Let's See Your Canadian Giveaway Comics from the 1960s/70s
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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.

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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. 

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/183134812818?_trksid=p2471758.m4704

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On 5/26/2017 at 4:52 PM, Tbone911t said:

Very cool! My mom worked for Ernie Edwards for many years. The Town and Country was located where the KFC/Taco Bell on Quinpool road is. I'll have to ask her is she has seen or is aware of these books.

Ask her if she remembers the late Bill Meakin.  He was the manager at that store for about 30 years.  Bill passed away about 10 years ago at age 62.  He was one of my best friends and a really nice guy.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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On 6/26/2018 at 11:42 PM, nor'easter said:

Ask her if she remembers the late Bill Meakin.  He was the manager at that store for about 30 years.  Bill passed away about 10 years ago at age 62.  He was one of my best friends and a really nice

 

Small world. I worked at Pictures in Bedford which was connected to the KFC. She would 100% remember Billy, as she always referred to him.

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18 hours ago, Tbone911t said:

 

Small world. I worked at Pictures in Bedford which was connected to the KFC. She would 100% remember Billy, as she always referred to him.

Yeah, Bill worked at Pictures for awhile too; then they moved him to Cole Harbour.  He had a great comic collection.  I think his family liquidated it.

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