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A Brief History of UK Silver Age Archie Comics

By Rik Offenberger

Alan Class & Co., Ltd.

Alan Class worked in the import business, importing American film, detective and romance magazines. From 1959 until 1989 Alan Class published thousands of 9-1/4" x 7-1/4" black and white reprint comics that featured material from Atlas, Marvel, ACG, Charlton, Archie and other American publishers.

 

The main titles were, Amazing Tales CREEPY WORLDS 1-249, Amazing Stories SINISTER TALES 1-227, Amazing Stories of SUSPENSE 1-235, Strange Suspense Stories ASTOUNDING STORIES 1-195, Strange Suspense stories UNCANNY TALES 1-187, Strange Tale of Suspense SECRETS of the UNKNOWN 1-249, however he also published Amazing Space Tales OUT of this WORLD volume one 1-22, volume two 1-9, Journey into DANGER 1-8, Tales of the Supernatural WEIRD PLANETS 1-23, Blazing Trails 1-3, Just Dennis 1-5, Outer Space and 1-8, Tales of the Underworld 1-9, as well as a few one shots, such as Eerie Tales 1, Space Adventures Presents Space Trip To the Moon 1 and Tales Of The Supernatural 1.

 

In 1971, Alan Class began to issue reprints of the earlier issues, "reprints of reprints" they had the same stories and covers as the earlier issues. Higher printing costs and diminished circulation eventually caused Alan Class & Co. to stop publishing in 1989.

 

 

The Mighty Crusaders Guide to 

Alan Class & Co., Ltd.

 

Amazing Stories of 

SUSPENSE

85        3 Fly stories with cover  

86        1 Fly story, 1 Shield story

88        2 Fly stories with cover, and 1 Flygirl story

90        3 Jaguar stories with cover

90        1 Steel Sterling story with cover,  and 1 Fox story

97        3 Fly & Flygirl stories

100      1 Jaguar story

105      1 Fly story with cover

217      1 Fly story

224      3 Jaguar stories with cover

235      1 Fly story, and 1 Shield story

 

Amazing Stories 

SINISTER TALES

76        1 Fly story by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby

84        2 Fly stories, and 1 Flygirl story  

89        1 Mighty Crusaders, 1 Fly, and 1 Jaguar story

91        1 Fly story, and 1 Jaguar story

93        1 Jaguar story

94        1 Fly-Man, 1 Black Hood, 1 Shield, and 1 Jaguar story

220      2 Jaguar stories with cover, and 1 Fly story

 

Amazing Tales 

CREEPY WORLDS

100      2 Jaguar stories, and 1 Fly story

105      2 Fly story, 1 Flygirl story,  and 1 Jaguar story

107      1 Fly story

109      2 Fly stories, and 2 Jaguar stories

113      1 Fly story, and 1 Web story

165      2 Fly stories with cover

169      1 Jaguar story

243      3 Jaguar stories, and 1 Fly story

 

Strange Suspense stories 

ASTOUNDING STORIES

52        3 Fly stories with cover

55        1 Fly story, 1 Mr. Justice story, and 1 Black Hood story

60        1 Fly story

64        2 Fly stories with cover, 1 Flygirl, and 2 Jaguar stories

70        3 Jaguar stories with cover

71        3 Jaguar stories

94        2 Shield stories, and 1 Fly story

96        3 Fly stories with cover

115      3 Jaguar stories, and 1 Fly story

117      1 Jaguar story with cover

120      1 Fly

121      2 Jaguar stories with cover

122      1 Black Hood story, 1 Mr. Justice story, and 1 Fly story

124      3 Jaguar story with cover

125      1 Fly story

126      1 Shield, 1 Black Hood, and 1 Fly by Simon &  Kirby

130      1 Fly story, and 1 Flygirl story

144      2 Jaguar stories with cover, 1 Fly story

146      1 Jaguar story

161      1 Fly story, and 1 Flygirl story  

186      2 Black Hood stories

189      1 Fly story

 

Strange Suspense stories 

UNCANNY TALES

95        1 Fly story by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby

121      1 Fly story by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby

123      2 Shadow stories with cover

126      1 Black Hood story with cover, and 1 Mighty Crusaders  

155      1 Fly story

156      1 Mighty Crusaders story

 

Strange Tale of Suspense 

SECRETS of the UNKNOWN

94        1 Shield and Web story with cover, and 2 Fly stories

98        1 Mighty Crusaders story

104      3 Jaguar stories with cover

106      1 Fly story, and 1 Jaguar story

111      1 Fly story with cover, 1 Shield story, and 1 Web story

230      1 Shadow story, and 1 Fly story

247      1 Mighty Crusaders story, and 1 Fly story

 

  

Created by Rik Offenberger September 18, 2003

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