Sunday, 14 February 2016

Super DC #14 (DC/UK/1969)

One of the comic "oddities of the sixties was the short-lived Super DC published monthly directly by DC comics themselves rather than their material appearing in established British comics as both the Alan Class and Power Comics lines had done.

Super DC lasted just 14 monthly issues costing 1/- but was quite good value in terms of the amount of stories contained inside each issue along with text stories, features and letters. Surprisingly this last issue didn't even tell readers that this was the end. A fans letter requesting more (of everything) wasn't even responded to. Sad really.

Unlike the early issues which had quite bad covers which were almost always the same, the later comics had a more inviting front page picture but alas too late to make a difference.

The stories featured Superman, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and of course Batman. Almost completely out of place was a two page text story about football. Go figure.

The title had one more surprise for readers as a "Bumper Book" appeared in time for Christmas. An Annual really and too slim to be called "bumper" by any stretch of the imagination.

It wasn't until 1980 that another attempt to break DC into the British market would take place, by which time their rivals Marvel were well established.


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