I have a question for you pertaining to a comic book that I recently purchased titled “TALES FROM THE CRYPT” #20 and whether or not it is a version released in Canada. There’s a maple leaf in the upper left hand corner of the cover and it says it was published by a comic book company called Superior Co. Is that a real company? If so, would you also let me know W-H-E-N it was published, specifically the Y_E_A_R?!!! Thanks Again!
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Superior Publishing was a comics publisher based in Toronto that was active between the years 1947 and 1956.
After WWII, the Liberal government re-introduced an import ban that included US comics. Canadian comics publishers were allowed to reprint and repackage US comics, and this lead to a boom in Canadian comics publishing as many companies sought the reprint rights to popular US comics (instead of creating original ones). Superior was the leading company at the time to do this, but unlike their counterparts, they also published original comics as well.
Superior acquired the rights to repackage EC Comics in 1949. Although the import ban was eliminated in 1951 (and American comics flooded over the border again to the delight of many – forcing many Canadian companies that were only reprinting US comics to close), Superior continued to reprint and repackage many US titles – including EC titles — until the mid-1950’s.
By 1955, the anti-horror comics sentiment had spread far and wide in North America, and Superior ceased production on all horror comics publications (original and reprinted) completely that year. They limped along for an additional year with romance and war comics before closing their doors in 1956 and effectively ending comics publishing in English Canada for decades.
The US edition of Tales from the Crypt #20 (the first issue of the title, incidentally) is cover dated October/November 1950, so I would surmise that since Superior had the rights to repackage EC Comics from 1949 on, that the Canadian edition was issued shortly afterward, but I’m afraid that I don’t know the exact lag time between first US publication and the Canadian repackaged edition. So to answer your question – it was published in late 1950/early 1951.
Hope that helped!