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King Size Comic, An Australian Classic

Aren't these a pair of stunners? I managed to pick them up for a pittance, along with a handful of vintage Panther comic books, and if I told you what they cost me you'd just scream.

I'll freely admit that my knowledge of these books is fairly limited, but here's what I do know. According to Kevin Patrick's excellent article on Buck Rogers, King Size Comic was "a giant 2/- (two shilling) magazine, produced by the Cleveland Publishing Company of Sydney under its Apache Comics imprint. Apart from Buck Rogers, King Size Comic featured reprints of various American and Australian comic book features, ranging from crime (T-Man) to westerns (El Lobo, Tim Holt) and science-fiction (Silver Starr), before it, too, ceased publication in 1959."*

Not much is it? However the best information about Cleveland Publishing comes from John Ryan's excellent and invaluable book, Panel By Panel. On page 207 of that book Ryan discusses Cleveland briefly, and I again quote;


Dangers Dozen #1

Hot off the press and in your store today, well, at least it is if you live in Australia. I've been waiting to hold this little puppy in my hands for months now, and colour me happy because here it is. From the publisher First Salvo comes the first issue in what should be a long line of comic books. Written by Thad Branco and Anthony Cannonier, Dangers Dozen features some of the best artwork to come from Norm Breyfogle in ages. Add to that a back-up story by Mike Baron and drawn by Gabe Eltaeb, well you can see how you can't go wrong with this one.

All six issues have been fully written and drawn, so this is one book that'll be coming out on time, every time. Go into your local store and order it, buy it, read it and enjoy it. It's comic books like they used to be - enjoyment over flash.

Original Art Stories: James Kemsley, Don Perlin & Norm Breyfogle

What do James Kemsley, Don Perlin and Norm Breyfogle have in common? More than you might think. I first interviewed Don Perlin in 2003 and during the course of the interview he mentioned he that he wanted to use the interview as an on-line ad for his 2003 Tourettes fund raiser. That was more than fine with me, so off we went and each time I plugged the interview I also plugged the web-site where Don would be doing his auctions. Don emailed me later and told me that it'd be a raging success, and that made me feel fairly good, which proved to be important as it was a time when I was feeling fairly bad.

Fast forward a year. In mid 2004 Don Perlin had asked me if I knew any artists that I could approach for donations for his then annual Cavalcade Of Comics auctions. We spoke about the artists I then knew, a lot of them Don already knew and had already approached, with varying degrees of success, but three names came out of the hat - James, Norm and a Legendary Artist who'll remain …

Farewell James Kemsley

Ginger Meggs cartoonist James Kemsley dies, age 59
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SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - Cartoonist James Kemsley, who penned the Ginger Meggs comic strip for more than 20 years, died after a two-year battle with motor neuron disease, friends said Tuesday. He was 59.

Kemsley, who died at his home in the eastern town of Bowral on Monday, was the fourth cartoonist to draw the comic strip about the precocious red-haired boy named Ginger.

He took over production of the comic in 1984, and was widely credited with transforming the Sunday strip to a daily format and expanding readership to more than 120 newspapers around the world, including the United States, Brazil, India and Thailand, among others.

Australian Cartoonists' Association President Peter Broelman said Kemsley loved cartooning and was working on Ginger Meggs right until the end. "He was working on Meggs that morning," Broelman said. "He couldn't draw as such but he was certainly writing ideas and ... involve…

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