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Forbidden Worlds (ACG, 1951 series) #83, October 1959

Announcements

1/5/2013: AusReprints is ten! The first static web pages went live late April 2003, before the site was converted to a database in December 2003.

28/4/2013: H. John Edwards/Action Comics publications have now been grouped, with a brief historical introduction.

20/7/2011: Some secrets of Ayers & James uncovered. What does it have to do with Magazine Management and other publishers?

9/4/2011: Atlas Publications promoted to the main menu, with the majority of its comics output now listed.

14/10/2010: Larry Cleland, Australia's Fawcett partner, now has its own menu item.

AusReprints has 243 new additions this week.

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Until the 1980s, Australian access to international comics was limited due to a range of factors, including distribution monopolies, exclusive licences, geograpical isolation, cultural bias toward British publications and war-time import restrictions.

During and following the second world war, a thriving local comics industry developed, including the publication of thousands of reprint comics. At the start of the 20th century, British material had dominated the Australian market. The earliest comics were modeled on British weekly newspaper-style comics, until the US format and US sources began to dominate in the 1940s.

The earliest reprints were largely based on newspaper strips, such as Hurricane Hawk (Fitchett/Southdown), Garth (Atlas) and Buffalo Bill (Horwitz). The Yaffa Syndicate, established to distribute King Features strips such as Flash Gordon, also entered the comic book market. The longest running of these newspaper strip reprint comics is The Phantom, first published in 1939 by the the Australian Women's Mirror and still produced by Frew Publications.

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