This is important for certain UK comic collectors for trying to date their undated comics -as Alan Class pointed out in his CBO interview, dates were never printed on his books for a commercial reason. So, any marked 1/- (one shilling) were pre-1971, when the cover price became 5p (yes, as people realise now, we got screwed financially with the change over.
In those crazy old days, unsold copies of US comics were returned to the distributor. UK comics were eventually returned to the publisher. However, as most US comics of that period were arriving on these shores as "ballast" Thorpe & Porter could not return the unsold copies.
What to do??
Thorpe and Porter had an idea. Rip the original covers off the comics (what a criminal act -I still cry!) so certain legal and financial aspects were gotten rid of -especially a newsagent asking why the bloody hell he was being sent the comics that never sold in the first place? So, covers ripped off, T&P put together two comics to make a double. Then realised if they put four 32 pagers (complete with ad pages) together they would have 128 pages and it would be a "double-double comic" -that little quip helped name the books.
But there were not equal returns (obviously) of the hit-and-miss titles mix. Therefore, even though some covers looked the same they did not all have the same content. For instance, the above is Action Double Double Comics no.4 which, amongst others included Action Comics 361 of March, 1968 and -still my favourite comic- The Brave And The Bold 75 of "Dec-Jan" 1967 featuring Batman and the Spectre!
And below is Action Double Double Comics no. 4...! Containing treats like Action Comics 358 of January, 1968 and The Brave And The Bold 73 of Aug-Sept, 1967 featuring Aquaman and the Atom.
So, until I accidentally knocked one copy off the rack onto the floor and saw it contained different comics (VERY confusing to a kid) I had no idea.
Most of mine were lost but let me tell you they were worth buying. A comic might cost you 1/- (5p) but for just under the cost of two comics you got four -come on:a no-brainer!
Later the cover price rose to 2/- 6d and at that I said no. I could buy a big packet of Plasticine and a couple comics for that "half-a-crown" as we used to call 2/- 6d --the "d" symbol for a penny came from the Roman "denarius" by the way.
There was another problem if that sort of thing bugged you. Some covers had no issue number -as in the examples below. Did that matter if two copies of an issue no. 4 with the same cover had two sets of different strips in?
You tell me.
One thing -be very aware that some dealers will try to get very high prices from you if you want to buy one of these. I can tell you that a comic collector I knew spent £10 + £2.00 postage and handling to get the individual issues collected in one of these T&P books. £12.00. Two dealers had wanted £20+ for that particular T&P collection.
Gotta love the comic industry!
但也有不打了小姐冠军组合的回报率相等（显然）。因此，即使有些封面看起来都一样，他们没有都具有相同的内容。举例来说，上面的是行动双人大床漫画四号其中，其中包括包括行动漫画三361，1968和 - 还是我最喜欢的漫画，勇敢和“月 - 日”1967年特色蝙蝠侠和幽灵大胆75 ！
最雷的是失去了，但让我告诉你，他们是值得购买的。一本漫画可能会花费你1 / - （5P），但略低于两个漫画的成本你得到了四来吧：一个没有脑子！
后来盖价格上涨到2 / - 6D和我说没有。我可以买橡皮泥的大包和一对夫妇的漫画为“半个皇冠”，因为我们习惯叫2 / - 6D - 在“D”符号一分钱来自罗马“银钱”的方式。
还有另外一个问题，如果诸如此类的事情烦扰你。有些盖均无发行数量，如下面的例子。的确，如果一个问题的两个副本没有此事。4使用相同的盖有两套不同的条带在？ 你告诉我。 有一件事，是非常清楚，一些经销商会尝试，如果你想购买其中的一个从你获得非常高的价格。我可以告诉你，一个漫画收藏家，我知道花了10英镑+2.00英镑邮资和处理，以获得在收集这些T＆P一本书的个别问题。12.00英镑。二级经销商本来想20英镑+该特定T＆P集合。