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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

The Black Hole (1979)

Following the success of Star Wars - Walt Disney Productions produced The Black Hole in 1979. I saw it first in 1981 when my school (Boston Primary School) showed it on film night. This was around the time I was starting to read comic books. 
Sticker Albums were becoming popular in South Africa. Panini produced an album with 144 stickers to collect. Printed in Italy - it was distributed by Alba Publications, Cape Town. Here is the cover:

Caltex Service Stations produced a Giant Wall Poster - with 20 stickers to collect to stick on. It also advertised the film - notice the old Ster-Kinekor symbol. The annotations are in English and Afrikaans. Here are both sides:

Thanks Marc for this picture of some of the individual Caltex Stickers:
These are some Black Hole comics produced in the USA at the time by Gold Key & Whitman:

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Tuesday, 29 March 2011


These were easy to find in the 70's and 80's. Published by Republican Press were Supercomix - South Africa's Own Comics. They often had a Pop Star poster as a centrefold. Popular DC Titles reprinted were Superman, Superboy & Wonder Woman. Popular Marvel titles reprinted were Spiderman, Hulk, Captain America & Thor. Popular cartoon titles like Donald Duck, Popeye, Mighty Mouse, etc were also reprinted.
Here is a Supercomix advert and the covers of Amazing Spiderman 6 & 12. 

Thanks Mahdi from Readers Den (Cape Town) for this scan. It is an article on Supercomix written by Edmund Harmse from his fanzine Comic Collector #10 (1995). Visit Readers Den's website:
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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:

Friday, 25 March 2011

Mimosa Giant Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen 4

This is Giant Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen 4, published by Mimosa (SA Magazine Co) +/- 1963-64.

48pages,  glossy colour cover, black and white newsprint interior.

Here is the cover of issue 4 and DC Comics' original cover of Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen 67 (1962):

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Thursday, 24 March 2011

Personality & Family Radio and TV Magazine Comics

Who could forget these great comics in the 70's and 80's. They were great to collect - free pull-out comics inside these magazines. Classics Illustrated reprints, Many Asterix & Lucky Luke titles

Cover of Family Radio and TV Magazine, and house ad for Asterix at the Olympic Games:

Asterix The Mansions of the Gods, and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:
.Lawrence of Arabia, and Nicholas Nickleby:
 Little Dorrit, and The Prince and the Pauper:
 The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, and Adrift in the Pacific:
 Coral Island, and The Last Days of Pompeii:
 Kings of the Bandits, and Asterix in Britain:
 Asterix and the Black Gold, and Asterix and Cleopatra:
 Another Family Radio and TV cover, and a selection of Asterix covers:

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Two Digests

Detective Picture Library (Atlas) 7 and Detective Library 24 (Mimosa) covers.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Mimosa Detective Library Digest 22

This is Detective Library 22 - published by Mimosa in the early 60's. It reprints part of the cover of DC Comics' Gangbusters 57 from 1957. It contains 5 stories - taken from Gangbusters 57 and 63. I have included DC's original cover for comparison. It has a glossy cover and black & white newsprint interior.

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Atlas Publications Detective Picture Library Digest 6

 This rare South African reprint was published in 1960 by Atlas Publications (S.A. Magazine Co.).
Cover and Interior pages are newsprint - so after being read and swopped a few times they would likely be falling apart and thrown away.
These titles were printed in a smaller size (164x115mm) compared to the original DC Comics title.
Cover printed in colour, interior in black-and-white.
The printing reproduction from the original was very good quality. This issue is only 24 pages.

It contains four stories from DC Comics' Gang Buster 55 (1956).
The Atlas Cover bears no resemblance to the four stories contained therein.

Cover of Detective Picture Library 5 and DC Comics' original cover of Gang Busters 55 (1956):

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Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Atlas Publications

In the late 1950s and early 1960s SA Litho co. reprinted DC Comics titles under the banner of Atlas Publications. Action Comics and Adventure Comics were printed for short runs.

Thanks Mahdi from Readers Den (Cape Town) for this scan. It is an article on Atlas Publications written by Edmund Harmse from his fanzine Comic Collector #10 (1995). Visit Readers Den's website:
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Action Comics Covers (with the Original DC Comics's Cover in Brackets):
1 (Action Comics 256); 2 (Action Comics 259); 3 (Action Comics 253); 4 (Action Comics 254); 5 (Action Comics 255); 6 (Action Comics 257); 7 (Action Comics 258); 8 (Action Comics 260); 9 (Action Comics 261) ;10 (Action Comics 262) ; 11 (Action Comics 264); 12 (Action Comics 265); 13 (Action Comics 263):
Another scan of the cover of Issue 4, courtesy of Mahdi (Readers Den Comic Shop):
Atlas Publications Action Comics 5 (DC Comics Action Comics 255 Cover),  courtesy of Mahdi (Readers Den Comic Shop):

Here are Atlas Publications Adventure Comics 1 (DC Comics Adventure Comics 264 Cover);
Atlas Publications Adventure Comics 2 (DC Comics Adventure Comics 262 Cover; Atlas Publications Adventure Comics 3 (DC Comics Adveture Comics 263 Cover); Atlas Publications Adventure Comics 4 (DC Comics Adventure Comics 265 Cover); Atlas Publications Adventure Comics 5 (DC Comics Adventure Comics 271 Cover); Atlas Publications Adventure Comics 6 (DC Comics Adventure Comics 272 Cover) ; Atlas Publications Adventure Comics 7 (DC Comics Adventure Comics 269 Cover) ; Atlas Publications Adventure Comics 8 (DC Comics Adventure Comics 273 Cover) :
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