Federal Comics – how 1980s Australia received its DC Comics superheroes

Supergirl. Australia. 1984.

Supergirl N°6. Cover by Howard Bender and Dick Giordano. 1985. Federal Comics. Australia.

Wonder Woman N°5. Cover by R.A. and D.G. 1985. Federal Comics. Australia.

Action Comics N°11. Superman. Cover Eduardo Barreto. 1985. Federal Comics. Australia.

In today’s post, TVTA looks at some outstanding comic book covers and adverts from the DC Comics Australian Edition publisher.

The Federal Publishing Company Proprietary Limited, based in Waterloo, Australia, was granted special permission by DC to reprint and publish a host of DC titles under the name Federal Comics to Australian readers.

TVTA is pleased to present some of these examples, featuring artwork by Dick Giordano, José Luís Garcia López, Ross Andru, Romeo Tanghal, Jerry Ordway, Terry Shoemaker, Howard Bender, Karl Kesel, Keith Giffen, Larry Mahlstedt, Mike Machlan, and Eduardo Barreto – this post offers a glimpse at how DC Comics characters were presented to an Australian audience in the mid 1980s.

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’80-’87, comic book art and covers

Wonder Woman 265, 1980. Cover Andru / Giordano.

Welcome to another selection of comic book art, covers and ads. In this instalment we showcase DC characters as seen in the 1980s, and feature cover artwork by Dan Jurgens, Raphael Kayanan, Dick Giordano and Ross Andru, Gil Kane, George Perez, Eduardo Barreto and Romeo Tanghal. Also for your viewing pleasure are DC adverts featuring  Aquaman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Suicide Squad, Batman and more! 

As always, thanks for looking 🙂 


Aquaman. 1985.

The Flash. 1986.

Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld. 1982.

Hex. 1985.

Tales of the Teen Titans 49, 1984. Cover George Perez.


Suicide Squad. 1986.

Wonder Woman Wonder Words, 1983.


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’75-’88, comic book art and covers

Wonder Woman N°240. 1978. Garcia Lopez et Dick Giordano.

Welcome, vintage mates, to another selection of comic book art, covers and ads. In this instalment we span the years 1975 to 1988 and feature a DC-heavy dose of amazing cover work from the likes of Garcia Lopez, Dick Giordano, Dan Jurgens, Karl Kezel, Ross Andru, Jan Duursema and Jack Kirby, along with DC adverts for Stick-ons, medallions and Superman: The Movie.

As always, thanks for looking 🙂 


Tales of the Legion of Superheroes N°321. 1985. Dan Jurgens et Karl Kezel.

Superman N°334. 1979. Ross Andru and Dick Giordano.

The Super Friends N°45. 1981. Schaffenberger et Smith.

Atlas N°1. 1975. Jack Kirby.

Power Girl. 1978.

Arion N°6. 1983. Jan Duursema.

Superman Double Dynamite. 1979.

Superman: The Movie. 1979.

Superman 50th birthday medallion. 1988.

Wonder Woman newspaper strip. 1979.

DC Super-hero Stick-ons. 1979.


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’74-’85, comic book art and covers

Marvel 50th Premiere. Alice Cooper. 1979. US.

Welcome, vintage mates, to another selection of comic book art, covers and ads. In this instalment we span the years 1974 to 1985 and feature titles from the US and UK. Included (above) is my childhood copy of Marvel’s Alice Cooper – Tales From the Inside. I didn’t know very much about Alice Cooper back in the late seventies apart from the song ‘School’s Out’ – but the crazy story inside that 12p comic managed to fully capture my imagination as a child… and who could resist that cover?

Other comic book goodies included today are Godzilla King of the Monsters (below), more superb examples of the striking cover art as seen in DC’s Weird War Tales, and titles and ads for Marvel, Star Comics, Starlog, Starburst, Doctor Who and Fantasy Modeling.

As always, thanks for looking 🙂 

Marvel Comic N°338. 1979. UK.


Weird War Tales

Weird War Tales N°32. 1974. US.

Weird War Tales N°78. 1979. US.


Various titles