Monday, December 17, 2012 12:50:26 PM
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This appears to be Strange Tales #5 (1980s series). I seem to recall issues in this series being Sparta books, printed at World Color Press in Sparta, Illinois. I don't believe there was more than one print site for this issue, or for any Sparta book. It's my understanding that interiors were printed on newsprint, and covers were printed on coated stock, all at one plant (covers and interiors were bound together after press, in a bindery area, I believe also at the same plant).
I have to make assumptions about international distribution, but recall that, ca. the late 1970s, comics published in the UK still tended to have b&w interiors. It's my understanding that American comics, with color interiors, were prized by comics fans in the UK. Ca. the late 1970s, we start seeing Sparta books with a UK price (and no other price). My conclusion would be that these comics were printed in Sparta, Ill., shipped to one or more distributors in the UK, and distributed there.
At some point in the 1980s, we stop seeing comics with a sole UK price, and start seeing what you have illustrated, direct-sales comics with US, Canadian, and UK prices, all on the same copy. My conclusion would be that each issue was still being printed at a single North American location (in the 1980s, Sparta for the cheapest comics, Ronald's in Canada for upscale comics) with US, Canadian, and UK prices, and that an appropriate portion of each production run continued to be shipped to the UK distributor(s).