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Comic book collecting with a foreign variant focus
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On 12/7/2023 at 9:40 PM, Kromak said:

No movement in here for so long? I have ton of neat stuff to post, but I do not want to monopolize the thread.

Don't worry about that Kromak, if you have cool stuff to show you go ahead and post as much as you like. It's what the thread is for, and you're not monopolising anything. I would love to see more :popcorn:

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Cross posting this from the Ducks thread in the Golden Age section.

 

When the US Uncle Scrooge series started for real, from issue number 4 in 1953, unlike the Disney Four Color covers, the covers that Barks produced were unrelated to the inner Scrooge McDuck stories. However, on far away lands, some people thought it was worthy to produce covers related to the underline stories, many times originally drawn :)

Let's take as example the US Uncle Scrooge n°25:

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As can be seen, the cover above is unrelated to the inner story, the classic "The Flying Dutchman"

However, some covers were made abroad related to it. In 1963, on its second publication on Italy, this one was produced:

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On Brazil, on its second publication, on Brazilian Uncle Scrooge n°62, from 1970, this one was created:

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One year after that, an Australian publication introduced its own cover:

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Finally, the last 70's cover, on its third republication in Brazil, on issue 174 from BR Uncle Scrooge series, from 1978, a new cover was done:

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Entering the 80's, we start to see a difference in which kind of comics would use the new covers. So far, the covers mentioned here were for issues of traditional series. Netherlands would change that in 1981, introducing the its own cover for a special series dedicated to Barks stories:

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Four years latter, the US published its first related cover:

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..made by Barks referring to its own painting:

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Now in 1987, Germany introduced a new cover. Not made from scratch, this time reusing some Barks art:

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Now we skip another three years, arriving in 1990, the year most publications with related covers were made. On Denmark, a new original cover was made for a bound volume of best Donald stories:

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...which was also used on its equivalent Norwegian publication:

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To finish the 1990's publications, Finland reused the 1985 US cover:

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Finally, a year latter, already 32 years after the story was originally introduced, a fully original cover was made for its fifth publication in the US, this time in the regular US Uncle Scrooge series, breaking the 80's trend of using the covers on special volumes dedicated to Barks:

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There might be more covers introduced after 1991, but that's left as an exercise to the reader :)

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On 2/1/2024 at 6:17 PM, Yorick said:

Have I shared some of my South America Flash Gordon comics here?

 

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I had the Brazilian publication of the middle one :)

On 2/9/2024 at 6:22 PM, Yorick said:

Got some Batman Year One.

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I'll REALLY need to get a Flushman comic.  lol

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Flushman >>>>>>> The Flash

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I'm cross-posting from another topic, but I also found this book at HPB this weekend. It was published by a company in Hong Kong called HK Comics Limited. It's in English, though I suppose there were some made in Chinese as well? I don't know. I also am unsure who distributed it in the U.S. It's a Christian comic called King of Kings, and it appears only 1 issue was published, at least domestically and in English. There's a variant cover as well, which I don't have.

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On 2/18/2024 at 9:13 AM, BuraddoRun said:

Found this at a lcs Friday.

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A Russian comic on a local comic shop?  Might will never happen. Very nice cover for a first issue :)

On 2/20/2024 at 11:00 AM, GermanFan said:

2 German issues from 1968 and 1974.

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Two expensive books!

On 2/19/2024 at 7:05 PM, Yorick said:

I'm always on the look-out for Matt Baker (artist) issues.

 

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On 2/19/2024 at 7:05 PM, Yorick said:

I'm always on the look-out for Matt Baker (artist) issues.

 

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I think one of his covers was used here. I will check latter.

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It's interesting how some ideas can repeat themselves after long time periods. Not only they can re-surge after decades, but also in far away locations, dozens of thousand of kilometers apart.

Take for instance this Brazilian The Phantom n°15 that I acquired more or less recently. As can be clearly seen, the basic idea is to show a big Phantom on the background, watching over a lonely ship traveling through ocean waters (continues in the comments):

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By the late 80's, the Australian The Phantom magazine had recently changed their design style and started to produce covers with greater variety of themes and visual styles. A few years after such change, the Australian artist "" had a practically the same idea as Lutz had thirty five years before. Once again, one could see a big Phantom in the background, albeit just from neck and above this time, watching (more explicitly now) the lonely ship crossing the danger waters of the ocean :)

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I would say the bigger difference by far is the darker color scheme adopted in the Australian publication.

 

P.S: I  just did a selling thread comprised mostly by foreign comics, in case anyone is interested:

 

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On 4/29/2024 at 3:10 AM, pickycollector said:

Recent purchase of a very tough book to find in high grade

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Interesting. Never seen one of those before. Where is it from? Can't find it anywhere on the GCD. 

Just spotted your location, so I'm guessing now it's probably Canadian. :facepalm:

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D'oh!
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On 4/29/2024 at 1:46 AM, rakehell said:

Interesting. Never seen one of those before. Where is it from? Can't find it anywhere on the GCD. 

Just spotted your location, so I'm guessing now it's probably Canadian. :facepalm:

It looks like it's French, and not just Canadian French.  See that box on the top left with the differing country prices...  :foryou:

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On 4/29/2024 at 11:30 AM, Yorick said:

It looks like it's French, and not just Canadian French.  See that box on the top left with the differing country prices...  :foryou:

It's French Canadian but the first published issues were also intended for other countries, which did not last long.

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