My Vintage Winnie-the-Pooh Comic Book Collection Is Finally Complete! ~ snymed

Thursday, January 09, 2014

My Vintage Winnie-the-Pooh Comic Book Collection Is Finally Complete!

It Took Me Decades to Finish My Pooh Comic Book Collection!
When I was a 5-year old child in 1977, I was delighted to find a Walt Disney Presents Winnie-the-Pooh comic book at the corner store!  This was especially fortunate, as Pooh bear was my very favourite Disney character.  So, as my brother chose a Richie Rich comic book, I snapped up Winnie-the-Pooh comic book, issue #2 from Gold Key comics for just .30¢.  I read the comic for years until it was in tatters.

Very quickly, I fell in love with the colourful Pooh comics, with their charming and comedic covers.  I would look for them constantly when my parents allowed me to get a "treat" at the variety store.  I did not find them all the time, and I did not know how many comics had been issued, as some lacked the issue # on the cover.  (I learned years later that the issue # appeared on the inner front page of the comic).  In 1980, the Whitman name appeared on Pooh comics instead of Gold Key comics (starting at around issue #18).
Pooh Gold Key Comics #s 1 - 8
Top: #s 1-4; Bottom: #s 5-8
The Pooh comics started to become harder and harder to locate, and every so often I would run across them at flea markets.  I would sometimes find them in sealed 3-pack bags, packaged with other Whitman titles--or sometimes other Pooh issues (either different issues or duplicates). 
I enjoyed the Pooh comics so much, that I kept my copies into my adult years.  But, in the back of my head I always wondered how many copies my collection was lacking?  I knew that I had been missing at least one comic book, as my parents had made me choose between two issues when I was a child.  I started searching the internet for vintage Pooh comics.
Pooh Gold Key Comics #s 9 - 16
Top: #s 9 -12; Bottom: #s 13-16
RARE: #16 (Tigger Pushing a Triple Swing)
Through the internet, I discovered that Whitman printed their last new Pooh comic book title in 1984.  So from the first Gold Key comic book run in 1977 to the last Whitman issue in 1984, the Winnie-the-Pooh comic had had a 7-year run.  Online, I started purchasing inexpensive reading copies to fill the gaps in my Pooh comic book collection.  My main purchases were made from eBay and vintage comic book websites.  Unfortunately, I was in the dark about how many comics had been issued during that the 1977 to 1984 timeframe.

After scouring the internet and doing a lot of research, by luck I came across Jean's Winnie the Pooh Cover Gallery.  The page showed me all of the Walt Disney Winnie-the-Pooh comic books that had ever been published, as well as their covers so I could track down gaps in my collection.  Finally I had an answer: Gold Key and Whitman had issued 33 comic books from 1977 to 1984!  Pooh Gold Key comic #1 had cost .30¢ in 1977, and Pooh comic #33 (the last Whitman issue) had cost .60¢ in 1984.
Pooh Gold Key & Whitman Comics #s 17 - 24
Top: #s 17-20; Bottom: #s 21-24
RARE: #21 & #22 (Piglet Eating Honey From a Beehive; Piglet Walking Tightrope, RAREST  )
Rarest Issues: Pooh #16, #21 & #22
There seemed to be about fifteen comics that I was lacking in my collection, so I set out to procure the issues.  This took me almost one year, but then I hit a wall: I could not find issues #16, #21 and #22!  Some information seemed to be circulating on the internet that Whitman had had some problems with distribution in 1980, which would explain the rarity of issues #21 and #22.

According to Comic Completist: "The Whitman comics published between August 1980 and December 1980 were only available in pre-packs, three comics in a package sold through department stores and non-traditional locations.  It is estimated that 25-50 copies exist in the current marketplace."  Needless to say, Walt Disney Presents Winnie-the-Pooh is currently sought out by comic book collectors around the world.

Comic book #16 was dated 1979, with issues #17-20 quite plentiful, so its rarity remains unexplained to me.

The rarest Winnie-the-Pooh Whitman comic book by far, is #22.  It is the comic book with the yellow cover, that features Piglet walking a tightrope overhead, as Pooh stands underneath with a net to catch him.
Pooh Whitman Comics #s 25 - 33
Top: #s 25-28; Bottom: #s 29-32; Far Right: #33
On eBay, I was quite fortunate to hook up with another collector of Pooh comic books.  She too was trying to fill in a vintage collection that she had purchased from an estate sale.  I asked her if she had any spares of issues #21 and #22, and she did!  Needless to say, I gladly bought the issues from her, leaving only comic #16 to complete my collection.
The Rarest Gold Key & Whitman Winnie the Pooh Comics
#16 (L), #21 (Middle), #22 (R)
#22 Is the Rarest Issue
Good Things to Those Who Wait!
Looking for comic book #16 was a waiting game of checking eBay and vintage comic book stores on a daily basis.  After 1 year of looking for that issue, suddenly I located the comic--and a spare copy too!  What a great feeling it was to finish my Walt Disney Presents Winnie the Pooh collection in my adult life.  It may have taken 30 years to finish, but it felt like a gift I was giving my former childhood self!

Do you collect comic books or do you have any different collections (ie: coins, stamps, spoons, etc)?  How long have you been collecting,and why did you get started?    

27 comments:

  1. No I don't collect comic books now, but I did have a awesome collection of Archie comic books when I was a kid/teen. I also acquired my Mom's Archie comic books from the 50's. I can't remember getting rid of them and could KICK myself. I also got rid of all my Barbie stuff - just gave it to goodwill.

    Anyway, just stopping by - I have a newer blog that needs some followers. http://www.shopfrommyhouse.com/

    Take care and have a great evening.

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    1. That sounds like a great Archie collection of your books and your mom's! Stopped by your website, but it didn't allow me to leave comments.

      Jenna

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  2. So happy for you. I do not collect comic books, never really got into them, but glad you were able to complete yours finally!

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  3. This is so great ! all the hunting to find your complete collection and they all appear to be in great condition ! amazing ! Enjoy :)

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! Yes, many of the comic books are in great condition (except for the ones I had when I was 5 years old).

      Jenna

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  4. I actually had no idea Winnie the Pooh had a comic book. Looks like a fun collection :)

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    1. Thanks Gingermommy, I found it interesting that they created such a comic.

      Jenna

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  5. Congrats on completing your set! Now what?! LOL. Kidding! Must be satisfying to have finally found it. I am on the look out for two items. Vintage oil cans for my FIL and he searches for antique bells for me. It is our thing. I also have a vintage Pepsi can/bottle collection. :)

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    1. Shannon, my quest to complete a collection has been satisfied now! Very interesting about your FIL and vintage oil cans, and your antique bells and vintage Pepsi collection!

      Jenna

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  6. What a wonderful collection!! That's so awesome that you were able to complete it. It's so fun to collect something...I collected stamps for YEARS and have a whole binder, book and bag of them lol. I don't anymore, but is still fun to look through all of them :)

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    1. Thank you, Brandi! Do your kids like browsing your stamp collection? They have really made some decorative stamps this past decade worthy of collecting. The Chinese zodiac ones are really beautiful.

      Jenna

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  7. Oh my goodness, my bff would go CRAZY over this! She LOVES Winnie the Pooh - wait until she sees your post!

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    1. Pooh fans are pretty loyal ones, MTM! We also have a stuffed Pooh bear collection, including cute ones wearing party hats!

      Jenna

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  8. Wow what an amazing collection Jenna :) It must be so satisfying to have the complete collection!

    I collected stamps, comics, pencils for a while but that interest comes and goes. Now I just collect cute things like key chains or notebooks...oh and of course winnings ;) hahaha

    Melinda L.

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  9. I love Winnie and his friends, although I will admit I had no idea they had comics, only books I thought. This is pretty cool, kids can read them again and again or um adults lol. Congrats on getting your collection complete!

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  10. What a great Winnie the Pooh set...

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  11. I didn't even know there was a winnie the pooh comic. but congrats on getting the whole collection.

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  12. I love this story so much! I've never collected comics, but I love to find another person that finds value in treasuring in adulthood the things that meant something to us as children. My mom threw away some of my favorite childhood toys without asking because she thought they were junk. A few years back I sought out on ebay and purchased a very specific Jem coloring book that I loved as a child, but I'm still salty that my mom through the one that I colored in away :( Before I get rid of any of my kids toys I always take pictures of them so they'll at least have that once the item is long gone, my daughter has appreciated that so far. I am so glad that you were able to complete your collection! :)
    Here from SITS

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  13. Aww...Congratulations!! I'm not really a big collector. I remember when I was younger I was absolutely obsessed with the scratch and sniff stickers and demanded my dad to get me a big booklet of them. I spent the whole weekend scratching and sniffing away that eventually all the stickers lost its image because of all the scratching I did.

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  14. I recently began collecting Winnie the Pooh comics as well. Any advice on tracking down #22?

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  15. I recently began collecting Winnie the Pooh comics as well. Any advice on tracking down #22?

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    1. James, to complete my Pooh comic book collection I looked both on eBay and on vintage comic book collection websites. During the timeframe that I looked, it did not seem that #21 and #22 came up at all. It was also very rare to see #16 (and when it showed up, it was very expensive).

      I finally was successful when I hooked up with a lady who was purchasing pooh comic books on eBay, and I asked if she had spares of the ones I needed. She had bought a large lot from an estate sale, and she did! All her comic books were in excellent condition too, and her prices were more than fair. She shipped me the comic books, as well as others I had owned in "read only" condition.

      Aside from that, my option was to pay hundreds whenever the comic book popped up on eBay--which was next to never.

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  16. Congratulations! Disney has done such an amazing job with their Pooh adaptations over the years-"Pooh Corner" and "The Book of Pooh"on the Disney Channel, and of course, their recent wonderful feature film. Can't beat the combo of Disney and Pooh!

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  17. Another Disney comic strip series I loved was when they would have comic strips based on the Disney Afternoon series, like "Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers" and "TaleSpin", that would be featured in "Disney Adventures" magazine!

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  18. This is so great,nice to complete a collection.I enjoy collecting Andy Capp

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  19. You have a real treasure chest here

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