Russ Cochran, a pioneer of deluxe comic reprints through his past efforts reprinting classic comics of the ’50s, has just launched a new publication called SUNDAY FUNNIES, which will reprint classic Sunday comic strips in full color:
THE SUNDAY FUNNIES is a monthly 32 page full size comic section, containing historic Sunday pages from as far back as 1895, and including favorites such as GASOLINE ALLEY, LITTLE NEMO, KRAZY KAT, and many other classic Sunday pages that you’ve probably never seen before.
Each issue of THE SUNDAY FUNNIES will be a full size 22″x16″ comic section, containing full page Sunday comics in full color. These pages are coming from the archives of Ohio State University, which, thanks to Bill Blackbeard, has the largest and most comprehensive collection of Sunday comics in existence. The retail price will be $10 and I will be selling subscriptions, 12 monthly issues for $100. My print runs for these historic sections will be low and I expect to sell out the first few issues, so get your order in now before it’s too late.
The first three issues are available and can be purchased for $30 plus $9 ($21 outside US) shipping. A subscription is $100 plus $25 shipping ($55 outside US).
Several alternative newspapers featuring comics have ended their runs lately — including POOD — but maybe the classic model of newspaper strips in an actual newspaper will find enough patrons to continue.
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