Welcome to the wonderful world of Alan Class's "Class Classics"!
BUNDLES OF WONDER!
In the 1960s,when it was "hit or miss" as to what title your local newsagents [in my case,Mina Road had Jarman's -a shop with a glass fronted cabinet displaying toy soldiers and a rotating rack with comics!] might carry,there was was one publisher who offered us a mix of Atlas,Charlton,Marvel and other publishers' strips....
Yes,you could find the Silver Surfer,Avengers or even Daredevil intermixed with Captain Atom,Mercury Man,the Mysterious Traveller,Charlton war and horror as well as science fiction. I don't think it occurred to us at the time that these characters came from different companies!
For a 1/- [5p] I had a good read on the long bus trip to Weston-Super-Mare in Summer-time. My gran and grand-dad weren't stupid -they knew comics would keep a restless kid in check! One that always stuck in my mind was Paul Reinman drawn "THE LAST PATROL!" [Sinister Tales no.208];as I studied history and,for my own comics work,uniforms,I was amazed at Reinman's uniform accuracy!
Bristol Bus Station was the best place to pick up copies,but that was on day trips. Normally,Jarman's or a dark little newsagents in Sussex Place,where I got my Plastacine,would have copies.
Americans say to me:"But it's all in black and white!!" I say "so what?" Most weekly comics,or titles such as The Purple Hood,Miracleman,etc., were in black and white in the UK! My brother,Peter,may have argued with me as to which was best -Marvel [my choice] or DC [his]- but we both read Class!
From the 1960s to the 1980s,Class published his titles,some strips reprinted in other titles later on,but it wasn't until the late 1970s when Marvel realised it's weekly comics were being out-done that they stopped Class from reprinting their strips! After all:weekly comic =a US comic broken into one part each week over,say,two months,but Class =full story in one issue....for less money!!
When I corresponded with Alan in the 1980s,after Denis Gifford put me in touch with him,he noted the distribution problem. He was delivering 1000 or so copies to W.H.Smith to distribute but after complaints that the titles were not appearing in shops,he discovered the copies had been sent away for shredding/pulping! Even placing an order with W.H.Smith was no guarantee that you'd get a copy -just your deposit back!
Of course,in the 1970s,Alan co-published the ALLY SLOPER "Nostalgicomic" and even a "Penny Comics of the Thirties" collector's set with comic historian Denis Gifford.
I think that it was a sad day when Alan Class stopped publishing his titles. But the question remains -does his re-printing agreements with companies still hold?
Unless you were a kid in the 1960s/1970s,you'll never understand the nostalgia of seeing these titles.
Hopefully, I'll be able to add the contents of other issues to this site once acquired.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON PRICING!
Class Comics have suddenly become "collectible" according to certain sources, however, they were printed in their thousands.
I have seen issues offered for sale at £10,£15 and even £30 -do not buy them at this price! It is also claimed that "pre-decimal currency" issues will set you back more and, although no. 1s should set you back about £5 if you really want them, the average price of purchasing these comics should be between £1.50 to £2.00 for the rarer ones.
As an example: Astounding Stories no.8, from a dealer who knows his stuff -and this is a pre-decimal 1/- issue- for £1.50. Sinister Tales no. 54 [1/-],again, set me back....£1.50. Sinister Tales no. 75 [1/-] cost me £1.50. These are all pristine, good as new copies.
There is absolutely no reason to pay above these prices -many 1940s/1950s comics from the UK do not go above the £3.00 value mark. Of course, if you do pay large sums it simply encourages dealers to keep pushing up prices on comics which, for years, they would not even consider stocking because they were, to quote a shop owner, "cheap tat".
Pay proper prices and refuse to artificially boost prices.
YES! I WILL BE CLASS COMICS!!
I am, obviously, open to buying Class Comics. I'll buy slightly damaged copies at 50p each. Other ranges of quality I'll pay the accepted dealer price of £1.50 or £2.00 for the rarer issues.
Of course, if comics are to be sent via the postal system I will pay the postage.
Let me know what you have and if interested I will send, by mail, a letter quoting price agreed, etc.. A cheque covering postage and the agreed amount will be sent immediately upon receipt -having been ripped off by sending money in advance and getting nothing I have had to adopt this procedure.
You can contact me at the usual e-mail address.
You might get a bit bored with this but...as usual, I have tried to identify the artist[s] and company. I may get things wrong so if you have any of the issues mentioned and care to correct me please do!
If you have issues not mentioned here and can provide details -get in touch!
VISITORS FROM AFAR ["FANFARE SERIES"]
BURIED BY THE CENTURIES [ DITTO ]
DESTINY KNOWS MANY ROADS [MYSTERIES OF THE UNKNOWN] HARRY LAZARUS ABOVE ALL ACG?
VERDICT:NOT GUILTY JOHN FORTE
MYSTERIOUS LEADER JOHN FORTE
THEY WONT LISTEN [TEXT]
NEW STATUE PETE CONSTANZA ACG
YOU'LL MAKE A MILLION BUCKS UP THERE! CHIC STONE ACG?
THE MIRROR THAT STOLE FACES! PAUL REINMAN
ALTER EGO[MYSTERIES OF THE UNKNOWN]
MIGHTY AVENGERS:BETRAYAL BARRY SMITH & SYD SHORES MARVEL
MORTON THE MAGNIFICENT MAGICIAN
MIGHTY AVENGERS:WE STAND AT ARMAGEDDON BARRY SMITH & GEORGE KLEIN MARVEL
MIGHTY AVENGERS:AND WE BATTLE FOR THE EARTH! SAL BUSCEMA & SAM GRAINGER MARVEL
PAST HAUNTING A-2228 CHARLTON
NO.76 IS BADLY DAMAGED AND SO IT MAY BE SOME PAGES ARE MISSING.
DAREDEVIL;THE TORPEDO GENE COLAN & SYD SHORE MARVEL
THE TRAIN THAT VANISHED! JOHN BUSCEMA
THE LITTLE MAN WHO WASNT THERE!
THE PHANTOM CITY! OGDEN WHITNEY
GHOST OF A GIRL PAUL REINMAN
GIANT-MAN:THE HUMAN TOP KIRBY & DITKO MARVEL
JINGLES AND WILD BILL HICKOK;THE RIGHT MEDICINE S1129
STONE AGE MAN PAUL REINMAN
TARGET AND THE TARGETEERS
LITTLE GREEN MAN KEN LANDAU
OVER THE LINE [WAR STRIP]
THE SHIELD VS THE BLACK HOOD ARCHIE
THE SHIELD;BEWARE THE KNAVE! PAUL REINMAN ARCHIE
CHEYENNE KID;THE AVENGER DION[?]DIMINGUEZ
SPIRIT OF FRANKENSTEIN
THE MAN WHO STOLE THE SUN! L718 ACG?
THE MAN WITH YELLOW EYES DICK AYERS MARVEL?
THE FLY;THE JUSTICE OF CHEN FANG! ARCHIE
THE BLACK HOOD:THE NIGHTMARE WORLD OF THE SKULL REINMAN? ARCHIE
A LIVING DOLL DITKO
MR JUSTICE AND THE COSMIC TERROR REINMAN ARCHIE
DROP 43298A [TEXT]
THE PERFECT SERVANT 4743
THE FLY;SIR FLY! ARCHIE
MESSAGE FROM THE BEYOND PAUL REINMAN
NOMAN:THE SYNTHETIC STAND-INS! SEKOWSKY TOWER
THUNDER AGENTS;DOUBLE FOR DYNAMO WOOD TOWER
DYNAMO AND THE GOLEM WOOD TOWER
NOMAN IN THE CAVERNS OF DEMO WOOD & CO TOWER
WHAT THE MIRROR REVEALED K511
THE JAGUAR IS MISSING! ARCHIE
THE JAGUAR;THE DAY THE JAGUAR STOPPED FIGHTING ARCHIE
THE JAGUAR;GREAT OUTER SPACE HUNT! ARCHIE
THE FLY;THE MONSTER FLY! ARCHIE
MY STRANGE GODFATHER OGDEN WHITNEY ACG?
THE PHANTOM CITY! OGDEN WHITNEY ACG?
MAGIC-MAN;THE CASE OF THE YOUNG OLD MEN! PETE CONSTANZA ACG
THE MAN IN THE BEEHIVE! KIRBY & AYERS MARVEL
THE HIDDEN VALLEY! LOU MORALES MARVEL?
THE JOURNEY [TEXT]
SAZZIK THE SORCERER KIRBY & AYERS MARVEL
FING FANG FOOM![YAY!] KIRBY MARVEL
Where-ever possible I have tried to identify artist and company or included the artwork reference such as "g123". If you can identify strips, etc., or help out with issues I haven't listed please get in touch!
INSPECTION TOUR A-1083 CHARLTON
NICK FURY AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D.;THE NAME OF THE GAME IS HATE! FRANK SPRINGER MARVEL
MADE OF WAX S421
SAGA OF THE LUCKY 7;MICHEL'S REVENGE MIKE SEKOWSKY
THE JAGUAR;A DATE WITH THE JAGUAR! ARCHIE
YOU COULD BE ONE A-2351 CHARLTON
FLY-MAN;PAWN OF THE ULTRA-FOES PAUL ARE ARCHIE
THE THREAT FROM BEYOND 5379 CHARLTON
THEY CALLED HER WITCH 5712 CHARLTON
CAPTAIN ATOM;ONE SECOND OF WAR DITKO CHARLTON
TWO HOURS 5611 CHARLTON
STRANGER IN THE STORM A-2133 CHARLTON
THE SHIELD;THE GLADIATOR FROM TOMORROW PAUL ARE ARCHIE
NO.117 100 PAGES
MIGHTY AVENGERS;THE WARLORD & THE WITCH! JOHN BUSCEMA & TOM PALMER MARVEL
MIGHTY AVENGERS;THE BLAZE OF BATTLE..THE FLAMES OF LOVE! JOHN BUSCEMA & TOM PALMER MARVEL
BEWARE OF THE STEEL BIRD A-2903 CHARLTON
THE AMBASSADORS! CONSTANZA ACG?
MY FIANCE ABIGAIL! KURT SCHAFFENBERGER ACG
THE NIGHT NOTHING HAPPENED HARRY LAZARUS
HAND OF PROVIDENCE! LEO MOREY ACG?
VICTORY OF THE DITROS A-3457 CHARLTON
DETOUR TO MARS [TEXT] CHARLTON?
THE STONE AGE MAN JOHN FORTE? ACG?
THE HYPNOTIC TRANCE! ACG?
MYSTERIES OF NATURE! ACG?
JUDOMASTER...TRAITOR! FRANK MCLAUGHLIN CHARLTON
SOMEONE IS FOLLOWING illegible;"D_GEG"? ACG?
IT HAPPENS AT NIGHT! L577 ACG?
RIDE TO THE FUTURE [TEXT] CHARLTON
THE DREADFUL DREAM K826
MENTHOR VS THE ENTRANCER CHIC STONE? TOWER
THE MAN IN BLACK JOE ORLANDO ATLAS?
HE HIDES BY NIGHT! "SOLLY" ATLAS?
REEDY AND THE FIRE APES A-2256 CHARLTON
WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT TO BE ALIVE? CHIC STONE ACG
WILD,PRINCE OF THIEVES
S.S.S. [TEXT] CHARLTON
MYSTERIOUS BIRD DICK BECK ACG
NEMESIS;ASSIGNMENT PERILOUS! CHIC STONE ACG
JUDOMASTER;MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY! FRANK MCLAUGHLIN CHARLTON
THUNDER AGENTS;THE BLACK BOX OF DOOM! WOOD & CO. TOWER
LIGHTNING ;THE BLUE ALIEN SEKOWSKY TOWER
THUNDER;ENTER THE RAVEN CHIC STONE? TOWER
FLASH GORDON MEETS THE CRAGMEN OF THE LOST CONTINENT KING
SIMBA [TEXT] CHARLTON
TOKYO ROSE "S.J.G." CHARLTON
THE WATCHERS S3015 CHARLTON
AT THE END OF THE ROAD S1215 CHARLTON
BRICK BRADFORD PAUL NORRIS
NO.233 100 PAGES
UNDERSEA AGENT MEETS DR FANG TOWER
THE DANGEROUS DOLL KIRBY MARVEL
CHILD'S PLAY! L346
JOURNEY THROUGH TIME A-3268 CHARLTON
A SLIGHT CHANGE OF LUCK! PAUL REINMAN ACG?
THE EIFFEL TOWER PHANTOM! CITRON-HICKEY ACG
MISSING;FREDERICK FORBES! KURT SCHAFFENBERG ACG
WHILE SIMON SLEPT
THE GHOSTLY PATROL! HY EISMAN ACG
LOUIE'S LEPRECHAUN! H579 MARVEL
THE TROUBLE WITH MARCUS "FWB" MARVEL
THE MAN WHO CAME BACK S1395 CHARLTON
THE IMPOSSIBLE SPACESHIP! DON HECK MARVEL
THE END OF THE MEDIUM S371 CHARLTON
THE LAST ROCKET! X-52 [EARLY GENE COLAN?]
MYSTERIOUS TRAVELLER;SECRET MISSION DITKO CHARLTON
WHAT IS X-35? DITKO MARVEL
THE MAN IN THE MIRROR! DITKO MARVEL
GUNDAR! DITKO MARVEL
THE CAVE OF SHAGGDORR! DON HECK MARVEL
MIDNIGHT IN THE WAX MUSEUM KIRBY & AYERS MARVEL
WORK OF ART! LARRY LIEBER & SOL BRODSKY MARVEL
MY PAL JEREMY! OGDEN WHITNEY ACG
LAND OF MY DREAMS! PAUL REINMAN ACG?
SPOOK DETECTIVE! TOM HICKEY ACG
RACE INTO THE UNKNOWN!["FANFARE SERIES"]
BACK THROUGH TIME!
And you wonder why I grabbed this damaged freebie -the Ditko and Heck strips are classics!
Well, as always, if you can identify where a strip came from or who drew it because you have these issues let me know! Let's get straight to the fun, shall we?
NEMESIS;MENACE OF MAGIC CHIC STONE ACG
THE REVENGE OF THE WOODEN WOMAN DITKO MARVEL
TARGET AND THE TARGETEERS JOE CERTA
I WAS A PRISONER OF THE LIVING STATUES! JOHN FORTE
I DARED TO DEFY MERLIN'S BLACK MAGIC DITKO MARVEL
T.V. INVASION [TEXT]
AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT MARVEL
LOOK OUT! IT'S...WILDFIRE! EDD ASHE
GOOM!THE THING FROM PLANET X! KIRBY& AYERS MARVEL
THE SHADOW;SHIWAN KHAN'S MURDEROUS MASTER PLAN! ARCHIE
THE LONG SLEEP! GRAY MORROW MARVEL
I CAME FROM THE BLACK VOID DITKO MARVEL
MAN ON THE SCAFFOLD! DITKO MARVEL
THE FROZEN FRIGIDGARTUS [TEXT]
TANK TERROR NICHOLAS ALASCIA CHARLTON
THE INVADERS DITKO MARVEL
WAS HE JUST SEEING THINGS? H459 MARVEL
NOT NORMAL EARLY[?] DITKO MARVEL
OPERATION BLACKSNAKE DITKO CHARLTON
THE SHADOW;MARGO LANE'S HONEYMOON REINMAN ARCHIE
FLY-MAN'S TREACHEROUS TEAM-MATES REINMAN ARCHIE
WHAT LURKS WITHIN? KIRBY & AYERS["K+A"] MARVEL
TROUBLE BUBBLE [TEXT]
MR MIGGS FROM MERCURY! ACG?
A FORTUNE IN BEANS! DITKO MARVEL
CURSE OF THE SEAL MEN [TEXT] RICHARD KRAUS
X-MEN;WHAT IS..THE POWER? NEAL ADAMS & TOM PALMER MARVEL
X-MEN;THE MILLION DOLLAR ANGEL WERNER ROTH & VINCE COLLETTA MARVEL
X-MEN;WHERE ANGELS DARE TO TREAD ROTH & GRAINGER MARVEL
X-MEN;THE FLYING A-BOMB! ROTH & GRANGER MARVEL
THE TREASURE OF PLANETOID 12! DITKO MARVEL
THE MANIKINS! DITKO MARVEL
THE MAN WHO HATED MONSTRO! PAUL REINMAN MARVEL
THE DREAM CREATURES CONSTANZA? ACG?
DAREDEVIL;THE MYSTERIOUS MATADOR! WOOD MARVEL
JINGLES & WILD BILL HICKOK;CARNIVAL OF FEAR S1130
MY SON THE CREATURE PAUL REINMAN
CLEVER CARAVAN [TEXT]
OLD CAP HAWKINS' TRUE TALES R.S.RIOUS[?]
TEXAS RANGERS IN ACTION;THE OWLHOOT RANGER PAM [PETER A MORISI] CHARLTON
BARTON STREET A-4129 CHARLTON
MESSAGE FROM THE BEYOND REINMAN
THUNDERBOLT;THE EVIL THAT IS EVILA! PAM CHARLTON
THE ATMOSPHERE A-5262 CHARLTON
THE THREAT! L886
THE NIGHT OF MARCH 5TH ROBERT Q SALE MARVEL?
IT GROWS ON TREES! G-87
THOSE WHO DISAPPEAR! JOHN FORTE
MISTER MASON'S STRANGE PROBLEM M112 MARVEL?
INSIDE THE IRON MAN PAM CHARLTON
DON'T ANSWER THE PHONE! GRAY MORROW?
I SAVED MANKIND! JOHN FORTE MARVEL
PICTURES ON THE WALL CONSTANZA ACG?
ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN! DICK AYERS MARVEL
2PP AD FOR DENIS GIFFORD ALLY SLOPER T-SHIRT AND THE ALLY SLOPER NOSTALGIA COMIC [co-published by Alan Class & Gifford]
THE GHOST CAME C.O.D. M283
THE EERIE EXPERIMENT! JOHN Q SALE MARVEL?
THE LAST PATROL! PAUL REINMAN
TURN BACK THE CLOCK! JAY SCOTT PIKE MARVEL
THE GUERILLA! T-234
I UNLEASHED SHAGG UPON THE WORLD! KIRBY & AYERS MARVEL
THE SECRET OF THE MYSTIC RING ROBERT Q SALE MARVEL?
WITHDRAWL! DICK AYERS
THE ENEMY! JOE ORLANDO
I LEARNED THE MONSTROUS SECRET OF BOMBU! KIRBY& AYERS MARVEL
DYNAMO;THE SECRET IS.... WOOD TOWER
THE MAN IN THE IRON BOX! T-230
DYNAMO;DYNAMO'S DAY OFF! CHIC STONE TOWER
ESCAPE TO TOMORROW PAUL REINMAN
THE CREATURES FROM THE BOTTOMLESS PIT! DITKO
THE WORLD THAT WAS LOST! KIRBY & AYERS MARVEL
DYNAMO;THE WEAKEST MAN IN THE WORLD! CHIC STONE TOWER
NOTE; It is quite likely that the text stories are from Charlton as in at least two the Phantom Traveller is illustrated -ditto text stories from other Class Comics!
SECRETS OF THE UNKNOWN
Where-ever possible I have noted the comic company where the strip originated. If I cannot then I'll identify, if possible, the artist.
If anyone can add to this list and provide cover scans please get in touch!
THE JAGUAR'S LAST STAND artist:Constanza ARCHIE
THE LIVING PROOF " :Pete Tomlinson ATLAS
THE MERRY-GO-ROUND strip code G216
FROM OUT OF THE SMOG " G733
JAGUAR;THE LADY GODIVA ARCHIE
THE RAG DOLL! TARTAGLIONE ATLAS
THE MOVING WALLS L-778
THEY VANISH AT NIGHT TARTAGLIONE
JAGUAR;TIME OUT FOR TERROR ARCHIE
THE DEEP FREEZE G83 ATLAS
THE INVENTORS BILL BEMIKS
FAIR EXCHANGE G181 ATLAS
THE MAN IN THE SKY J581 ATLAS
NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK J797 ATLAS
THE EDGE OF THE CLIFF BILL WALTON ATLAS
THE PEACE-MONGER PAUL REINMAN ATLAS
THEY PASS BY NIGHT G778
THE BLACK BEARD GRAY MORROW
THOSE WHO VANISH GRAY MORROW ATLAS
THE TOTEM BILL EVERETT
THE ONE WHO WATCHES GENE COLAN
WHEN THE YOGI SPEAKS! L78
THE STRANGE SEED! L56 ATLAS
DYNAMO OPERATION ARMAGEDDON WOOD TOWER
LIGHTNING:THE AIR LASER SEKOWSY TOWER
NoMAN MEETS ANDOR TOWER
THE PHANTOM OF THE FARM! B.KRIGSTEIN ATLAS
THE MAN WHO DARED! DITKO MARVEL
I WALK THROUGH WALLS! P. REINMAN
I LIVED A MILLION YEARS! P. REINMAN
VULCAN;FURY OF THE WAR GOD FRACCIO & TALLARICO
MAGIC IN THE CIRCUS [TEXT]
THE TWO-HEADED GLIP CHARLTON
MOON TRAP CHARLTON
THE INCREDIBLE RULERS OF A.OG! CHARLTON
ACTION AT STATION 4!
THUNDERBOLT:GORE THE MAN-APE P.A.M. CHARLTON
MURDOCK'S BRAIN! JEF? EDWARDS MARVEL
THE THOUGHT STEALER MARVEL
BEHIND THE MASK JERRY ROBINSON
WHO WAITS IN THE FOG! MARVEL?
SECRET OF THE GLITTERING GLOB
THE WAX MAN! RICHARD DOXSEE
THE SHADOW:THE GAME OF DEATH REINMAN ARCHIE
NOT ALL GOLD GLITTERS
THE RETURN OF THE GORILLA-MAN KIRBY MARVEL
THE FLY;THE INVASION OF THE ROCKET MEN ARCHIE
Where-ever possible I have tried to identify the artist and originating company or strip reference number marked on artwork by the company. If you can identify or have issues not on this site please get in touch.
THE AVENGERS:MASTERS OF EVIL KIRBY/STONE MARVEL
CONQUEST LIEBER & BRODSKY MARVEL
THE WISH [TEXT]
MEET MR MEEK DON HECK MARVEL
NO HUMAN CAN BEAT ME KIRBY MARVEL
CAPT ATOM:THE 5 FACES OF DR SPECTRO DITKO
THE VOICE FROM NOWHERE G.WOODBRIDGE
THE EDGE OF MADNESS TARTAGLIONE
THE RECIPE [TEXT]
THE NIGHTMARE MEN MAC PAKULA
THE MAN WHO SAID "NO" D. HECK MARVEL?
DIVING DISASTER [TEXT]
PAID IN FULL! F689
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE U.F.O.? A-4084 CHARLTON
INSIDE THE HOUSE! G968 MARVEL
ABRA CADABRA G920 MARVEL
THROUGH THE VEIL! ROBERT Q. SALE MARVEL
THE MAN WHO HAD NO FEAR BILL FERULIS "
[originally from JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #31]
NIGHTMARE AT NOON A.TORRES MARVEL
MAN WITH WINGS K208 MARVEL
WHEN THE WALLS CLOSE IN! K222 MARVEL
TIMETABLE DAVY BERG H451
WHEN DAVE OPENED THE DOOR JOE SINNOTT
THE OLD MAN'S SECRET "SG" MARVEL
THE FLY:LXO III'S SECRET WEAPON ARCHIE
THE FLY:THE MAN WITH THE CHLORDANE HANDS! "
LAST OF HIS KIND! PETE CONSTANZA
THE CASE FOR E.S.P.! CHIC STONE ACG?
THE FLY;THE CYCLOPS FROM SPACE ARCHIE
ONE THIEVING CROW! CONSTANZA ACG?
BLUE BEETLE:THE EYE OF HORUS FRACCIO & TALLARICO CHARLTON
THE GLADIATOR'S WAR F & T? CHARLTON
ODD SKILLS [TEXT]
FOR THE BIRDS signature inelligible
FROM OUT OF NOWHERE! DICK AYERS MARVEL
"TRUE" GHOSTS OF HISTORY
GROTESQUE! DICK AYERS?
THE BLANK A. TORRES
HOTEL HOLD UP [TEXT]
THE IRON BRAIN! BILL FERULIS MARVEL