Footrot Flats Comic Books
Murray Ball, a New Zealand cartoonist, began creating Footrot Flats comic books in 1976 and retired the publications in 1995. The series of Footrot Flats comics appeal to a wide range of collectors who amass these stories about a main character named 'Dog' owned by Wal Footrot. The humorous cartoons, which were also published in 200 papers in New Zealand and Australia, portray how a man and his dog face the perils of running a farm. To expand your comic book collection, consider the 27 volumes of Footrot Flats comics as well as the Weekender series and special edition publications.
In what formats can I purchase Footrot Flats comic books?
Hardcover Footrot Flats books are available in collector's editions, such as 'The Dog Strip' in which the author-illustrator shares background information about the characters. Likewise, you can collect hardcover first editions of the Weekender or paperbacks of the 27-volume classic series. Mixed lot collections are available for collectors who prefer collecting comics in bulk quantities.
What grades are available?
These vintage comic books are categorised by grade to help you decide which ones to purchase. Near mint grade Footrot comic books have minor defects, such as minimal creasing, but boast like new appearance. You'll also find specimens that range from heavily-worn fair grades, good examples that may have missing pages, or very fine grades exhibiting spine stress marks or slight wear on the covers.
What eras are available?
The Footrot Flats volumes were published in the late 1970s, 1980s and 1990s along with individual pocket books, such as 'They've put custard with my bone!' published in 1983. Eight publications of the Weekender series ran from 1985 to 1998 and twenty-one issues of 'The Puppydog Footrot Flats' were released in 1995. You'll find Murray Ball collector's editions ranging from 1986 to 2014 as well as reprints from selected years.
How should I store comic books?
Use acid-free storage containers like comic bags to preserve your Footrot Flats collection. Normally packaged in packs of 100, they are made of clear polypropylene so you can see the contents. You should also place acid-free cardboard backing behind the comics to prevent page creasing.