King Comics - UK Price Variants
Here is a summary of the King Comics UK Price Variants (UKPVs) that I have found hiding between the dates of August 1967 and November 1967 inclusive.
UK Price Variants were printed in the USA at the same time as their cents priced headliners. They are not reprints. 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:
Notes and Observations
- King Comics UK Price Variants have been found to exist between the indicia dates of August 1967 to November 1967 inclusive. Across those indicia dates, a total of 24 cents priced comics exist spanning 6 titles. At the time of writing, 21 of them have a matching single printed price UKPV confirmed with all six eligible titles having at least 2 issues.
- The first known King Comics UKPVs are all indicia dated August 1967 – King Comics for this period have no cover months – and all six titles are present, namely Beetle Bailey #61, Blondie #171, Flash Gordon #7, Mandrake the Magician #7, The Phantom #24 and Popeye #88, all priced at 10d.
- The last known UKPV copies are Blondie #174, Flash Gordon #10, Mandrake the Magician #10 and The Phantom #27 all priced at 10d.
Of the 6 titles in scope, all are confirmed as having one or more UK Price Variant (the eligible issue numbers are shown in brackets):
- Beetle Bailey (#61-64)
- Blondie (#171-174)
- Flash Gordon (#7-10)
- Mandrake the Magician (#7-10)
- The Phantom (#24-27)
- Popeye (#88-91)
- The title Jungle Jim commences with issue #5, is cover dated December 1967, and therefore misses the UKPV date range by one month. Its cover date of December 1967 also coincides with the move from 12c to 15c for US priced editions and may have a bearing on why the pence copies ceased.
- All known UKPVs are priced at 10d – no other cover prices are known to exist.
- All known UKPV copies are standard sized issues and no ‘oversize’ copies exist e.g. double size, giant sized or annuals.
- The only difference between a pence priced UKPV and its cents priced equivalent is the cover price. Unlike, say, Marvel UKPVs, no other elements differ for King Comics books and the indicias are the same in both editions. This is true of every copy I have found so far.
- A number of King UKPVs appear to have overprinted prices where the original 12c price can still be seen above the updated 10d price. I’m not a printing expert, but this could indicate that the UKPVs were printed at the end of the run.
- UK Price Variants are expected to exist for the three issues outstanding (Beetle Bailey # 64 and Popeye #89 and 91) although copies for the latter title are extremely scarce.
- It is not currently known who was responsible for distributing King Comics Comics in the UK and I have seen hardly any copies around the applicable dates with either ‘L Miller & Co’ or ‘Thorpe & Porter’ price stamps in evidence to be able to get a feel for which of them were responsible (if indeed it was either of them!).
Happy hunting, if you decide to build a set!
By Stephen Cranch based on v1.5 of the ‘King Comics – UK Price Variant Summary’
Here are six 10d cover examples - one from each known title