Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Retro Foreign: Indonesian Comics (Part 7)

These two Indonesian comics are actually the same comic with different covers.  One has a photo cover and the other an art cover.  This is a marketing tool that many modern publishers use with comics in the U.S.  For example, Star Wars Tales #5 - 25 released by Dark Horse Comics contain both photo and art covers.  It is cool seeing this with a foreign comic from the late 1970s/early 1980s.  Was it used to entice collectors to buy more than one copy?  Or did the publisher feel that offering two different covers would attract more readers?  Maybe one was published earlier than the other?

Star Wars Collection - Yayasan Karya Bhakti Bandung, Indonesia (late 1970s/early 1980s)
same interior as Star Wars - Yayasan Karya Bhakti Bandung (18 July 1978)
and Star Wars Episode #2 - Yayasan Karya Bhakti Bandung (30 September 1978)
Star Wars Collection - Yayasan Karya Bhakti Bandung, Indonesia (late 1970s/early 1980s)
same interior as Star Wars - Yayasan Karya Bhakti Bandung (18 July 1978)
and Star Wars Episode #2 - Yayasan Karya Bhakti Bandung (30 September 1978)
In addition to having the same interior as each other, these comics also have the same interior as the two Star Wars comics published by Yayasan Karya Bhakti Bandung in July and September of 1978[1] meaning these comics are a collection or album.  It is probable the unsold returns of those issues were repackaged as this comic with a new wrapper cover which is common in many foreign countries.  In this case however, the comics were repackage with two different covers and the original covers are not included inside the collection.

If you recall, the comics this collection contains were published out of order.  The first issue contains Marvel Comics Star Wars #4 -6 and the second issue contains Marvel Star Wars #1 - 3.  Like those comics, this collection also publishes the content out of order with the first half of the book containing the last half of the Star Wars adaptation and the second half contain the first half of the adaptation.  It isn't clear why the comics were packaged this way, but at least the publisher was consistent.

References:

  1. Retro Foreign: Indonesian Star Wars (Part 5)

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