Scans From The Vault: Amazing Adventure & Fantastic Adventure
These comics all originate from Australia, but are, for all purposes, American. Further to that I have three copies of #1 of Amazing Adventure and none of them are the same. Confused? Allow me to explain.
First off I have no idea who published these comics in Australia because there is absolutely no information about any publisher, or packager, on any of the comics. The front and rear covers are blank on the inside, and the rear covers contain one of the few indicators, other than the cover price, that these books originated from Australia, as they all have an ad for Seven Seas Stamps, that beautiful company that is well known to anyone who read an Australian comic book in the 1970s. That Seven Seas Stamps is still in business must mean it is one of the true success stories for Australian small business.
The contents of the titles are bound American Gold Key issues, in their entirety, and have nothing to do with their American Ziff Davis pulp counterparts. As I stated I have three issues of issue #1 for Amazing Adventures and all have different contents. One edition contains complete copies of Solar #7, Magnus #5 and Korak #2. Another edition contains complete copies of Solar #8, Turok #38 and Korak #3. The last edition contains complete copies of Solar #3, Space Family Robinson #6 and John Carter Of Mars #3.
Issue #2 of Amazing Adventures that I have here contains complete copies of Magnus #11, Boris Karloff, Tales Of Mystery #12 and John Steele, Secret Agent #1.
Fantastic Adventure contains bound copies of Dell comics. Fantastic Adventure #2 contains complete copies ofKona #7, Spaceman #7 and Toka #7. I can't find my copy of issue #1, but I know it's here somewhere as I found the scan in my files easily enough.
The covers all appear to have come from various sources, but the most unique cover appears to be on Amazing Adventure #1. The cover looks to be an adapation of three different cover elements -as is shown here. The main figure of Solar appear to have come from #7 of the Gold Key series, the machine hes flying out of might have come from #4 and the lady in the background appears to have been lifted from #6.
I have no idea where the cover image for issue #2 of Amazing Adventures comes from, same with Fantastic Adventures #1. For the art spotters out there, go ahead and let us all know where those covers come from. If anyone is even remotely interested I'll drag out some more Gold Key and Dell reprints. Until then, as they say on MXC, "Git it on!"