Monday, September 15, 2014

Digital Museum - Marvel In Australia Part 1

A few weeks ago I went on a road trip to Canberra and Melbourne to visit both the National Archives and also the National Library, with the goal to sit down and study the John Ryan collection in Canberra, a number of comic books and correspondence in the Archives and the Jack Elliott collection at Monash University.  Thanks to the kindness of then people working in those institutions I was able to gain a lot more information than I previously had – the Ryan collection is stunning in scope and diversity alone.  Seeing the collections and the contents of the archives got me to thinking about how precious some collectors and archivists get over what they possess and how difficult, if not impossible, it is to gain any form of meaningful information from those collections held in private hands.  Yet those who have the information and refuse to share it are quick to leap on the mistakes of others.  To that end I’ve decided to throw my own collection open for research purposes, but it’ll be electronic only – nobody will lay hands on the physical copies unless I am there, but scans and the information that I have gained will be open slather for those who might need it.  If you think I have it, just ask.  If I do have it, then you can access it.  My hope is that others will follow suit and a digital repository can be established.

I thought I’d start with the comic books, so, to begin with, here are the initial statistics of my collection of Australian Marvel Comics reprints.   The scope is on Marvel reprints from the 1950s through to the 1980s and does not include the Marvel Australian issues that Marvel began to issue in the late 1980s.  The Australian publishers/imprints listed in these charts are Horwitz, K.G. Murray, Yaffa, Page, Newton and Federal.

FEDERAL                              
ALPHA FLIGHT   1
                2
                nn
 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN               2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                8
                9
                11
 AVENGERS; The               3
                4
                5
                nn
 CLOAK AND DAGGER    nn
 CONAN THE BARBARIAN             1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                8
                9
                11
 CONAN THE DESTROYER              nn
 CRYSTAR             2
 DAREDEVIL        1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                8
                10
                11
 DEFENDERS       1
                3
                4
                5
                7
                9
 DUNE   nn
 FANTASTIC FOUR            3
                4
                5
                6
                8
                9
                10
                11
                nn (1)
                nn (2)
 GHOST RIDER    1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
 INCREDIBLE HULK; The 2
                3
                6
                7
                8
                9
                10
                12
 IRON MAN         2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                8
                nn
 MARVEL TALES 1
 THOR    3
                4
                6
                7
                8
                10
                11
 X-MEN; The       1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                8

HORWITZ (watch this blog for a more detail Horwitz listing)                         
APACHE KID       2
ATTACK                                7
AVENGERS          1
 DAREDEVIL        1
 KID COLT OUTLAW         19
                88
                92
 OUTLAW KID     3
                29
 SGT FURY           1
                1a
                2
                3
                4
                7
                10
 STRANGE TALES               2
                4
                5
                6
 WESTERN KID   27

K.G. MURRAY                    
CLIMAX ADVENTURE COMIC      10
                11
                12
DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU      1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                8
                10
                11
                12
                13
                14
FLASH GORDON                               nn
SAVAGE TALES  1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                8
                9
                10
                11
                12
                13
                14
                15
 SAVAGE TALES ANNUAL              nn
 SUPER GIANT   2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                8
                9
                10
                11
                12
                13
                14
                15
                16
                17
                18
                19
                20
                21
                22
                24
                25
                26
                27
                28
                nn (1)

NEWTON                             
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN                1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                8
                9
                10
                11
                12
                13
                14
                15
                16
                17
AVENGERS; The                9
                10
                11
                12
                13
                14
                15
CAPTAIN AMERICA         1
                2
                3
                4
CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL      1
CAPTAIN AMERICA/SPIDER-MAN SPECIAL           1
CAPTAIN MARVEL           nn
CONAN THE BARBARIAN              1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                8
                9
                10
                11
                12
DAREDEVIL         1
                2
                3
DAREDEVIL GIANT SPECIAL          nn
DAREDEVIL, THOR & THE X-MEN               nn
DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU      1
                2
                3
                4
DOCTOR STRANGE          1
                2
                4
                5
                6
                7
                8
                9
                10
                4a
DRACULA            1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                8
                9
                10
                11
                12
                13
                14
                nn
DRACULA ANNUAL         1
FANTASTIC FOUR             1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                8
                9
                10
                11
                12
                13
                14
                15
FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL          1
GIANT MAN DR STRANGE            nn
GIANT TEAM-UP ANNUAL           1
HULK ANNUAL  1
INCREDIBLE HULK; The  1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                8
                9
                10
                11
                12
                13
                14
                15
                16
IRON MAN          1
                2
MONSTERS UNLEASHED               1
                2
                3
                nn
NEWTON FOUR IN ONE
1
NEWTON HOLIDAY SPECIAL         1
 NEWTON HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR           nn
                nn
 NEWTON SPECTACULAR              1
 NEWTON SPECTACULAR: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN   nn
 NEWTON TRIPLE ACTION             1
                nn
 ORIGINS OF GREAT MARVEL COMIC HEROES     1
 ORIGINS OF GREAT MARVEL COMIC HEROES     1
 PLANET OF THE APES     1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                8
                9
                10
                11
                12
                13
                14
                15
                16
                17
                nn (18)
                nn (19)
 PLANET OF THE APES ANNUAL  1
 SCIENCE FICTION            1
 SILVER SURFER 1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
 SILVER SURFER SPECIAL               1
                nn
 SUB-MARINER 1
 SUB-MARINER SPECIAL                1
 SUPER HERO SWAP CARD ALBUM           nn
 TEAM-UP           2
                3
 TEAM-UP SPECIAL          nn
 THOR    1
                2
 THOR ANNUAL 1
 UNKNOWN WORLDS OF SCIENCE FICTION          2
                nn
 X-MEN SPECIAL               nn
 X-MEN with THE AVENGERS       1
                2
                3
 X-MEN; The       4
                5
                6

PAGE                     
OUTLAW ADVENTURES nn
SIX-GUN WESTERN LIBRARY        4
                7

YAFFA                   
2001       1
                2
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
173
                174
                175
                176
                177
                178
                179
                180
                181
                182
                183
                210
                211
                214
                215
                184-185
                186-187
                188-189
                190-191
                192-193
                194-195
                196-197
                198-199
                200-201
                202-203
                204-205
                206-207
                208-209
 AVENGERS; The               1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                8
                9
                10
                nn
 BIZARRE ADVENTURES nn
 BLACK PANTHER              3
                6
                7
 BLADE THE VAMPIRE SLAYER     nn
 CAPTAIN AMERICA        1
                2
                3
                5
                6
                7
                8
 CAPTAIN MARVEL          1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                8
 CHAMBER OF CHILLS     1
                2
                3
                4
 CHAMPIONS; The           1
                2
                4
                5
                6
 CONAN THE BARBARIAN             1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                8
                9
                10
                11
 CREATURES ON THE LOOSE         1
                3
                5
                6
                7
                8
 CRYPT OF SHADOWS     1
 DAREDEVIL        1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                8
                9
                10
 DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU     1
                nn
 DEFENDERS       1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                nn
 DOCTOR STRANGE         1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                nn
 DRACULA LIVES               1
                2
                3
                4
 ETERNALS; The 1
                2
                3
                5
                6
                7
 FANTASTIC FOUR            1
                2
                187
                188
                189
                190
                191
                192
                193
                194
                195
                196
                197
                198-199
                200-201
                202-203
                204-205
                206-207
                208-209
                210-211
                212-213
                214-215
                216-217
                218-219
                220-221
                222-223
 FEAR     2
                4
                5
 FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER; The                5
 GHOST RIDER    1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                7
                8
                9
                10
 HAUNT OF HORROR; The             nn
 HOWARD THE DUCK      1
 HUMAN FLY      1
3
                5
HUMAN TORCH; The      1
                2
                3
                4
                5
INCREDIBLE HULK            6
                7
                8
                9
                10
INCREDIBLE HULK; The  1
                2
                3
                4
                5
INVADERS; The 1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                nn
IRON FIST            1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
IRON MAN          1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                8
                9
JUNGLE ACTION               1
                5
JUNGLE ACTION FEATURING THE BLACK PANTHER           2
                5
JUNGLE BEAST  nn
KID COLT OUTLAW          1
                2
                7
KING CONAN     1
                nn
KINGDOM OF KULL; The               nn
KULL THE CONQUEROR 1
                2
                3
                4
KULL THE DESTROYER     5
                6
                7
                nn
KULL THE KING  nn
KUNG FU MASTER           nn
LEGION OF MONSTERS; The        1
                nn
LUKE CAGE POWER MAN             4
                5
                6
LUKE CAGE, POWER MAN            1
                2
                3
                8
MAN THING       2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
 MAN-GODS FROM BEYOND THE STARS nn
 MAN-THING     1
                2
 MARVEL SUPER ACTION              1
 MARVEL SUPER-HEROES              1
 MARVEL TALES 1
                2
 MARVEL TEAM-UP         1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                9
 MARVEL'S GREATEST COMICS   1
                2
                3
                4
 MASTER OF KUNG FU   1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                7
                9
                10
                11
                12
 MASTERS OF TERROR    nn
 MERLIN               nn
 MIGHTY MARVEL WESTERN; The             1
 MIGHTY SUPER TEAM; The         nn
 MONSTER OF FRANKENSTEIN; The         1
 MONSTER OF THE SWAMP         nn
 MONSTERS UNLEASHED              1
                2
                3
                nn
 MOON KNIGHT                1
                nn
 MS MARVEL      1
                3
                4
 NIGHT OF THE VAMPIRE              nn
 NOVA  1
 OMEGA THE UNKNOWN             1
                2
                3
 OUTLAW KID; The           2
 PETER PARKER THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN               1
                2
                3
                4
 PLANET OF THE APES     1
 PRINCE VALIANT             1
 RAMPAGING HULK; The              1
                2
                3
                nn
 RAWHIDE KID   1
                2
 RED SONJA        1
                3
                4
                5
                nn
 ROM: SPACEKNIGHT     nn
 SATANA              nn
 SAVAGE SHE-HULK; The               1
 SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN      1
                2
                4
 SECRET LIVES OF THE X-MEN      nn
 SERGEANT FURY'S WAR BATTLES             nn
 SGT FURY           1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                7
                8
                10
 SHOCK STORIES               nn
 SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN      6
                7
                8
                9
                11
 SPIDER-MAN THE INVINCIBLE   nn
 SPIDER-WOMAN             1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
 STAR-LORD        1
                2
                nn
 STRANGE TALES               2
                4
 SUB-MARINER 1
                4
                5
 SUB-MARNIER 3
 SUPERNATURAL THRILLERS        1
                2
                3
                4
                5
 SUPER-VILLAIN TEAM-UP           1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                nn
 TALES OF THE ZOMBIE  2
                3
                4
                nn
 TALES TO ASTONISH STARRING THE SUB-MARINER         2
                nn
 TERRIFYING TALES          nn
 THOR    1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                8
                nn
 THOR THE MIGHTY         nn
 TOMB OF DARKNESS     nn
 TOMB OF DRACULA       1
                2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                8
 TWO-GUN KID 1
                2
                4
                9
 UFO CONNECTION         nn
 UNKNOWN WORLDS OF SCIENCE FICTION          1
 UNTAMED WORLD OF CONAN  nn
 VAMPIRE TALES               1
                2
                3
                4
 VAULT OF EVIL 2
 WEIRD TALES    nn
 WEREWOLF BY NIGHT   2
                3
                4
                5
                6
                7
                8
 X-MEN; The       1
                2
                4
                6
                7

                8
8

These comics are available for research purposes, so if you’re working on a book, or an article or whatever, then feel free to email me, or contact me via Facebook, Twitter (@20thCenturyDan) or even Skype (danbest67).  All I ask in return is credit in your work and a copy of the finished product.  The comics have all been scanned (covers only) and the interior stories have all been entered into a data base with full details on writer/artist credits, page counts and any additional notes as required.  Do note that I need to update the database though as not all of the comics I have are listed here – there’s easily another two hundred Marvel reprints via the Horwitz imprint alone, I’ll add those stats as time goes on, but, for now, you get a rough idea of the scope of this collection.   For what it’s worth, I’ve been divesting myself of my Australian DC Comic reprints via eBay as I’ve decided to focus on just the Marvel reprints, the horror imprint of Gredown and Australian produced comics.
Next up – the statistics for my Gredown comics.  Then the magazines, fanzines, correspondence, interviews, electronic material and much, much more…

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