More Double Double comics

Apr 1, 2015

When the Leicester based magazine distributor Thorpe & Porter found themselves wondering what to do with heaps of returned unsold comics someone had the bright idea to tear off the covers and repackage them four at a time inside new covers to create large 128 page books. I guess that the original idea was that at least the first of the four comics would match the title of the “Double Double” book, but evidently not always.

My copy of “Strange Adventures Double Double Comics 1” oddly enough doesn’t contain a single coverless Strange Adventures comic. For the record it contains coverless issues of DC’s “Unexpected” 107, Marvel’s “Strange Tales” 165, DC’s “Challengers of the Unknown” 57 and last (and least) ACG’s “Forbidden Worlds” 142.

Strange Adventures Double Double Comics No 1

I would have thought that the only reason for choosing a particular cover image for these re-packaged comics would be that that was the title they had the most returned unsold/remaindered copies of and that title would go first in the bundle. But it seems almost any comics could be between the covers. Another “Strange Adventures Double Double Comics” sold recently contained “Unexpected” 107 first, followed by “Strange Tales” 164, “Challengers” 56 and “Unknown Worlds” 50 !?! Basically the Double Double Comics could consist of anything that was lying around the Thorpe and Porter warehouse……

Strange Adventures 186

Here’s where they got the cover image from. It looks like Thorpe and Porter re-coloured it. I was disappointed that I didn’t get to read about the Gorilla Witch !!!

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Here are the 24 different issues that were available circa 1967 – 1970. But of course collecting the full set would be impossible as no one knows just how many dozens/hundreds of variations exist !?! And it’s interesting to note that although they originally cost 1/9d and then 2/6d/12½p the last few issues cost a mere 10p (Two shillings). It’s not very often that things come DOWN in price!