Charlton Comics - 15 Cent Price Variants

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Get Marwood & I


Charlton Comics - 15 Cent Price Variants

Hello Reader :)

Here is a summary of all the Charlton 15c Price Variants that I have found hiding between the cover dates of March and April 1962 inclusive.

Charlton 15cv’s are extremely rare beasts and don’t seem to appear that often. If you'd like to know more about them, please click the picture below and you'll be magically transported to the discussion thread in which we talk about them (it's the pence one):

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Notes and Observations

My research shows that Charlton 15 Cent Price Variants exist for the indicia months of March and April 1962 only. It actually makes sense for them to exist for just 2 months, March and April, as Charlton published their titles bi-monthly with half in one month and the other half the next, so covering two months would have ensured that all their current titles were included in the market test.

We’re assuming it was a market test of course, in the absence of a more plausible explanation, as no concrete evidence to that effect has been found. If a test it was, the result must have been that 15 cents was considered too high, as the books went on to switch from 10c to only 12c.

March 1962

Charlton produced 20 titles in March 1962, all with a regular cover price of 10 cents. So far, nine of them have yielded 15c copies.

April 1962

Charlton produced 21 titles in April 1962 with a mix of thirteen 10c and eight 12c regular priced issues. Only two 15c variants have been found for this month and both are for 10c regular priced issues. This may indicate that 15c variants may only be found for the 10c regular priced copies and, if so, it would reduce the total possible number of variants across both applicable months to 33.


Until more copies surface however, we’ll continue to assume that a maximum possible total of 41 variant issues may exist.

Here is a list of all 41 eligible issues showing the eleven currently confirmed copies (I own ten of them):

March 1962 (9 of 20 Confirmed)

  • Fightin’ Air force #31
  • Fightin’ Army #45
  • High School Confidential Diary #11
  • Hot Rods and Racing Cars #56 – CONFIRMED 
  • Hunk #4
  • Just Married #24
  • Konga #5 – CONFIRMED 
  • Li’l Genius #37 – CONFIRMED 
  • Love Diary #20
  • My Little Margie #40 - CONFIRMED
  • Nurse Betsy Crane #15
  • Romantic Secrets #37
  • Romantic Story #59
  • Six Gun Heroes #67 – CONFIRMED 
  • Space War #15 – CONFIRMED 
  • Submarine Attack #32
  • Sweethearts #64 – CONFIRMED 
  • Texas Rangers in Action #32 – CONFIRMED 
  • Timmy the Timid Ghost #31 – CONFIRMED 
  • U.S. Air Force #20

April 1962 (2 of 21 Confirmed)

  • Atomic Mouse #47 (10c)
  • Billy the Kid #33 (12c)
  • Black Fury #35 (10c)
  • Brides in Love #29 (12c)
  • Cheyenne Kid #33 (10c)
  • Fightin’ Marines #46 (10c) – CONFIRMED 
  • Fightin’ Navy #103 (10c)
  • First Kiss #25 (12c)
  • Freddy #33 (10c)
  • Gorgo #6 (12c)
  • I Love You #39 (10c) – CONFIRMED 
  • Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds #29 (10c)
  • Outlaws of the West #36 (10c)
  • Reptisaurus #4 (12c)
  • Secrets of Young Brides #30 (10c)
  • Strange Suspense Stories #58 (12c)
  • Sweetheart Diary #63 (12c)
  • Teen Confessions #16 (10c)
  • Teen-Age Confidential Diary #11 (10c)
  • Teen-Age Love #25 (12c)
  • Wyatt Earp, Frontier Marshall #41 (10c)

For all of the ten copies that I own, the price is the only cover difference between them and their 10c priced counterparts. Some, but not all, have curtailed indicias, perhaps to remove the internal pricing details.

The books are ridiculously hard to find, so happy hunting, if you decide to build a set!


By Stephen Cranch based on v1.3 of the ‘Charlton Comics – 15 Cent Price Variant Summary’


Charlton Comics - 15 Cent Price Variants

11 of 41 potential copies confirmed







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On 11/17/2021 at 3:07 PM, androolx said:

Found this one recently.  Beat but complete!


Well done. The only one I don't own of the known issues. A few choice swear words were uttered when I saw it in the sold listings, given how often I search. 

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On 11/17/2021 at 2:09 PM, Get Marwood & I said:

Well done. The only one I don't own of the known issues. A few choice swear words were uttered when I saw it in the sold listings, given how often I search. 

Sorry about that!

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On 11/18/2021 at 4:34 AM, androolx said:

Sorry about that!

Don't worry about it. There's two confirmed copies out there. Maybe I'll get lucky one day if there's a third :wishluck:

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