Archie Comics - UK Price Variants

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Archie Comics - UK Price Variants

Hello Reader :)

Here is a summary of the Archie UK Price Variants that I have discovered hiding between the dates of March to August 1960. 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:

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Meanwhile, here is an up to date summary of what I have discovered so far, which I hope you will find interesting.

Notes and Observations

  1. 24 single priced Archie UK price variants have been found to exist between the cover dates of March 1960 to August 1960 inclusive. Across those dates, a total of 54 cents priced comics exist spanning 16 titles
  2. The first known pence priced copy is Archie #108 priced at 9d (currently the first and only known UK price variant cover dated March 1960 for any of the seven known US publishers who produced pence priced copies)
  3. The last know pence priced copies are Archie’s Pal Jughead #63 and Laugh #113, cover dated August 1960 and also priced at 9d
  4. Of the 16 titles in scope, the following 11 titles are confirmed as having one or more UK price variant:
    • Adventures of Pipsqueak #37-39 (#38 confirmed, priced 9d)
    • Adventures of Super Duck #90-92 (#91 confirmed, priced 9d)
    • Adventures of The Fly #5-7 (#7 confirmed, priced 9d)
    • Archie #108-112 (#108, 110, 111 confirmed, priced 9d)
    • Archie’s Girls Betty and Veronica #51-56 (#52, 53, 54, 55 confirmed, priced 9d)
    • Archie's Joke Book Magazine #45-48 (#46, 47 confirmed, priced 9d)
    • Archie's Madhouse #4-7 (#5, 6 confirmed, priced 9d)
    • Archie's Pal Jughead #58-63 (#60, 61, 63 confirmed, priced 9d)
    • Katy Keene Comics #51-53 (#53 confirmed, priced 9d)
    • Laugh #108-113 (#109, 110, 111, 113 confirmed, priced 9d)
    • Pep #138-140 (#138, 139 confirmed, priced 9d)
  5. To date, no UK price variants have been found for the remaining 5 eligible titles of:
    • Adventures of Little Archie #14-15 - Giant 25c issues
    • Archie's Pals 'n' Gals #12-13 - Giant 25c issues
    • Jughead's Fantasy #1 - 10c issue
    • Katy Keene Pin-Up Parade #10-11 - Giant 25c issues
    • Life with Archie #3 - 10c issue
  6. All known pence copies are priced at 9d – no other cover prices are known to exist
  7. All known pence copies are standard sized 10c issues – no oversize copies are known to exist (e.g. double size / giant sized / annuals)
  8. The only difference between a pence priced copy and its cents priced equivalent is the price – no other elements differ and the indicias are the same in both editions
  9. Whilst no UK price variants are expected to exist for the three 25c ‘Giant’ titles, pence copies may yet exist for the 10c priced Jughead’s Fantasy #1 and Life with Archie #3
  10. Only one pence copy may turn out to exist for the three ‘adventure’ titles of Adventures of Pipsqueak, Adventures of Super Duck and Adventures of The Fly, each of which currently have only one pence issue. Adventures of The Fly #6 has surfaced multiple times as a pence priced copy but no pence copies have ever been seen to date for issues #5 and 7
  11. It is not currently known who was responsible for distributing Archie Comics in the UK but copies have been found to exist around the applicable dates with both ‘L Miller & Co’ and ‘Thorpe & Porter’ price stamps in evidence. My money is on Miller

Happy hunting, if you decide to build a set!


By Stephen Cranch based on v1.7 of the ‘Archie Comics – UK Price Variants Summary








Here are eleven 9d cover examples - one from each known title :)


692732653_AdventuresofPipsqueak38(May1960)9d.thumb.jpg.38c7b7975f379903445c8a7d6a50ff15.jpg 224814345_AdventuresofSuperDuck91(June1960)9d.thumb.jpg.2836ba29be1c138f338cb6afb318bf1f.jpg 536804428_AdventuresofTheFly6(May1960)9d.thumb.jpg.f50ec18de569fc02efee98771fc7d82d.jpg

1587342527_Archie110(June1960)9d.thumb.jpg.a149390fd180ee09131f4730cd5277c6.jpg 839395349_ArchiesGirlsBettyandVeronica55(July1960)9d.thumb.jpg.ff1fafde1ffaa353462a4690d0b474d6.jpg 379037892_ArchiesJokeBookMagazine46(May1960)9d.thumb.jpg.a40eca47edbbd26686d9a8d2cae86d84.jpg

304721550_ArchiesMadHouse6(July1960)9dCopyA.thumb.jpg.7f1dbe34b251bb63d9c11ba640ef7dd0.jpg 1166415712_ArchiesPalJughead60(May1960)9d-CopyA.thumb.jpg.637cb4a1b120fbfe3c0abc0854cabc79.jpg 449996968_KatyKeeneComics53(July1960)9dCopyB.thumb.jpg.065b7c1f00f67f41438608b99e320acf.jpg

1994708301_Laugh109(April1960)9d.thumb.jpg.8f90957334bd3f10fbff86fa85e99d1e.jpg 3968680_Pep138(April1960)9d.thumb.jpg.fbd9231421ff460d6991f3fb4ecb266c.jpg

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