Charlton Canadian Price Variants
Here is a summary of all the Charlton Canadian Price Variants that I have captured hiding between the dates of September 1983 and July 1984. 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:
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
My research shows that Charlton Canadian Price Variants exist for the indicia months of September 1983 through to July 1984. Others have attempted to document what copies exist down the years but I believe I am the first to gain agreement on a firm set of dates (previously, many researchers have suggested the books date back as far as February 1983 but no such books have ever materialised)
There are twelve titles in scope between the revised date range (September 1983 to July 1984 inclusive) and each has at least one CPV confirmed. The 12 titles are:
- Battlefield Action
- Beyond The Grave
- Fightin' Army
- Fightin' Marines
- Fightin' Navy
- Ghost Manor
- Ghostly Tales
- Scary Tales
Here are the current confirmed issue numbers:
From August/September 1984 (all titles are bi-monthly and staggered), 8 of the still running 11 title's issues have dual US/Canadian prices indicating the end of the experiment (the other 3 become dual from October). So July 1984 cover dates provide the final CPVs.
Every example I have found so far is priced at 75c (versus the US 60c copies) - I have found no other prices and no annuals or 'specials'
If I am right about the dates, there will be a maximum possible 64 CPVs across the 12 titles and the most any one title will have is 6 issues. However, we believe that no one title will have more than 5 CPVs as, for the four titles that could have six issues, all of their missing September 1983 cover dated issues were all coincidentally on sale prior to the 9th of June 1983 according to Mike's Comic Newsstand. This indicates that they may precede the CPV experiment dates and explains why not one of the four have materialised. Accordingly, the maximum number of issues may settle on 60, five for each title, which makes sense. Please see the discussion thread for more on this (link above).
At the time of writing, 54 of the theoretical maximum of 60 issues have been confirmed. I own 32 so far and hope to complete the set in the future.
Some of the confirmed books are fairly hard to find, so happy hunting if you decide to build a set yourself! Only time will tell if the remaining 6 books exist....
By Stephen Cranch based on v1.5 of the ‘Charlton Comics – Canadian Price Variant Summary’
Here are some examples from 10 of the 12 titles: