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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Photo Story Magazines

Popular in South Africa in the 60's, 70's and 80's were photo stories. Various titles were produced by Republican Press - who would later produce Supercomix titles.
Examples of titles: Mark Condor; Kid Colt; Tessa; Die Swart Luiperd; Die Wit Tier; Grensvegter; Kyk; Ruiter in Swart; Kid die Swerver; Eerste Liefde.
Here are a few covers as examples. 






See the following posts for more Photo Story Magazines:

56 comments:

  1. Now you've just brought back a memories, man I wish I could get my hands on some of these photo comics.
    They are the reason im a cartoonist today.

    Im impressed and relieved, cause I was under the impression that I had some kind of hallusination and that these didnt exist.
    Who says nolstalgia is worthless....

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  2. Try Bid or Buy if you want to buy some of these. Just amazing how popular they were back in the day ...

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    1. Hi George,

      I'm looking for Tom Cannonball magazines?

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  3. My dad wrote most of the words to these stories I played in Ruiter in Swart and Die Wit Tier when I was very young. Would love to get hold of these books.

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    1. Hi ...i wish to know if the guy who was starring as Die Wit Tier is a South African and that is he stil alive. I was a great fan of Die Wittier. My e-mail is jeffreyd2dsdmpu.gov.za.

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    2. His real name is Charles Segal and yes, he is South African. Last I heard he lived in the Amanzimtoti area. He is in his early sixties, so I suppose (and hope) he is alive, fit and well.

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  4. Anyone got pictures of Chunky Charlie

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    1. Im looking for any info on Chunky Charlie - this was the black detective from Soweto if I remember correctly?

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    2. Chunky had a magic jacket that could store almost anything. I remember him pulling a step ladder out of his pocket in one of the books.

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  5. Wow would love to buy a few of ol Chunky Charlie and Samson. Read these as a kid. My favorite was Chunky Charlie VS Samson and he kicks Samson's butt.

    Would love to find a few of these photo-comics. Now live in USA, that was so long ago Please contact me if anyone has any for sale Thanks, Pierre. pixart@msn.com

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  6. Being born in '70, I fondly recall these titles. However,I also recall the entertainment provided by the more risque titles from other publishers:Scope; Giggles 'n Gags (Lencil and his pencil!), Loslyf -etc. On the ovver hand, Darren, let's not forget the cleaner and exciting Battle Picture Library and War Picture Library mags. That, together with Springbok Radio's nine-thirty dossier, made for a great childhood.

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    1. Of course, Battle Picture and War Picture Library were my absolute faves!! I used to take them along to boring weddings and find a seat far at the back of the hall and read as a kid!

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  7. Who was the actress who played the part of Tessa? I remember her first name was Barbara.
    Thanks
    Lynn

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    1. Her name was Barbara Cronje, and she died many years ago and will be sadly missed.

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    2. I thought it was Erna v/d Westhuizen . . . .

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  8. Hi Lynn
    No idea. You could try contacting Koos Papenfus (See Photo Story Magazines article 3 for his details) - also there is more info here:
    http://www.softcoverbooks.net/
    Regards
    George

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  9. I played sister Louise for many years and now live in the USA. At the time, I was embarrassed, but my son and his friends love them and think it is the coolest thing ever

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    1. Hi, did you ever play alongside Johnny (Hans) Peyper from Kzn - desperately want to know which photobooks he featured in as he was my Uncle...

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    2. Hi there,

      If your had the surname Bertoti back then, then I think we know each other. I did a lot of shoots with Fred Buis and company for Dennis Griffith who has sadly passed on too.

      We did have a lot of fun doing them.

      I progressed into film making since then.

      Please take good care there.

      Love to hear from you if you want to.

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    3. No need to be embarassed - you were great

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    4. Heck I remember these photo books, in fact I collected them. I was totally smitten by Sister Louise who I believe her name was Valentina Bertoti. She later was featured in a photo series called Spy XO3. My other hero at the time was Captain Devil. I used to cut my hair like his and also wear sleevless shirts like him. I'm sure I still have some of his photo books in storage.
      I even remember some other titles like Brute Iron, Man with no name, Steve Hawk (Beau Brummel), and Apachi to name a few of the less popular ones.

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    5. Hi I loved Sister Louise and would love to get some copies. Does anyone know where they are available?

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    6. Am also looking for a particular copy, early February 1971 ?

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    7. YOUR CHILDREN SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOU.YOU CAPTURED SO MANY READERS HEARTS AND YOU STILL CAPTURE MINE.LOVED YOUR BOOKS.USED TO READ THESE BOOKS IN THE CLASSROOM AND XCHANGE WITH OTHER CLASSMATES WHEN FINISHED READING THEM.THE TEACHERS USED TO CONFISCATE THEM IF CAUGHT READING THEM IN THE CLASSROOM.TODAY OUR CHILDREN GET THEIR CELLPHONES CONFISCATED IN THE CLASSROOMS.I HOPE ALL IS WELL WITH YOU SISTER LOUISE.

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  10. Hi
    Does anyone remember my 2 fave photocomics: samson mcdade bounty hunter and slaughter?

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  11. George, thanks for these.

    Hierdie fotoboekies verdien 'n monument en 'n museum. Ek het nog Ruiter in Swart en Swart Luiperd boekies wat ek soos goud oppas

    Hell, these were true action heroes and the inspiration for all our cowboys and crooks playtime fantasies. They lived the kind of adventures dreams were made of.

    As a laerskool-laaitie my deepest desire was to act alongside Ruiter in Swart in one of his stories and my night time prayer was to dream about going on an adventure with him. For years my tjommies and I guessed about the reason for "Arend van die oerwoud"'s mask; theories about him not having eyelids and stuff like that. Only being surprised years later by the revelation that he's actually Ruiter in Swart's Ben (Danie van Rensburg aka Vonk de Ridder)

    What always amazed me was how Rocco de Wet could wipe out a platoon of terrs with an AK47 with the safety catch on (!). Probably just instilled the death of fear on them by his shear presence. This guy was truly amazing.

    B

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  12. hi,looking for any info on the guy who played KID COLT.I think his name was ettienne van der westhuisen.

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    1. his name was etienne, and his character was taken over by another Durban boy called ZOT VAN ZYL. I acted as an extra in some books, but sadly do not have a single copy.

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    2. He lives in Durban - his daughter Shane is a well known model

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    3. Etienne lives in La Lucia, Durban. Shane', his daughter (our daughter) is an international model based in London. Contact me if you would like to get in touch with him.

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    4. Hi Mandi. It would be great if Etienne could post a photo of the cover of issue no 1 of Kid Colt, if he has it in his collection. He was my childhood hero and it will also be nice if he could share any information/photos' of his photo story days.

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    5. I SAW HIM ON A TELLYTRACK SHOW SOMETIME LAST YEAR.HE WAS INVOLVED IN HORSE RACING.THINK HE OWNED HORSES.IT WAS NICE TO SEE HIM.I WISH SOME ONE IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN TV INDUSTRY CAN PRODUCE DOCUMENTARIES OF SOME SORTS OF THESE ACTORS SO THAT WE CAN GET TTO KNOW WHERE THEY ARE IN THIS WORLD.THEY WERE SO MUCH A PART OF OUR LIVES.

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  13. Oh Man! I remember Chunkie Charlie. I used to buy them and share them with our houseboy, Amos, at the time. I was about 11 living in Durban. That would have been around 1966.

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  14. Ek het 'n klomp Ruiter in Swart boeke sowel as al die ander wat ek graag wil verkoop. Kontak my, Wicus, na 5 in die middag by 074 500 5894 indien jy sou belangstel.

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  15. Ja nee - this brings back some lekker fond memories! Would love to buy a few Tessa boekies in reasonable/good condition from someone as I don't think my Italian wife would believe we grew up lusting after a bokkie in a boekie in a bikini kicking the snot out of bad guys!!

    Any interested seller can email me: freeeasyranger@yahoo.com

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  16. Hi

    i have recently acquired about 250 of these South African photo comics in very good condition, various titles available even some of the very first additions, any body interested in purchasing these please call me on 083 27 37 052

    Andre

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  17. Fantastic memories. I had over 100 of them that got lost in a move and I must have been under 5 years of age when needed for these shoots. In fact I remember my mom, sister and grandfather appearing in many of them and my dad photographing. I still have the knif ethat Tarzan used and memories of my grandfathers Mercedes being used....definately a long time ago!!

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  18. If anyone is interested in these old books you can contact me at williame@dteaa.fs.gov.za

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  19. Hi all sellers, contact me at. mariusdejager@ymail.com. I can buy bulk.

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    1. Me to: email minus002@gmail.com or text 0834407887

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  20. When I was a kid I had quite a lot of photobooks stacked up to the ceiling and now I am sorry its all gone. but hey it was worth the few cents and one that you don't mention here was one called Savage I think it was bout gangsters and the like. Does anyone have Savage in their collection?

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  21. Does anyone know who played Cha, the last of the apaches ?

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    1. Cha was played by two actors - the name of the first having starred in the first few books, probably up to no 20 or so, is unknown to me, but the name of the second actor, who performed the role up to the end, is Barry Anderson.

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  22. I loved reading these as a kid, at the barbershop in Potch, waiting to get my hair cut. Thanks for posting these - made my day!

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  23. Hi, I am looking for Keur, See, Wit Tier, Grensvegter and such like photo stores from 1982 to 1984. (selected issues) Please email me pics of these if you have any of them and how much you would like to sell them for? Many thanks taniariley@vodamail.co.za

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  24. Does anyone remember the character Chunky? He was a guy with a long great coat who used pull all sorts of amazing stuff out of his pockets.

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  25. My mom acted in these books..... she was mostly in the cowboy, apache books. I was a little girl but I remember going on the sets with her. I even had a small role in one of the books, I remember it was Rooi Majoor..... gosh, that was a long long long time ago. I don't even have a copy of any of the books she played in. Would be super awesome if someone has a spare copy. She was a beauty, long dark brown hair.... Fleur Rijnvis, or Fleur de Waal. :-)

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  26. Does anyone know how I might be able to get in contact with Barbara's youngest son Dean. We were good friends when we were kids but lost touch over the years. My Name is Natalie Pistorius

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  27. I'm looking for Barbara's son Dean. If anyone knows how I can get in contact with him please let me know. Natalie.pistorius71@gmail.com

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  28. Does anyone recall THE MASK featuring a spy named REX FOSTER?
    I'd love to get hold of them, in particular the one edition which had Mark Condor in the story as well.

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  29. Do you remember the books Cool the Hustler, Savage, Slaughter, Devil eyes and man with no name! And how can I get hold of a lot of comic books photos

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  30. We used to buy them from the tea-rooms just outside of The Grange in Pietermaritzburg about 1975. I loved the Chunky Charlie books. Now I'm 50yrs old and would still enjoy them!

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  31. Nostalgic! Can anyone help me find old copies of Cha, Tessa and Kid Colt photo story books. Please email me on fikzin@yahoo.co.uk. Much appreciated

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  32. Hi everybody, help! I am looking for the role played by a good friend, Robin Reid. He appeared in a bunch of these comics and I am looking for info. Stuart

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