Cover Gallery: Whitman Reprints

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In the late 1970s/early 1980s, Whitman had a deal with DC Comics to reprint their comics and package them for sale in retail outlets like Woolworth’s, Sears, K-Mart, etc. They were packaged in plastic as a 2 pack or 3 pack, usually of the same title. The appearance of the packaging would vary. Whitman also apparently reprinted Marvel comics in a similar fashion, but their cover designs were not so significantly altered, which is why this gallery is focusing on the DC Whitmans.

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These comics could be differentiated by the DC Bullet being altered to include the Whitman logo in pace of the letters in the bullet and the Whitman logo being placed in the stead of the issue number and cover date., among other variations. This did make for some unattractive designs at times, and odd replacements, such as the comic sometimes being titled on the cover as “Whitman Comics Presents.”

famousfirsteditionc61 supes_aliWhitman also reprinted two, larger Treasury Editions, one being Superman vs. Muhammad Ali and Famous First Editions: Action Comics #1. So far, I have no information on how these were packaged, if at all, or displayed or what outlets they were sold at. They do remain a neat addition to this list.

Sgt. Rock #330 is a possible variant according to my first source, The Comic Book Hunter & Gatherer, but I can find no cover image of the Whitman variant, so its existence cannot be verified. The Sgt. Rock #329 variant seems to be more rare among the Whitman variants. To make collecting individual issues a little more challenging, some collectors even go the extra step of collecting unopened bags. Values for comics from opened bags are comparable to regular newsstand editions, with perhaps a few dollars more being asked for Whitman variants.

Below is one of the largest cover galleries we will probably ever do, but this is all of the covers, taken from the Grand Comics Database, Comics Price Guide, and an archived gallery from STL Comics.

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action487 action488 action489 action490 action491
action492 action495 action496 action497 action499
action501 action502 action503 action504 action505
batman306 batman307 batman308 batman311 batman312
batman313 batman314 batman315 batman316 batman317
batman318 batman319 batman320 batman323 batman324
batman326 batb145 batb146 batb147 batb150
batb151 batb152 batb153 batb154 batb155
batb156 batb157 batb158 batb159 batb165
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dcp10 dcp11 dcp12 flash268 flash273
flash274 flash275 flash276 flash278 flash283
flash286 GL116 GL117 gl118 GL119
gl121 jla158 jla160 jla161 jla162
jla166 jla167 jla168 jla169 jla171
jla172 jla173 jla179 jla181 slosh244
slosh245 slosh246 slosh247 slosh248 slosh251
slosh252 slosh253 slosh254 slosh255 slosh256
slosh258 losh261 losh263 losh264 losh266
sgtrock329 sf13 sf14 sf15 sf16
sf20 sf21 sf22 sf23 sf25
superman325 superman326 superman327 superman329 superman330
superman331 superman332 superman335 superman336 superman337
superman338 superman339 superman340 superman341 superman342
superman343 superman344 superman345 superman348 superman350
warlord22 ww250 ww251 ww252 ww255
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For those of you needing a written checklist, here it is:

ActionComics-481,482,483,485,486,487,488,489,490,491,495,496,497,498,499,501,502,503,504, 505,507,508
Batman- 306,307,308,311,312,313,314,315,316,317,318,319,320,323,324,326
Brave and the Bold- 145,146,147,150,151,152,153,154,155,156,157,158,159,165
DC Comics Presents- 1,2,3,4,9,10,11,12,14,15,16,19,21
Flash- 268,273,274,275,276,278,283,286
Green Lantern/Green Arrow- 116,117,118,119,121
Justice League of America- 158,160,161,162,166,167,168,169,171,172,173,176,179,181
Legion of Super-Heroes- 261,263,264,266
New Adventures of Superboy- 1,2,5,6,8
Sgt. Rock- 329
Super Friends- 13,14,15,16,20,21,22,23,25,32
Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes- 244,245,246,247,248,251,252,253,254,255,256,257,258
Superman-321,322,323,325,326,327,329,330,331,332,335,336,337,338,339,340,314,342,343,344, 345,348,350
Warlord- 22
Wonder Woman- 250,251,252,255,256,257,258,259