IW/Super Comics

July 23, 2008

I seem to have a few of these semi-legal IW (later to call themselves Super) Comics. At least in the USA they were often sold as three comics in a plastic bag for 25 cents. Gold Key employed a similar means of using up unsold back-issues.

There was a Planet Comics No 1 but strangely the next issue was No 8. You open the cover of Planet No 8 and where there should be the splash page is a full page advert! I’m not even sure if its a current advert or the ad that appeared in the original comic that is being reprinted!! Theres no Comic Code Stamp either. Just Mr Waldman’s bold claim that you’ve got a “top quality comic”. What you’ve actually got is ancient reprints from “Fiction House”, or “Avon” or some other defunct Golden Age comic company.

Israel Waldman was doing just what Alan Class was doing in the UK…buying old plates and printing whatever was on them …horror..funny animals… IW/Super comics appeared sporadically between 1958 and 1964. Mr Waldman would re-appear a few years later as the second half of SkyWald.

Strange Planets 11 from 1964 reprinted the entirity of Avons 1951 one-shot “An Earthman on Venus” drawn by Wally Wood. It did however boast a new Andru/Esposito cover with a similar theme to the original comic.

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