Friday, April 15, 2016
New Fun - British Empire Edition
New Fun - The Big Comic Magazine was the first title ever published by DC Comics, at that time known as National Allied Publications. The first issue came out with a cover date of February 1935 and it lasted just six issues before becoming New Comics. Each of those comics are, of course, very rare and highly collectable. Issue six, the final issue, is thought to be the rarest of the set, but is also more highly sought after than the others (except for the first issue) as it features the first comic strips ever published by Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to find a copy of New Fun #6 in a nearby junk shop, hidden in a stack of comics and I picked it up for £5. However, this particular copy was the 'British Empire Edition'. Dated a month later and with a price tag of one shilling, this is the only known copy to surface since it was published - you will find nothing online or in the history books.
Aside from the above edits, nothing else was changed in the comic. It still has U.S. prices and addresses inside, and you'll even notice on the cover it says 'color' instead of 'colour'.
I don't know if 'British Empire Editions' of any of the other six issues were produced, or if they were made for other early DC Comics, but I doubt we will ever find out.