A good chunk of my comics collection was given to me by my Uncle Kevin, and it has long been our hope to see Kreigh Collins’ comics published in book form.
Just released and available on Amazon.com, Kevin the Bold: Sunday Adventures, is a 154-page collection including all the comics published from September 5, 1954 to June 2, 1957. In their entirety are 14 different sequences with over 140 comics.
Kevin the Bold: Sunday Adventures features Kevin’s exploits on land and sea, from England to Italy to Eastern Europe. Villains include the evil Russian ruler Sarrov, whose plan to “Create disturbances in all Europe… thus we will grow stronger as others grow weak” resonates today. Also featured are Collins’ gorgeous landscapes, seascapes, beautiful damsels in distress, and dramatic action sequences.
Plans are afoot for other books featuring Kreigh Collins’ comics, and I’ll be sure to keep you posted.
Many U.S. Golden Age comics were printed and distributed in Australia throughout the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Tip-Top and Thriller were two publishers that first brought Kreigh Collins’s comics down under. Tip-Top No. 3 features later “Mitzi McCoy” comics, and No. 4 covers the opening sequence of “Kevin the Bold.” I’m not sure which comics are found inside the pages of No. 5; No. 6 has a hodge-podge of “Mitzi” (from 1949–50) and “Kevin” (1952) with no logical sequencing. Apparently the target demographic wasn’t overly concerned with continuity. The 24-page books would typically feature 20 Sundays’ worth of tabloid versions of the comics, plus the cover and a couple pages of ads.
These “Australian Editions” are highly sought after due to their affordable prices and unique covers. The covers repurposed dramatic panels from the comics with backgrounds and dialogue eliminated (as shown in Thriller No. 24, which uses the opening panel from the December 24, 2950 “Kevin”).