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Charlton Variant Info (19th May 19 at 3:26am UTC)
Stumbled across this site:

http://jonmcclurescomics.com/history.html

Much of the Charlton info has been covered here to some degree or another, but here is what it says:

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Charlton Publications (See King Features and Modern Promotions)


Blue Bird Comics (1959-1965) are Type 3b promotional reprints of Charlton comics, used to promote Blue Bird Shoes: funny animal, hot rod, humor, mystery, war and western titles exist, and issues published in the same year often share the same issue number on the cover, regardless of the book reprinted, with different shoe store names printed directly onto the covers, instead of stamped on like Buster Brown Comics (1945-1959). King Features published new books as educational tools, but a handful of King Features comics were Charlton reprints with activities replacing original ads. Beetle Bailey #67-68(2, 4/69), and #71-73(10-11/69, 1/70) exist as promotional freebies. Charlton Classics Library (1973) Vol. 10, #1, (title: 1776), supposedly exists as a theatre giveaway and a Newsstand Edition, but no theater Variant has surfaced; perhaps Newsstand Editions were given away at the premiere, creating the rumor of a separate promotional edition. Teen-Age Love #22(9/61) exists as a Type 10a Variant with no cover price. At least one Type 10b Variant apparently exists with blank inside covers: U.S. Air Force #18(10/61). Some nn issues of My Little Margie and Robin Hood and his Merry Men also exist with blank inside covers, and others are likely to exist.


Texas Rangers in Action #32(3/62) exists as a Type 1 Test Market 15 cent Cover Price Variant. All comic publishers considered raising prices in 1961, and by mid 1962 all standard comics cost between 12 and 15 cents each. The following 16 issues from March 1962 may exist as Type 1 Test Market Price Variants: Brides in Love #29, Fightin Air Force #31, Fightin Army #45, High-School Confidential Diary #11, Hot Rods and Racing Cars #56, Konga #5, Lil Genius #37, Love Diary #20, My Little Margie #40, Nurse Betsy Crane #15, Romantic Story #59, Six-Gun Heroes #67, Space War #15, Submarine Attack #32, Teen Confessions #16, and Timmy the Timid Ghost #31. Earlier and later examples may exist. Type 1a Canadian Price Variants exist from for all books cover dated 2/83 to 8/84. Some Charlton comics with cover dates from at least 5/61 through 11/63 exist as Type 1a Pence Cover Price Variants, as do some issues with cover dates from at least 10/73 through 5/76. 1957 saw some test market experimentation with funny animal, romance, and war titles, but these were regular editions stamped with a pence price. Haunted #62(7/82) exists as a Type 10b Variant with inverted contents.


Furthermore, the types mentioned are these:

Type 3b
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Type 3b Variants: Licensed after-market reprints promoting a business partner with changes and/or omissions made to the cover, sometimes with a back-up story replaced to fit the theme of the product, and/or with the centerfold replaced by an ad. The cover may include the name of the business partner, and such Variants are sometimes given away as premiums, with or without a cover price. Some books say complimentary copy on the cover. Specific issues may be reprinted but all issues may have the same issue number on the cover. The current copyright date appears in the indicia, and the back and/or inside covers and pages may contain ads from one or more sponsors. One good example is the many reprints of Action Comics #1.


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Type 10a Variants: Cover printing errors unknown to the publisher, in limited distribution, with most issues released as originally intended. Missing information and/or incorrect colors are the common elements. One notorious example is Fantastic Four #110 featuring a green Thing, with blue faces and pink uniforms on the others.


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Type 10b Variants: Internal printing errors unknown to the publisher, in limited distribution, such as pages out of sequential order, a missing centerfold, zero to four cover staples, inverted and/or unintended contents, multiple covers, etc., with limited distribution. Sandman #9, with Bergers commentary instead of Khans editorial, and Sandman #18-19 with pages out of sequence, both serve as examples. Recalled books that contain inappropriate or adult content due to an editorial oversight also qualify.


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Type 1 Variants: Cover Price Test Market Variants with regional or otherwise limited distribution, published simultaneously with standard or regular editions. Such Variants exist because publishers want to test the market prior to raising prices. The indicia and all aspects of the book, except for the cover price, are identical to regular editions. Examples include Marvel 30 and 35 cent Variants, and Archie 15 cent Variants.


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Type 1a Variants: Cover Price Variants intended for foreign distribution with limited regional distribution, published simultaneously with standard or regular editions. The indicia and all aspects of the book, except for the cover price and sometimes the company logo, are identical to regular U.S. editions. One example is the Marvel Pence Price Variants, with the Marvel All-Colour Comics cover banners. Other examples include the Canadian Gold Key and Whitman Cover Price Variants.


I haven't sifted through all of that. Mainly saving it for future reference.

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Re: Charlton Variant Info (19th May 19 at 2:09pm UTC)
Jon's a good man, steeped in comic variant history. I've had a few good debates with him by email, and have updated him on all things pence and 15cv for Charlton. I drafted a paragraph for his next Overstreet report, summarising what is currently known to exist. He knows his website is due an overhaul so bear that in mind when reading {Cool}
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