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  1. Hey, I think I know a few of these types. They can't be trusted as comic collectors. They tend to be too interested in "culture" and "context" and stuff like that.
  2. I remember when we finally had a chance to look at this one at the LAC and were a bit confused by the "blank" cover. The generic name and cover indeed make this one hard to search for and the small print run makes this essentially impossible to find. Given Geary's significance in the Canadian UG movement, I consider this to be one of his most desirable comics due to its rarity. Other than the one at the LAC (which is # 41/50), the one you have and the two that Kennedy owned, I have not come across another one. Even the Saskatchewan public library system does not have one in its pamphlet collection (and Geary is well represented). I wonder how many of these have actually survived. Geary and his students certainly are not hoarding extra copies.
  3. Andromeda Vol. 1, # 1 Published by: Media Five Publications Limited, London, Ontario, Canada; Contributors: Dean Motter and Bill Paul (editor); Date: 1974; Price: 50 cents CAD; Page Count: 28 pages Size: Tabloid Newspaper Kennedy #: n/a; Print information: 12,000 Media Five started as a large, newspaper fanzine on London, Ontario, Canada. There were at least six issues of the fanzine published (with issue 6/7 being released together as a double-sized publication). Of the major Canadian fanzines from the early 1970s, which included "Melting Pot" and "Le Beaver," only Media Five eventually released its own comic book. Andromeda Vol. 1, # 1 features a full length comic by Dean Motter, who would later create one of the seminal new-wave characters of the 1980s, Mister X. This early work falls somewhere in between the Underground movement of the early 1970s and the science fiction heavy stylings of comics that were coming out of Ontario at the time. Motter would continue to use the name Andromeda for the more well-known Canadian science fiction anthology comic that was published by Silver Snail in the late-1970s. Despite having a stated print run of 12,000 copies, Andromeda Vol. 1, # 1 is quite scarce. It is noted in John Bell's (1986) Canuck Comics, but we long thought it was a typo or misinformation. After quite a bit of searching, I was able to procure one last year. Another batch subsequently appeared earlier this year and there are still some available on eBay: I think the reason why this comic is so scarce has to do with the way it was printed. All of Media Five's publications were printed in this tabloid newspaper format and the few examples of Media Five items that I have encountered tend to be tattered and/or brittle. It is likely that, despite the large print run, few copies are still extant.
  4. Here is another obscure giveaway that I have been trying to learn more about for some time. Bobby Cooper was published in French and English versions in 1966 for Cooper-Weeks, the well-known hockey equipment company that is now just called Cooper. I have no idea who the creative team behind this comic is, but it does not appear to be Ganes or Comic Book World. I'd love to own one of these.
  5. Here is a comic that surfaced on eBay recently that I did not already have on my list: L'il Astro Westley and His Grocery Cart. It is from 1966 and was published for Westfair Foods in Winnipeg. What I find interesting about the cover is just how similar it is to L'il Easy Saver # 1. I do not think that this is a McCarron/Edmiston book, but the similarities have piqued my curiosity. The comic had already sold before I learned about it, so if one of our fellow boardies purchased it, it would be wonderful to know more about it.
  6. Thank you so much for posting these images. There are a few covers that I had not seen prior to you bringing this stuff to my attention a few days ago. There are still many gaps in our knowledge of giveaways from this era, but every time someone posts their comics our collective knowledge grows.
  7. Great thread, Dan! Keep them coming. Here's my first contribution. Heroes and Rubber Cop # 4, 2nd Printing Published by: Sensational Comics Group Contributors: Craig Bernhardt and Dave Darrigo Date: April, 1969 Price: $0.25 CAD Page Count: 38 Size: 8.5 x 11 Kennedy #: not listed Print information: two printings, 300 copies total Based out of Islington, Ontario, Canada, Sensational Comics Group was a fan publisher active in 1969 that published five issues of "Heroes and Rubber Cop" (also called H.A.R.C.) and one issue of a comic called "Sensational Display." The first four issues of the comic were mimeographed at the business owned by Dave Darrigo's father, with the final issue of Heroes and Rubber Cop and the only issue of Sensational Display being printed in Marshalltown, Iowa. Bernhardt and Darrigo provided their own separate comics ("The Heroes" and "The Rubber Cop" respectively) from which the series derives its name. Bernhardt acted as the president and editor of Sensational Comics Group. He also created another comic called "The Leopard," which appears in some issues of H.A.R.C. Early issues of H.A.R.C. had print runs of between 20 and 40 copies only. This seems to change with issue # 4 with the second printing. Despite being extremely amateurish, this series is an early example of the burgeoning homegrown UG and fanzine culture that emerged in Canada circa 1968 and features some of the first original Canadian hero comics published since the end of the WECA period. Few examples seem to have survived and most of the images online come from the one I own. In fact, the John Bell collection at Library and Archives Canada doesn't have a single issue in its collection. Darrigo would go on to become extremely important in the Canadian comic scene. By the late-1970s, he was the first manager of Dragon Lady Nostalgia in Toronto and was the editor of the monthly newsletter "Dragon Lady Dispatch" which would feature work by young artists such as Ty Templeton and Chester Brown (who would become stars of Canadian comics in their own right). During the 1980s he published "Wordsmith" with Rick Taylor through Deni Loubert's Renegade Press. By the 1990s he had returned to publishing with his own short-lived label, Special Studio. Darrigo was one of the founders of the Joe Shuster Awards and was inducted into the Canadian Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2010. As a legend in the Canadian comics industry, this amateur publication is where he got his start.
  8. Did anyone scoop this up last night? It looks interesting and is definitely the first time I've seen one.
  9. A Colonel Ernie Comics # 1 surfaced recently and sold on eBay last night for an extremely high price. Somebody overpaid for this big time. IMO it's worth ten times less than the final price. Never underestimate an eBay bidding war. I am treating this as an outlier for now. The good news is that for people interested in seeing the interior of this comic, the seller provided several pictures.
  10. ecgt

    Anybody have any pre-SOTI books?

    My interest is piqued, Bo. What is the interior like?
  11. Here's another Ganes Productions book that appeared online recently: "Ride a Safe Bus" from 1968. This one was a giveaway from Skinner School Bus Lines Charterways, but I don't know much about it.
  12. I'm really quite smitten with my next Canadian giveaway. In 1974-75 the Commissioner of Official Languages provided elementary schools across the country with a kit of material that included a board game, comic book, activity book and a record called "Oh Canada." All of the items in the kit came in a large folder. The idea was to use these items to teach children French and English. These sets come up from time to time, but it is hard to find complete ones. In addition to missing pieces, common problems include the record being scratched or the activity book being filled in. The game itself appears to be inspired by an older Canadian game called "Coast to Coast," which was first published in 1922. It also shares quite a few similarities with another game called "The Great Game of Canada" which was first published in 1973 by Irwin Toys. Here are some pictures of the kit: All of the items were designed by Madeline Knonby and Geo Boka (the former being the writer and the latter being the illustrator). What I find particularly fascinating about the design of the comic itself is just how confusing it is. The text jumps between English and French in ways that only seem to happen in real life in the province of New Brunswick (I'm looking at you, Moncton!). Only in Canada, eh? Here's an example from the interior of the comic:
  13. Like so many of the Ganes Productions minis, the "B/A Football Guide by Bud Grant" was also released in French as "B/A Le Guide de Football B-A par Bud Grant." Here are some images that surfaced late last year.
  14. Hi everyone, I am trying to build a collection of early Canadian underground comix (from the late 60s/early 70s). I am looking for stuff like Snore Comix # 1 & 2, Fleshapoids from Earth, SFU Komix # 1 & 2, Flash Theatre, Hierographics, Heart of London, London Life, Magenta Frog, Gearfoot Wrecks, Nature Comics # 2, Beer Comix, Bridge City Beer Comix # 2, Gopher Freedom, Polar Funnies # 1, The Time of the Clockmen, Brain Sugar, Crazy Duck, Poz Comix, Nuclear Dragons Attack, Nawtz Comix and anything from FreeKluck's Snafu series. The list goes on and on. I'm always looking for Canadian UG's, so anything you have might be of interest to me. I'm also starting to build a collection of Quebec UG's (BDK/BDQ). If you have anything like this, I may be interested. Particularly looking for issues of Made in Kebec, Pizza Puce and BD. Also would love to find an issue of Capitaine Kebec. My preference is to purchase raw comics/comix from Canadian sellers in CAD, but I am absolutely willing to buy in USD and deal outside of Canada. If you have anything like this please respond here or send me a pm. The price I am willing to pay depends largely on the title and condition. Thanks, brian