Dell Popeye #21 (a forgery?)

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Dell Popeye #21 (a forgery?)

Postby deutronium » Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:38 pm

I have a question about a comic book I purchased, but cannot find any info on it.

It is a DELL POPEYE 1979. The cover states date of Dec. and price of "PE 101", but It has the original cover of Dell Popeye #21 from 1952

I believe it originated in Manila, because there are ads in it where you can send for "Alemar's Family Of Media Characters Fan Club, P.O. Box 2119 Manila.

It does not have any publishing info on the inside cover like US comics have.

I bought it thru the mail for $16 because the shop sold it as an original dell from 1952.

Was this comic worth it, or should I return it?

Thanks for the help!!![/color]

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Re: Dell Popeye #21 (a forgery?)

Postby mikebo » Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:07 pm

I've seen reference to Dell / Gold Key licensing their titles to Filipino publishers in the 1960s & 70s at least. These eBay listings have some scarce details about two such publishers:

An official Dell Popeye dated 1979 couldn't exist. Dell's partnership with Western ended in 1962, and many of the titles including Popeye were moved to the Gold Key imprint then. Dell went out of business in the early 70s, so an issue dated 1979 would definitely be a reprint from another publisher.

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