Foreign Comic Collector issue#3 - Page 5

man The Movie (1978, Christopher Reeve) were all popular at the time. As a result they launched multiple new reprint series: DC Comics’ Superman, with short runs of Superboy and Wonder Woman following a few years later. Marvel Comics’ The Amazing SpiderMan, The Incredible Hulk, The Mighty Thor and Captain America. Republican Press’ Photo Story Magazine “Ruiter in Swart” # 119 Supercomix The Amazing Spider-Man # 1 (first series 1976) In 1978 Republican Press responded to the popularity of the superhero films shown on the big screen in South Africa. Batman: The Movie (1966, Adam West), The Amazing Spider-Man (1977, Nicholas Hammond), The Incredible Hulk (1977, Lou Ferrigno) and Super- Numerous Humour Titles were also reprinted: Charlton Comics’ Blondie, Popeye. Harvey Comics’ Richie Rich, Little Lotta. Dell Comics’ Mighty Mouse. Gold Key Comics’ Tom & Jerry, Pink Panther, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck. The glossy covers were re-coloured for Supercomix. My blog has numerous covers from this series, with the original American covers added for comparison. An added incentive for kids to buy these comics was the pull-out glossy Pop-Star Poster. An old Republican Press insider related a story to me, where they used to take this opportunity to promote local rock bands from Durban in these posters, until their managers woke up ... and posters returned to featuring international stars! Neal Adams’ iconic Superman image from Action Comics # 419 is given a new background for Supercomix Superman # 1 in 1978 Page 5