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Micron Combat Library

Post by Adam Eterno » 01 Oct 2019, 09:30

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01 Oct 2019, 08:08
Just going through the comics I picked up from the Swapmeet and I find that I have doubled my colection of Micron Combat Library by picking up Issue 70. Looking around the interweb thingy and I find that these text libraries lasted to at least issue 76. The one other fact I can add from the indicia is that they were published on the fifteenth of each month.

Does anyone know the definitive final issue? Or any additional information on these text libraries which appears to be the last hurrah of this format?
Are these the ones that followed on from the GM Smith versions? Starting at #53 or #54ish? Have you got a scan of your #70 please as it will help me know which ones. There were so many around at that time!

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Post by colcool007 » 01 Oct 2019, 13:45

Adam Eterno wrote:
01 Oct 2019, 09:30
colcool007 wrote:
01 Oct 2019, 08:08
Just going through the comics I picked up from the Swapmeet and I find that I have doubled my colection of Micron Combat Library by picking up Issue 70. Looking around the interweb thingy and I find that these text libraries lasted to at least issue 76. The one other fact I can add from the indicia is that they were published on the fifteenth of each month.

Does anyone know the definitive final issue? Or any additional information on these text libraries which appears to be the last hurrah of this format?
Are these the ones that followed on from the GM Smith versions? Starting at #53 or #54ish? Have you got a scan of your #70 please as it will help me know which ones. There were so many around at that time!
Yes, they continue on as the name change was from G M Smith Publishing to Micron Publishing at some point between 1960 and 1961. How many have you got now? With those that you have got, can you check what month each one was published in? As this will give me data points to figure out if they were published two or three per month.

As it started in 1959 and finished in 1962, the slightly hard part will be to find out how many were published each month. No 70 states it was published in January 1962 and that they were released on the 15th of each month.

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Post by colcool007 » 06 Oct 2019, 10:29

Doug made the suggestion that I contact the Commando and British Weekly Comics group to see if anyone else had information on the Combat Library and Boy! Did that pay off!

First up James Connolly advised that he is also a collector of these and has managed to put together a list of all but 8 of the titles up to issue 76.

Steve Holland added in that this title ran for 86 issues and the publication cycle was two issues per month.

Mark McLauchlan, a collector from Adelaide then tells us he has issue 88 which also features titles for 89 and 90!

For my interest in all things Micron and G M Smith publishing, I can thank pawbroon for breaking through my resistance in collecting picture libraries other than Commando, Starblazer and Football.
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Post by Phoenix » 06 Oct 2019, 14:50

colcool007 wrote: For my interest in all things Micron and G M Smith publishing, I can thank pawbroon for breaking through my resistance in collecting picture libraries other than Commando, Starblazer and Football.
Paw Broon!!!!! Now there's a name from the past. According to his 'Viewing Profile' he has not been active on this platform since Wednesday 27 June 2018, roughly a year and a quarter. He was a pleasant guy who usually had interesting comments to make, and was happy to join in discussions, so hopefully he is still well. Confirmation awaited.

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Re: Micron Combat Library

Post by granpaw broon » 06 Oct 2019, 17:03

Phoenix, Thank you for the nice words. As the site wouldn't let me sign in or change my p/w - and given my advanced years, I've re-registered as granpaw broon.
I've been involved with CB+ for years and it sometimes takes up a lot of time. Plus, my embracing of digital has had me following all sorts of obscure internet trails, finding and corresponding with a few guys who have a love for old Euro comics. Not wishing to offend anyone's sensibilities, I wont go into the researching and digital compiling of old newspaper strips. So much done we thought - so very much more to discover and do, we realise.
Colin, thanks for the name check. Pocket libraries do seem to have something to suit everyone, don't they? As I don't collect war libraries, my collection is much smaller than that of others but my selection of European pocket libraries does boost the number a bit. But Micron and GM Smith, well, that'll take a long time to collect even a good percentage of the output.
Don't know how you're doing with Famepress but I enjoy Radar, an Italian strip translated for the UK market published by Famepress and printed in Italy and, fascinatingly for me, later reprinted by Arthur White (AW) retitled as Wonderman.

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Re: Micron Combat Library

Post by colcool007 » 06 Oct 2019, 17:28

The Micron collection is building slowly but surely. Now that I have almost completed my run of Commando (only 3 to go so if anyone has 370, 458 or 4193 for a swap, I am very interested!), I am sure that I will find another rabbit hole to go down. I even picked up my very first Micron Romance Picture Libraries last weekend!
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