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Saturday, 28 November 2015
DOUBLE DOUBLE COMICS - PART ONE...
I thought I'd already published a post on DOUBLE DOUBLE
COMICS, but I can't locate it anywhere on the Blog. That doesn't
mean it doesn't exist of course, only that I can't find it. Anyway, a few
days ago, a pal gave me this issue from the famous U.K. series, created
by distributor THORPE & PORTER, who combined four coverless
U.S. comics returned by newsagents into one big bumper periodical
with a 'new' cover derived from the front of an American title.
T&P were apparently breaking the law doing this, as the indicia
at the foot of each comic's splash page said that it "shall not be sold
or distributed with any part of its cover or markings removed", but
perhaps they had special dispensation. The interesting thing about the
DD Comics was that there was no guarantee that any two copies with
the same new cover contained the same four comics, and sometimes
the odd MARVEL mag or two was included in what was usually a
DC COMICS mix (hence the new covers always featuring, as
far as I can determine, characters from the DC stable).
As you'll notice below, chronological issues weren't bound in
sequence unless by sheer coincidence, and I doubt that any special
effort was made for continued stories either. However, four issues
originally priced at 10d or 12d each for only 1'9d represented ex-
tremely good value for money. The price later increased to 2'6d,
or 12 and a half pence in decimal money, but then reduced to
10p. However, I've read that some of the later issues contained
only three comics, so maybe that explains the lower price.
More issues in future posts, Criv-ites. Don't miss 'em!
Posted by Kid at Saturday, November 28, 2015