible in the scan above. These copies were not cheap at the time, but I now wish I had purchased all the KG Murray comics this guy had because of their condition. A friend of mine also purchased books from this dealer and any time he showed me a pristine pre-decimal Murray, I didn't have to ask - I knew immediately where he got it from and how much he paid for it.

Friday, January 24, 2020

The Phantom in The Australian Woman's Mirror 17 February 1942



This is The Phantom page from The Australian Woman's Mirror 17 February 1942.

The sum of my knowledge about The Phantom in The Australian Woman's Mirror is on www.deepwoods.org.

I have a dozen or so of these magazines with The Phantom. If there is interest I'll post scans of the rest for your edification - just don't expect any personal insights as I don't really know anything about The Phantom or Phantom comics. 

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Tracking The Million-Dollar Mistakes on Earth-Menzies



This is the splash page to The Million-Dollar Mistake, first published in Superman #102, January 1956. This story was published in Australia (aka Earth-Menzies) as The Million-Pound Mistake in Century The 100-Page Comic Monthly #1 c.July 1956:


K.G. Murray reprinted this story as The Million-Dollar Mistake in Wonder Comic Monthly #36 c.April 1968:


The similarly titled The Million Dollar Mistakes! was originally published in Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #39, September 1959:


This story was published as The Million-Pound Mistakes! on Earth-Menzies in Super Adventure Comic #1, c.July 1960:


I am not aware of an Australian printing of The Million-Dollar Mistakes!, and given the GCD does not list a reprinting of the story before Showcase Presents: Superman Family #3 in 2009, I'm going to assume there isn't one. 

Having said that, there is no GCD listing for The Million-Dollar Mistake c.1968 and yet there is a reprinting in Wonder Comic Monthly #36. This may have been a case of the Murray editors amending inventory rather than publishing new material from DC, and if so, this would constitute precedent for a similarly reconsidered printing of The Million-Dollar Mistakes!. TBA.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Song at Twilight: The Yaffa editions



Song at Twilight was originally published in MV Features' Dream A Romantic Picture Story #5. It was reprinted a couple of times in in the UK, in Sabre's Romantic Stories in Pictures #5 and #47.

The first printing in Australia was probably in Page Publications' Romance and Confession Library #79 in 1970 under a Keith Chatto cover:


This story was recycled over the next few years under new Chatto covers:

Love Experiences Library #5 

Beautiful Love Stories #4

I'm sure there are more reprintings than these two issues. TBA.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Savage Tales #6: The Federal Comics edition


Federal Comics' Savage Tales #6 was published c.July 1984:


The cover previously appeared on Cimoc #1


The story contents are as follows:

The Iron Devil, originally published in The Warlord #7, June-July 1977 
Apes or Men!, originally published in Anthro #2, September-October 1968 
Finale, originally published in Hercules Unbound #9, February-March 1977
The Phantom City of Death! [Part 1], originally published in Bomba the Jungle Boy #2, November-December 1967
The Phantom City of Death! Part 2, originally published in Bomba the Jungle Boy #2, November-December 1967
The Phantom City of Death! Part 3, originally published in Bomba the Jungle Boy #2, November-December 1967
There is also a Cap's Hobby Hints filler on the last page which begins "My dad told me how to make my own carpenter's level.", also from Bomba the Jungle Boy #2, November-December 1967

This issue includes in-house advertisements, some of which can be found on AusReprints.

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.June 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.