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Without the Second World War, there would have been no Australian comic book industry. The wartime bans on imported publications meant local publishers had a captive market, which they dominated throughout the 1940s and early 1950s. The local comics industry suffered two body blows in the 1950s - the arrival of television in Australia in 1956, followed by the resumption of imported, full-colour American comics. Local titles could not compete with either of these and most local publishers had left the field by the early 1960s.


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